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The ancient roots of the Rapley family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Rapley comes from when the family lived in the village of Ripley found in various locations in England including Yorkshire. The surname was originally derived from the Old English words ripel meaning strip of land and leah meaning wood. Thus the original bearers of the surname lived in the area that was defined by a strip of land by the forest.

Rapley Early Origins



The surname Rapley was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Rapley Spelling Variations


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Rapley Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Rapley has appeared include Ripley, Rippley, Rippley, Rippleigh, Ripleigh, Riplea and many more.

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Rapley Early History


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Rapley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rapley research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1682 and 1758 are included under the topic Early Rapley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rapley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rapley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Rapley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Rapley arrived in North America very early:

Rapley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Abram Rapley, who landed in New York in 1806
  • Noah Rapley, aged 33, arrived in New York, NY in 1855

Rapley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Martha Eunice Rapley, aged 26, originally from Duncan, Scotland, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Southampton, England [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6W6-92V : 6 December 2014), Martha Eunice Rapley, 17 Oct 1919; citing departure port Southampton, England, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • William Rapley, aged 21, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Tivives" from Cartagena, Colombia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J64V-62Q : 6 December 2014), William Rapley, 05 Sep 1919; citing departure port Cartagena, Colombia, arrival port New York, ship name Tivives, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Annie Rapley, aged 25, originally from Woking, England, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "New York" from Southampton, England [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J661-5P1 : 6 December 2014), Annie Rapley, 13 Nov 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name New York, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Rapley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • C Rapley, who arrived in Montreal in 1832
  • J Rapley, who landed in Montreal in 1832

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rapley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rapley (post 1700)



  • Kevin Rapley (b. 1977), English footballer
  • Teremoana Rapley (b. 1973), New Zealand singer and television presenter
  • Christopher Graham "Chris" Rapley CBE (b. 1947), British scientist, Director of the British Antarctic Survey from 1998 to 2007, Director of the Science Museum (2007-2010)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6W6-92V : 6 December 2014), Martha Eunice Rapley, 17 Oct 1919; citing departure port Southampton, England, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J64V-62Q : 6 December 2014), William Rapley, 05 Sep 1919; citing departure port Cartagena, Colombia, arrival port New York, ship name Tivives, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J661-5P1 : 6 December 2014), Annie Rapley, 13 Nov 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name New York, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

  1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Rapley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rapley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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