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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 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



    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
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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.

    This page was last modified on 19 December 2013 at 08:05.

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