Epulyerd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Epulyerd is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived near an orchard, or in the settlement of Appleyard in Yorkshire. In either case, the name is ultimately derived from the Old English words æppel, meaning apple, and geard, meaning enclosure.
Early Origins of the Epulyerd family
The surname Epulyerd was first found in the counties of Yorkshire and Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times. They retained their estates after the Norman invasion in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Epulyerd family
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Epulyerd Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Epulyerd are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Epulyerd include: Appleyard, Appleyeard, Appelyard, Apelyard and many more.
Early Notables of the Epulyerd family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Anne Appleyard, wife of Robert Bedingfield, Solicitor General to Queen Elizabeth I; and Sir Mathew Appleyard (1606-1669), an English Royalist military commander. He was "the son of Thomas Appleyard, the descendant of...
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Migration of the Epulyerd family
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Epulyerd or a variant listed above: Elizabeth Appleyard who settled in Rappahannock, Virginia in 1729; Thomas Appleyard settled in Virginia in 1663; David Appleyard settled in New York state in 1820.