Appleby, Applebee and other variants are believed to be locational surnames - that is, they probably originated in around the 13th century by people who became known as, for example 'John of Appleby'. As well as Appleby in Westmorland, there is a small village near Scunthorpe called Appleby and also Appleby Magna and Appleby Parva in Leicestershire. You can read about the history of Appleby Magna on the Appleby Magna Village website.
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