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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • English (Kent) : from Middle English apse ‘aspen tree’ (Old English æpse). See also Asp. Generally, this was a topographic name for someone who lived by an aspen or a habitational name from a place named with this word, as for example Apps in Surrey, Apse on the Isle of Wight, or Asps in Warwickshire. Occasionally it may have been applied as a nickname for a timorous person, with reference to the trembling leaves.
  • Dutch : variant of Epps.

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