Maple History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Maple family

The surname Maple was first found in Essex, where the name appeared in the 13th century. The name Maple, 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 Maple family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maple research. Another 53 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1285, 1327, 1348, 1635 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Maple History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Maple Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Maples, Mapel, Mapples, Maiples, Marples, Mapele and many more.

Early Notables of the Maple family (pre 1700)

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United States Maple migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Maple Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Maple, who settled in Virginia in 1652
  • John Maple, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [1]
  • Tho Maple, who landed in Virginia in 1657 [1]
  • Tho Maple, who arrived in Virginia in 1657
  • Benjamin Maple, aged 21, who arrived in Barbados in 1684 [1]

Australia Maple migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Maple Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Maple, aged 36, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon" [2]
  • James Maple, aged 26, a shepherd, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Punjab"

Contemporary Notables of the name Maple (post 1700) +

  • Samuel A. Maple (1953-2001), American jockey in Thoroughbred horse racing with over 2,500 career wins, younger brother of Eddie Maple
  • Jack Maple (1952-2001), American police officer in New York City, Deputy Police Commissioner for Crime Control Strategies, coauthored the book The Crime Fighter, and inspired the television series The District
  • Howard Albert "Mape" Maple (1903-1970), American NFL player for the Chicago Cardinals in 1930 and a Major League Baseball catcher for the Washington Senators in 1932
  • Edward "Eddie" Maple (b. 1948), American retired horse racing jockey who had 4,398 career wins, awarded the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1995 and the Mike Venezia Memorial Award in 1998, inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 2009
  • Irma M. Maple (d. 1969), American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Brooke County, 1969; Died in office 1969 [3]
  • Sir John Blundell Maple (1845-1903), English business magnate, Member of Parliament, made 1st Baronet Maple in 1892


The Maple 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.


  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. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 20 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SHACKAMAXON 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/shackamaxon1853.shtml.
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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