Early Origins of the Hepple family
The surname Hepple was first found in Northumberland
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in Northumberland
where it was the name of a village where the family name held a family seat.
Early History of the Hepple family
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Hepple Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hepple has been spelled many different ways, including Hepple, Heppell, Hepell, Hepwell, Heppwell, Heppall, Hepall, Heple, Heppill, Hepil, Epple and many more.
Early Notables of the Hepple family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hepple family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hepples to arrive in North America: Wesley, John, James and Abraham Hepwell settled in New York in 1812.
Contemporary Notables of the name Hepple (post 1700)
- Alexander "Alex" Hepple (1904-1983), South African trade unionist, politician, anti-apartheid activist and author, Leader of the South African Labour Party (1953-1958)
- Sir Bob Alexander Hepple QC (1934-2015), South African-born academic, son of Alexander Hepple