Early Origins of the Tapson family
The surname Tapson was first found in Dorset
where one of the earliest records of the name was John and Roger Tappe who was registered there in the Pipe Rolls
of 1194. The name was derived from the Old English word Taeppa. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Tapson family
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Tapson Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Tapson include Tapp, Tapps, Tabb, Tabbs and others.
Early Notables of the Tapson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tapson family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Tapson or a variant listed above: Thomas Tapp settled in Virginia in 1643; Benjamin Tapp of Portugal Cove, married at St. John's Newfoundland in 1781; Anthony and Ann Tapp settled in Maryland in 1774. W.J. Tabb was living in Montreal, Quebec in 1886..
Contemporary Notables of the name Tapson (post 1700)
- Polly Tapson, American producer, active in the 1990s