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Rapley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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.

Early Origins of the Rapley family


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.

Early History of the Rapley family


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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.

Early Notables of the Rapley family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Rapley family to the New World and Oceana


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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Noah Rapley, aged 33, who arrived in New York, NY in 1855 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Rapley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Martha Eunice Rapley, aged 26, originally from Duncan, Scotland, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Southampton, England [2]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, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Tivives" from Cartagena, Colombia [3]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, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "New York" from Southampton, England [4]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

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


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ "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.).
  3. ^ "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.).
  4. ^ "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.).

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