lapsley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the lapsley family

The surname lapsley was first found in Stirling (Gaelic: Siorrachd Sruighlea), a former county in central Scotland, which now makes up parts of the Council Areas of East Dunbartonshire, Falkirk, North Lanarkshire and Stirling, where they held a family seat in their territories. The Pictish influence on Scottish history diminished after Kenneth Macalpine became King of all Scotland. But those east coast families still played an important role in government and were more accessible to Government than their western highland counterparts. Allegiances were important to Scottish middle age survival. Later they held a family seat at Campsie.

Early History of the lapsley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lapsley research. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1642, 1646, 1661, and 1745 are included under the topic Early lapsley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

lapsley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lapslie, Lapsley, Lapslee, Lapslay and others.

Early Notables of the lapsley family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early lapsley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States lapsley migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

lapsley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Lapsley of New Jersey, who was listed among "runaway Servants, Convicts, and Apprentices" in 1762
  • William Lapsley, who was recorded in Philadelphia in 1795
lapsley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anthony Lapsley, whose oath of Allegiance was recorded in Philadelphia in 1826
  • William Lapsley, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1832 [1]
  • W M Lapsley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]

New Zealand lapsley migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

lapsley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Lapsley, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "England" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 6th February 1867 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name lapsley (post 1700) +

  • Anthony Lapsley (b. 1980), American professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter
  • Phil Lapsley (b. 1965), American electrical engineer and entrepreneur
  • David Lapsley (1924-2001), Scottish football player
  • Air Marshal Sir John Hugh Lapsley KBE, CB, DFC, AFC, RAF (1916-1995), World War II fighter pilot and senior Royal Air Force commander
  • Michael Lapsley (b. 1949), New Zealand Anglican Priest, who fought against Apartheid in South Africa, beginning in the 1970s

The lapsley 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: Corona mea Christus
Motto Translation: Christ is my crown.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from on Facebook
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