Early Origins of the Mapelay family
The surname Mapelay was first found in Essex
, where the name appeared in the 13th century. The name Mapelay, like many surnames, was derived from a topographical feature of the family's dwelling place. In this case, it is likely the family lived near a group of maple trees. Another, somewhat less likely possibility is that the family took their name from their house sign; in early times, many houses and buildings were marked with a sign; it is possible that the family resided in a house marked with a sign bearing a maple tree.
Early History of the Mapelay family
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Mapelay Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Maples, Mapel, Mapples, Maiples, Marples, Mapele and many more.
Early Notables of the Mapelay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mapelay family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Maple, who settled in Virginia in 1652; Tho Maple, who arrived in Virginia in 1657; Geo Maples, who came to Virginia in 1665; and Joseph Maples, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1837..
The Mapelay 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: Non vi sed virtute
Motto Translation: By force and prudence.