Show ContentsHapp History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Happ is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived near one or more notable aspen trees. The surname Happ 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. [1]

However, one source notes that name may be "a genitive form of Ape or Appe; a personal name, ante [(before)]1066 [and in the] Domesday Book. " [2]

Early Origins of the Happ family

The surname Happ was first found in Huntingdonshire where the singular name Eppe was recorded c. 1250. A few years later, Roger Eppe was listed in Norfolk according to the Hundredorum Rolls of 1275. The name could have originated at Epps Farm in Bentley, Warwickshire. [3]

Early History of the Happ family

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Happ Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Happ has been recorded under many different variations, including Apps, Apse, Abbs, Abb, App, Apsey, Epps, Ebbs, Epsey, Epp and many more.

Early Notables of the Happ family (pre 1700)

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United States Happ migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Happ or a variant listed above:

Happ Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Row Happ, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [4]
Happ Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Philip Happ, aged 34, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748 [4]
Happ Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anna Kath Happ, aged 42, who arrived in Arkansas in 1882 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Happ (post 1700) +

  • Suzanne Happ, American actress, known for Swim Team (1979), The House That Jack Built (2009) and Reasonable Doubts (1991)
  • Ethan Happ (b. 1996), American redshirt junior basketball player for the Wisconsin Badgers
  • Ian Edward Happ (b. 1994), American Major League Baseball second baseman and outfielder for the Chicago Cubs, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • James Anthony "J. A." Happ (b. 1982), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays, born in Peru, Illinois
  • Louis L. Happ, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1904 [5]
  • Simon Happ (b. 1961), German producer, from Munich, Germany, known for his work on Still Movin' (1997), Seven Days to Live (2000) and Der Wixxer (2004)

The Happ 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.

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. 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)
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from on Facebook