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Where did the English Maples family come from? What is the English Maples family crest and coat of arms? When did the Maples family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Maples family history?


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

First found in Essex, where the name appeared in the 13th century. The name Maples, 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maples research. Another 105 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1285, 1327, 1348, 1635 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Maples History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 49 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Maples Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Maples Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Tho Maples, who landed in Virginia in 1662
  • Geo Maples, who arrived in Virginia in 1665
  • Geo Maples, who came to Virginia in 1665

Maples Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Maples, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1837

Maples Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Maples, English convict from Nottinghamshire, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Charles Maples arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Hyde" in 1849
  • G. Maples arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Hyde" in 1849


  • Marla Maples (b. 1963), American actress, model and public figure, best known for her marriage to celebrity Donald Trump
  • Michael D. Maples (b. 1949), American Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, recipient of the Legion of Merit (3) and the Bronze Star
  • William R. Maples (1937-1997), American forensic anthropologist, author of "Dead Men Do Tell Tales: The Strange and Fascinating Cases of a Forensic Anthropologist"
  • Bobby Ray Maples (1942-1991), American football center and linebacker who played from 1965 to 1978, AFL All-Star (1968)
  • Holly Maples, American actress, best known for playing Eleanor Prince on the drama series In Plain Sight
  • William Maples (1820-1854), English civil servant in the Indian civil service and first-class cricketer for Cambridge University in 1839
  • John Cradock Maples (1943-2012), Baron Maples, British politician, Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1999-2000), Shadow Secretary of State for Defence (1998-1999), Economic Secretary to the Treasury (1989-1992)
  • Chauncy Maples (1852-1895), British Anglican missionary, Bishop of Likoma, on Likoma Island, in East Africa, eponym of the SS Chauncy Maples, the first steamship on Lake Nyasa


  • The Fifth Commandment: Legend of a Family by William Maple.
  • A Maples Leaf by Mary Ford Southworth.

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.


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  2. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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The Maples Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Maples Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 9 June 2015 at 08:55.

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