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Where did the English Epps family come from? What is the English Epps family crest and coat of arms? When did the Epps family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Epps family history?

The ancestors of the name Epps date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence near one or more notable aspen trees. The surname Epps is derived from the Old English word ępse, which means aspen. The surname may also be a nickname in jest, for a timid person, referring to the trembling leaves of the tree.


Epps has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Apps, Apse, Abbs, Abb, App, Apsey, Epps, Ebbs, Epsey, Epp and many more.

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, [1] a census taken in 1086 by King William of all land holders.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Epps research. Another 302 words(22 lines of text) covering the year 1307 is included under the topic Early Epps History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Epps Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Eppss to arrive on North American shores:

Epps Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mrs. Epps, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Peter Epps, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • William Epps, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Elizabeth Epps, aged 13, arrived in America in 1635

Epps Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Margarethe Epps, aged 17, arrived in New York, NY in 1876
  • Peter Epps landed in New York with his wife and five children in 1876

Epps Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Moses Epps arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839

Epps Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Epps, aged 32, a gardener, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Mary Epps, aged 32, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Eliza Epps, aged 7, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • George Epps, aged 5, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Martha Ann Epps, aged 3, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842



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.


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Epps Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Epps Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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