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Early Origins of the Mapletoft family

The surname Mapletoft 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]

Actually, Mablethorpe is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was known as Malbertorp. [2] At that time, it literally meant "outlying farmstead of a man called Malbert." from the Old German personal name + the Viking word "thorp." [3]

However, we must look to Yorkshire to find the first record of the family. It is here that Gilbert de Maupertorp was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1219. [4]

Early History of the Mapletoft family

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

Mapletoft Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Mapletoft 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...
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Canada Mapletoft migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mapletoft Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Mapletoft, who was on record in the census of Ontario, Canada in 1871

West Indies Mapletoft migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [5]
Mapletoft Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Robert Mapletoft, who settled in Barbados in 1685

Contemporary Notables of the name Mapletoft (post 1700) +

  • Mark Mapletoft (b. 1971), English former rugby union international who represented England in one test against Argentina in 1997
  • Justin Mapletoft (b. 1981), Canadian former professional NHL ice hockey centre

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
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