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the Appleby one-name study and DNA project

the Appleby one-name study and DNA project

Surnames covered in our DNA project:



plus any other variants


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The current banner shows Alnwick Castle, in Northumberland - a county in the far north east of England, bordering Scotland.  This region is home to a number of Appleby lines - and our DNA project has confirmed genetic connections between several of these, which also match lines in Canada, USA and Ireland.

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Appleby/Applebee families from the Midlands & East Anglian regions of England

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.


With your help, I hope to add more family trees and resource data for this part of England to the website - please use the Contact Form to let me know if you would be prepared to contribute details of your own family trees and/or Birth, Marriage and Death data for inclusion on the site.


NB To prevent any possibility of publishing details of living individuals, family trees will not show recent generations and there will be appropriate cut off points for all other data.

Family Trees

  • Applebys from Layer de la Haye in Essex - this page has links to the first four Essex lines from this village: 

  • James and Sarah Norman

  • Joseph and Sarah Gentry

  • William Appleby and Hannah

  • Edward Appleby and Amelia

  • Nathaniel Appleby of Langenhoe - generations of this family lived around Langenhoe, Abberton and Fingringhoe - but eventually members moved to West Ham and Canning town in East London.  Some descendants are known to have emigrated to New Zealand

  • James Apelbi of Boxted, Essex - this very large group of families remained in Boxted for at least eight generations before dispersing to nearby villages, to Colchester and London. One family is known to have emigrated to Arizona. The charts for this line are currently not available, due to the discovery of a number of inconsistencies.

  • William Appleby of Gt Braxted, Essex - several generations of this line lived in Great Braxted, Rivenhall, Tolleshunt D'Arcy, and Kelvedon where they were farmers and later innkeepers.  We believe that one descendant - Forrest Appleby was a banker in Canada in the 1920s.

  • Miles Applebee of Dedham, Essex - although Miles was born in Dedham, most of his children were born to the SW of Chelmsford in Fryerning or Ingatestone.  Almost the entire family migrated to Kent in the 1850s/60s.

  • George Appleby and Elizabeth Nice or Nurse - from Ardleigh, Essex.  A major branch of this family emigrated to Australia

  • Charles Applebee, wheelwright of Moulsham, Essex. Charles was born in about 1786 in Dedham - and was probably a brother of Miles. Like Miles' family - most of Charles descendants also moved away from Essex and were found in London and the home counties as well as Yorkshire and Lancashire by 1911.

East Anglia is known to be a major Appleby stronghold - I am currently working on a number of Appleby/Applebee/Appelby family trees from this part of England, which will be presented in groups of families from similar geographical areas.  If YOU belong to a line of Applebys with links to Essex, please use the contact form to get in touch with me as soon as possible, and make sure that I have the most up to date information about your tree to include on the site.  


click on the map to enlarge - This image appears by kind permission of the Appleby Magna Village Website

Essex in 1753  Emmanuel Bowen  in  Britannia Depicta (source Genmaps)


The Midlands

East Anglia

Undertaking your own research on your Essex Ancestors

There are two online services which provide excellent information for Essex parish registers:

  • freeREG provides very accurate and detailed transcriptions of numerous Essex parishes and, as suggested by the name of the site, is completely free

  • Essex Register Office provides an online Archive search – go to and select the ‘Parish Register’ tab.  This is a payable service and you can select to pay for using the service for various periods from one day (at £20) up to a year (at £95)  The huge advantage of this service is that you can access online images of the parish registers for EVERY parish in the county (though you do need to be something of a palaeographer to read the earliest entries!)