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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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Scotland, Ireland, Wales

We know that there were Applebys in Scotland and Ireland in the last few centuries, though I'm not sure about Wales ... but whether they originated in those countries or migrated there from England remains to be discovered!


Our DNA programme is already throwing up some answers to these questions!


There is evidence from early parish records and census data that there were Applebys in Scotland from the 1600s onwards.  So far, we only have one Scottish Appleby tree, and in fact we know that this particular line originally came from Ireland.


If you belong to a line of Scottish Applebys, do please get in touch so that we can add your famiy tree to the website.

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Although APPLEBY/BEE is not an Irish surname, there seem to be a number of Applebys in Ireland - further research is necessary to discover which parts of the country they were living at various points in history and where they originally came from.  

Scottish census data and BMD records are available in the Members' Resources area.

If YOUR Appleby ancestors came from Ireland, please do send us details, so that we can add your Irish Appleby tree to this page. - from BMD and census records, we know there was another cluster of Applebys living in and around Wicklow and Wexford.


The Members' Resource area now includes census and other information for Ireland, and I am currently putting together some census data for Irish APPLEBYs who migrated away to other countries.  

Applebys of Kirkcaldy, Scotland - although we know that this line originated in Ireland, they lived for a number of generations in the Kirkcaldy area of Fife.- we have now confirmed the Kirkcaldy line shares a common ancestor with the line of Applebys from Roscommon (See below)

Alexander Appelbe of Cork - this large family is descended from Alexander who was born in around 1725 and was a 'linnen weaver'.  Family stories suggest that he was a Huguenot or Walloon descendant, but more evidence is still needed to prove these connections.

William Appleby of Pennsylvania - we know that William and his brothers sailed from Northern Ireland to America in the 1770s - but it is now looking as if the line did NOT originate in Ireland.  We have DNA evidence that this line shares a common ancestor with Applebys from Northumberland, Kirkcaldy and Roscommon

Applebys of Roscommon - this line comprises descendants of eight couples living in the parish of Cootehall in Roscommon in the mid 19th century.  We are still searching for records to show how they are related to each other (and to the Kirkcaldy line in Scotland)

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