Maplethorp History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Maplethorp family

The surname Maplethorp was first found in Lincolnshire at Mablethorpe, a parish, in the union of Louth, Marsh division of the hundred of Calceworth. "This place is supposed to have obtained its name from the great number of maple-trees with which it formerly abounded, and the stumps of which are still to be seen at low water." [1]

Another source claims that the place name derives its name from the Old German personal name + the Viking word "thorp" and literally meant "outlying farmstead of a man called Malbert." [2] The place name dates back to at least the Domesday Book where it was first listed as Malbertorp. [3]

Early History of the Maplethorp family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maplethorp research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1609, 1677, 1664, 1677, 1631, 1721 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Maplethorp History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Maplethorp Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Maplethorp, Maplethorpe, Mablethorp, Mablethrope, Maplethrop, Maplethropp, Mablethropp and many more.

Early Notables of the Maplethorp family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Robert Mapletoft (1609-1677), an English churchman and academic from North Thoresby, Lincolnshire, Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge (1664-1677), and Dean of Ely; and his son, John Mapletoft (1631-1721), an...
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Maplethorp Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Maplethorp migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Maplethorp Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Maplethorp, who was on record in Illinois in 1886


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)


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