Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Variants: Appelbee, Applebee
Category: 3 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is well under way on a global basis.
DNA website: www.familytreedna.com/groups/appleby/about
Guild hosted website:
Contact: Mrs Sue Mastel
and two small villages in North Yorkshire:
According to World Names Profiler, the Frequency per million (FPM) for the two main variants were as follows:
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.
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