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The Popple 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 Popple family

The surname Popple 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." [1].

One of the first records of the family in early rolls was Nicholas Poppehale, listed in 1296, followed by Robert Popehull who was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Somerset in 1327. In Warwickshire, we found John de Pophull in the Subsidy Rolls of 1332. John de Popelwell was listed at Wakefield, Yorkshire in 1316 and later, Roger de Popelwell was found in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [2]

Early History of the Popple family

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Popple Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Popplewell, Poplewell, Poplewell, Popplewel, Popple, Popplehale, Pophull, Pophull and many more.

Early Notables of the Popple family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Edmund Popple, Sheriff of Hull in 1638; and his son, William Popple (1638-1708), an English Unitarian merchant and translator of John Locke's A Letter Concerning Toleration. William Popple (1701-1764), the English dramatist, was the only son of William Popple of St. Margaret's, Westminster, who died in 1722, and was buried at Hampstead...
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Migration of the Popple family

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.

Contemporary Notables of the name Popple (post 1700) +

  • William Popple (1701-1764), English official, dramatist and politician, Governor of Bermuda (1745-1764)
  • Dr James Popple (b. 1964), Australian Senior Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) on Facebook