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The surname Maples was 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.

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


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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.

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

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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

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  • William R. Maples (1937-1997), American forensic anthropologist, author of "Dead Men Do Tell Tales: The Strange and Fascinating Cases of a Forensic Anthropologist"
  • Michael D. Maples (b. 1949), American Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, recipient of the Legion of Merit (3) and the Bronze Star
  • Holly Maples, American actress, best known for playing Eleanor Prince on the drama series In Plain Sight
  • Bobby Ray Maples (1942-1991), American football center and linebacker who played from 1965 to 1978, AFL All-Star (1968)
  • Marla Maples (b. 1963), American actress, model and public figure, best known for her marriage to celebrity Donald Trump
  • Orrin S. Maples, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bozrah, 1906
  • Frank T. Maples, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Norwich, 1903-06
  • Darwin Maples, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1956
  • Darius Maples, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Delaware County, 1838
  • William Maples (1820-1854), English civil servant in the Indian civil service and first-class cricketer for Cambridge University in 1839

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

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