Appleby family page
Melissa Jane Appleby celebrating her 78th birthday
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Origin of surname
This surname came to Jersey from England in the 17th century and is of Norse-Viking origin. It is a locational name from any of the various places named with the Old Norse "apall" meaning apple, plus the Old Norse "-byr", a farm or settlement. These places include Appleby in Leicestershire, recorded as "Aplebi" in the Domesday Book of 1086; Appleby in Lincolnshire, appearing as "Aplebi" in the Domesday Book, and as "Appelbi" in the 1167 Pipe Rolls of that county, and Appleby in Westmoreland.
The surname was first recorded in the latter part of the 12th Century.
The earliest record in Jersey is the marriage of Thomas Appleby to Dorite (Dorothee) Le Filliastre in St Brelade on 1 October 1657. They had two children baptised in the parish - Elizabeth and Thomas, and then Thomas married for a second time to Anne Le Cras, and had two further children, Marie and Jean (see tree below). Thomas was born in England in 1625 and was buried in 1669, the year before the birth of his son Jean.
These wills created by members of the Appleby family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Thomas Applebis of St Brelade, desires to be buried in St Brelade's Cemetery, bequeaths to the poor of St Brelade, £20 of the order of the King 22 November 1788 - D/Y/A/14
- Elie Appleby of St Mary, desires to be buried in St Mary's Cemetery, bequeaths to the poor of St Mary, £12 of the order of the King 25 March 1820 - D/Y/A/19
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