Maplethorpe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Maplethorpe family

The surname Maplethorpe 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 Maplethorpe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maplethorpe 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 Maplethorpe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Maplethorpe Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Maplethorpe 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 Maplethorpe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Maplethorpe migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Maplethorpe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Martha Annie Maplethorpe, aged 58, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Maud Maplethorpe, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States from Lincoln, England, in 1914
  • Charles Maplethorpe, aged 28, who settled in America, in 1918
  • C. Maplethorpe, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1920
  • William H. Maplethorpe, aged 23, who settled in America from Chapel Hill, England, in 1924


  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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