The surname of TAPPLY was of the locational group of surnames meaning one who came from TAPLEY some small place in County Devon. There is also a place TAPLOW a parish in County Buckinghamshire, one mile from Maidenhead, that may have given rise to the surname. Adam de TAPPLEGH of County Devon, who was documented during the reign of Henry III (1216-1272) appears to be the first of the name on record.Surnames derived from placenames are divided into two broad categories; topographic names and habitation names. Topographic names are derived from general descriptive references to someone who lived near a physical feature such as an oak tree, a hill stream or a church. Habitation names are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages and farmsteads. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers individual houses with signs on them, regions and whole countries. Robert de TAPPLEGH was recorded in County Devon in 1273, and Robertus and Adam de TAPPLEGH were tenants in Tappelegh, Devon in the same year. As a general rule, the further someone had travelled from his place of origin, the broader the designation. Someone who stayed at home might be known by the name of his farm or locality in the parish; someone who moved to another town might be known by the name of his village; while someone who moved to another county could acquire the name of the county or region from which he originated. Thomas TAPLEY and Mary Keet were married at Canterbury Cathedral, County Kent, in the year 1744. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe. The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. The lion depicted in the crest is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.
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