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There are different spellings of the name (especially in the past) but there doesn't seem to be specific variants from the analysis so far.
The earliest example of the surname is found in the Admissions to the Freedom of York, Richard II (1377-99). John Wouldhave a Tapiter (maker of tapestries and carpets)
Distribution of the name
The surname is found in Newcastle upon Tyne from their earliest church registers. Although there are a small number of examples of the surname in the counties of Northumberland, Durham and Yorkshire as well as in London, it isn't until the first half of the eighteenth century that there is much evidence in church records around North Shields, South Shields, Jarrow, Leeds and Barnard Castle of families settling in the area.
Some families emigrated to America, with some evidence being found in the Maryland Archives, Somerset Judicial Records 1692-96 and later (late nineteenth century) in Massachusetts and Utah.
Data has been taken from the BMD and Census records of England and Census data from Scotland.
All the examples of the surname from BMD records have been combined to give 6 family trees.
Data has also been taken from all available Newcastle upon Tyne Church registers and other Church registers in the relevant regions.
Data has also been collected from Wills, Court Rolls, Guild documents, Military documents and Merchant Navy documents.
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