The Poperwell surname is a habitational (local) name taken on from any of several place names in West Yorkshire
. These place names derive from the Old English words "popel," which is thought to have meant "pebble," and "wella" which meant a "spring," or "stream."
Early Origins of the Poperwell family
The surname Poperwell was first found in Yorkshire
at either Upper Poppleton or Nether Poppleton, villages and civil parishes that date back to Saxon times. The first record of the place name was found in c. 972 when it was listed as Popeltune. By the time of the Domesday Book
of 1086, the place was listed as Popletone. At that time, the villages and lands were given by Osbern De Arches to the Abbot of St Mary's in York. The name is derived from popel (pebble) and tun (hamlet, farm), and means "farmstead on pebbly soil." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 14th century when John of Popplewell held estates in that shire in 1316. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Poperwell family
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Poperwell Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Popplewell, Poplewell, Poplewell, Popplewel, Popple, Popplehale, Pophull, Pophull and many more.
Early Notables of the Poperwell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Poperwell family to Ireland
Some of the Poperwell family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Poperwell family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Timothy Popplewell, a bonded passenger, who arrived in 1738; George Popplewell, who was on record in Nova Scotia in 1749; Mary Popplewell, a bonded passenger, sent to America in 1762.