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- 1. Appleby-in-Westmorland,
- 2. Appleby Magna and Appleby Parva in the Midlands,
- 3. Appleby in Lincolnshire
and two small villages in North Yorkshire:
- 4. Uppleby by Easingwold and
- 5. Eppleby near Richmond.
Historical occurrences of the name
* Henry de Appleby, rector of Bolton-juxta-Bowland 1367
* John de Appleby, instituted as vicar of Tilney, Norfolk, England in 1372
* Sir Edmund de Appleby who died in 1375. He fought at the Batle of Crecy in France with King Edward III
* William Ivers Appleby 1811-1870 Journalist and pioneer on a Mormon Wagon Train to Utah.
* James Appleby, 1824-1835 who died aged 11 along with 75 boys in the Walsend Colliery Disaster.
* Thomas A. Appleby 1843-1925 Veteran of the American Civil War
* Stuart Appleby The Australian World Class golfer.
According to World Names Profiler, the Frequency per million (FPM) for the two main variants were as follows:
Distribution of the name
In the 1881 census of England and Wales, there were 5054 individuals carrying the surname APPLEBY or close variants, 346 carrying the surname APPLEBEE or close variants, and 72 carrying the surname APPELBY or close variants.
The above distribution maps (created using Archer software's 'Surname Atlas') show the clear distinction between the origins of the Appleby spelling mainly in the north of England and the Applebee spelling in Somerset and London/SE. The third map reflects the much smaller number of surnames which were probably pronounced Appelbe/bee/bie. Many of the holders of this last group of the surname are now found in Australia.
As a result of migration to the New World, APPLEBYs and APPLEBEEs are now found in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States.