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The illustrious surname Tapley finds its origin in the rocky, sea swept coastal area of southwestern England known as Cornwall. Although surnames were fairly widespread in medieval England, people were originally known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted is extremely interesting. As populations grew, people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Under the Feudal System of government, surnames evolved and they often reflected life on the manor and in the field. Lords and their tenants often became known by the name of the feudal territory they owned or lived on. Unlike most Celtic peoples, who favored patronymic names, the Cornish predominantly used local surnames. This was due to the heavy political and cultural influence of the English upon the Cornish People at the time that surnames first came into use. Local surnames were derived from where a person lived, held land, or was born. While many Cornish surnames of this sort appear to be topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees, many are actually habitation surnames derived from lost or unrecorded place names. The name Tapley is a local type of surname and the Tapley family lived in Devon in village of Tapeley.

Tapley Early Origins



The surname Tapley was first found in Devon where the name is associated with the village of Tapeley. At the taking of the Domesday census in 1086 Tapeley was held by Osbern, a Norman Baron, who held it from the Bishop of Countances. However, some of the family were well established as Tabley Inferior in Cheshire from ancient times. " Tabley House, the seat of Lord de Tabley, is replete with natural and artificial embellishments. The ancient house, the former seat of the family, is, with good taste, preserved; it is a fine specimen of the old habitations of the aristocracy of the country, and is situated on an island." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Continuing the quest in Cheshire, the parish of Knutsford was also found to be an ancient family seat. "At the Conquest, Knutsford formed part of the barony of Halton, but in the reign of Edward I. it came into the possession of Sir William de Tabley, who obtained for it a charter of incorporation and various privileges." One of the first records of the family was Adam de Tabley, Lord of Cheadle (1270-1306), son of Roger d'Eiville, father of William de Tabley (born c. 1275.) This William is presumed to be the aforementioned Sir William. He had at least one daughter, Katherine de Tabley (1310-1390) who with her sisters(?) sold the estate in small parcels to the Masseys, Egertons and Breretons.


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Tapley Spelling Variations


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Tapley Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Tapley, Taplay, Tappleigh, Tapleigh, Taplegh, Tapplegh, Taplow, Taploe, Tapploe, Tapplow, Tapely, Tapply, Tarpley, Tarpleigh, Tarplow and many more.

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Tapley Early History


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Tapley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tapley research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1250 and 1745 are included under the topic Early Tapley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tapley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tapley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Tapley 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



An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Tapley:

Tapley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Clement Tapley, who arrived in Boston in 1640
  • Clement Tapley, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1640
  • Christopher Tapley, who arrived in Maryland in 1668
  • Christopher Tapley, who landed in Maryland in 1668
  • William Tapley, who settled in Jamaica in 1685

Tapley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Tapley, who arrived in Maryland in 1775

Tapley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • H. Tapley, who arrived in New York, NY in 1823
  • Daniel Tapley, who arrived in New York in 1835
  • Daniel Tapley, who landed in New York in 1835
  • H M Tapley, aged 31, arrived in New York, NY in 1851

Tapley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mary Bryan Tapley, who came to New Brunswick in 1794

Tapley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Henry Tapley, who was on record in the census of Ontario, Canada of 1871

Tapley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Tapley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  • Mary Tapley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  • Elizabeth Tapley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  • James Morford Tapley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  • Katherine Tapley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Tapley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Tapley arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857

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Contemporary Notables of the name Tapley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Tapley (post 1700)



  • Amanda Tapley (b. 1988), American beauty pageant titleholder, Miss Alabama 2008
  • Byron D Tapley, American director of the Center for Space Research and Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas
  • William Tapley, American politician, Representative from New York 23rd District, 1996
  • Walter Moore Tapley Jr. (1898-1971), American Republican politician, Justice of Maine State Supreme Court, 1954-69
  • Rufus P. Tapley (d. 1893), American politician, Justice of Maine State Supreme Court, 1865-72
  • Philip C. Tapley, American politician, Mayor of Saco, Maine, 1905-06
  • Joseph Tapley, American politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Pike County, 1901-04
  • Rose Tapley (1883-1956), American leading lady of the stage and an early heroine of silent films
  • William Tapley, English actor
  • Colin Tapley (1907-1995), New Zealand actor, known for his participation on the Byrd Antarctic expedition and for his roles in The Dam Busters (1955), The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935) and The Vise (1954)
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm

Other References

  1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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The Tapley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tapley 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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