Yapp

Yapp - what does Yapp surname mean?

This very interesting and unusual name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is from a nickname surname for a clever or cunning person. The derivation is from the Olde English pre 7th Century `gcap`, which meant originally `open` or `wide`, although it also had a later meaning of `curved` or `bent`. However, it is thought that the latter meaning did not influence the surname formation. A sizeable group of early European surnames were gradually created from the habitual use of nicknames. These were given in the first instance with reference to occupation, or to a variety of characteristics, such as physical attributes or peculiarities, mental and moral characteristics (as in this instance), supposed resemblance to an animal`s or bird`s appearance or disposition, or to habits of dress. This name is particularly prevalent in the West Midlands. Recordings from London Church Registers include: the marriage of Margarett Yapp and Robert Busby on February 2nd 1622, at St. Botolph`s, Bishopsgate, and the christening of Anne, daughter of Richard and Christina Yapp, on December 8th 1665, at St. Dunstan`s, Stepney. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard Yap, which was dated 1200, in the `Pipe Rolls of Nottinghamshire`, during the reign of King John, known as `Lackland`, 1199 - 1216. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to `develop` often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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