Eppes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The lineage of the name Eppes begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived near one or more notable aspen trees. The surname Eppes is derived from the Old English word æpse, which means aspen. The surname may also be a nickname in jest, for a timid person, referring to the trembling leaves of the tree.
Early Origins of the Eppes family
The surname Eppes was first found in the county of Middlesex in southern England where they held a family seat from very ancient times. During the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, unlike many Saxon families, bearers of this name managed to hold onto much of their holdings and these are recorded in the Domesday Book,  a census taken in 1086 by King William of all land holders.
Early History of the Eppes family
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Eppes Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Eppes has undergone many spelling variations, including Apps, Apse, Abbs, Abb, App, Apsey, Epps, Ebbs, Epsey, Epp and many more.
Early Notables of the Eppes family (pre 1700)
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Eppes migration to the United States +
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Eppes were among those contributors:
Eppes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Francis Eppes, who was on record in Virginia in 1625 with his three sons
- Francis Eppes, who arrived in Virginia in 1625 
Contemporary Notables of the name Eppes (post 1700) +
- Richard Eppes (1824-1896), American planter and surgeon in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War
- Mary "Polly" "Maria" Jefferson Eppes (1778-1804), born Mary Jefferson, the younger of Thomas Jefferson's two daughters who survived infancy
- Francis Wayles Eppes VII (1801-1881), American grandson of President Thomas Jefferson
- John Wayles Eppes (1773-1823), American attorney and politician, United States Senator from Virginia (1817-1819)
- T. J. Eppes, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1860
- Nelda Eppes, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Texas, 1996; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2004, 2012; Presidential Elector for Texas, 2012
- John Wayles Eppes (1773-1823), American Democrat politician, Member of Virginia State House of Delegates, 1801-03; U.S. Representative from Virginia, 1803-11, 1813-15
- Henry Eppes, American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate 7th District, 1872-74
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The Eppes Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: In Te Domine Speravi
Motto Translation: In thee, O Lord, I have placed my hope.
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)