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Tapley Family History

Recorded as Tapley, Taply and occasionally the dialectal Topley, this surname is English. It is locational from a place in the county of Devonshire called Tapeley. Recorded as Taeppa Leag in the Anglo- Saxon Chronicle, dated 901 and as Tapeleia in the Domesday Book of 1086, the first element is believed to be either the Olde English pre 7th Century personal name Taeppa meaning 'peg' and originally given as a metonymic occupational name to a maker of pegs, plus 'leah', a wood, hence 'Taeppa's Wood', or 'taeppa' literally meaning 'peg' plus 'leah', hence, 'wood where pegs were collected'.

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