YFull id: YF09093 (Y-DNA: J-YP13*, J-BY40918) Western Fertile Crescent, (mtDNA: J1c1b2a) Middle East

In comparing a wide range of genealogical data, this website is a history of the Pople family of High Ham (17th century), Somerset: tracing its line of posterity from an Unknown Pople (16th century) to the present generations and giving something of the times hundreds of years ago together with historic family facts of local and national interest.

In remembrance of my great Grandfather, Pvt. Frank Ernest Pople, RFC, LINC R, ASC (April 1878-March 1966) and Kenneth Arthur Stone Pople (27 November 1917-2 November 2008).

The following information is still a work-in-process, and has been pieced together from various sources since 2001. I hope it serves as an overall historical perspective on the migrations of our Pople line for future generations. My many thanks go to Jim Elliott of Scotland, Christopher and his late father Kenneth Pople of Bristol, Robert HA Sanders of Arnhem, Dave & Jo Pople of Bristol, Leonie Aspin Sands of New Zealand, Philip Clark of Somerset and Jeff Taylor of Oak Park, Michigan to name but a few.

Although this website is dedicated to my own paternal line, much of the information therein will no doubt be relevant for all Pople families, regardless of where they may have been dispersed through the movement of various holders of the name. Like most surnames, there are several records of the name in its various spelling forms, many alternatives will be brushed upon but others may be omitted for the sake of clarity.

Early historic spellings such as Popil, Pophull, Popeull will later prove very important concerning the derivation of the Pople name; (Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum records the surname Pople in MS 1394, 1413, 1420 and 1487 in various folios), “The Burke’s Peerage World Book of Poples” is another good resource.

POPLE is so common a name in North Somerset that in only one of the county’s several registration districts – that of Axbridge, which covers the area from Burnham-On-Sea to Weston-Super-Mare – some 185 Poples are listed on the 1891 census. Among them were twelve different Elizabeth Poples and eleven William Poples. The Poples were mostly farm-workers or self-employed craftsmen of no great social standing who did not need to keep family records for inheritance purposes as did the more prosperous landed families. During the 17th century, the name acquired various spellings – Popel, Popley, Popple, Poppell are some – but our line remained Pople.

GedMatch: T378203, ySearch: QRHHN, Y-DNA: J-YP13* (J-BY40918) YFull id:YF09093 (ENG), mtDNA: J1c1b2a (WAL):

"(Teutonic-Latin) Dweller by a Popple- or Poplar-Tree [Middle English popyl (-tre), Old English popel-, popul- = Scandinavian poppel; Latin popul-us, the poplar]" — Surnames of the United Kingdom (1912) by Henry Harrison

“This name. sometimes written POPLE Popple in England. is of very ancient existence there, coming from Normandy about the time of the Conquest.”-- “Genealogies of the State of New York: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation”, Volume 3

“Dear Kevin, I think at 447 you have had a multiple deletion which for some reason 447 is prone to.I also think at 464 you mutated to 15-15-15-15. If we therefore ignore these markers you end up very close to Lamy from Ourville-en-Caux who you are already next to in the j2b project. This does suggest that Pople origins are in the Ourville area. Best Wishes David”: davidlangton@hotmail.co.uk –

“Pople, or Populus. See People. / Pepall. See People.

The Populus family were a Noble family (Knights and Lords) in Gascony (Gascogne), France. [Populus, Biarittz, France]. Pople. Robert Populus of Normandy (AN).

People. Robert Populus of Nor-mandy held lands at Anet and Saucey from Philip Augustus, Nor-mandy, c. 1200 (Mem. Soc. Ant. Norm. V. 180).”: https://archive.org/…/normanpeopleand01unkngoog_djvu.txt

“Pople, or Populus. See People.” “Pepall. See People. People. Robert Populus of Nor-mandy held lands at Anet and Saucey from Philip Augustus, Nor-mandy, c. 1200 (Mem. Soc. Ant. Norm. V. 180). "-- "Full text of "The Norman people and their existing descendants in the British dominions and the United States of America ..”: https://archive.org/stream/normanpeopleand01unkngoog/normanpeopleand01unkngoog_djvu.txt

Pople’s Well, Crewkerne is named after a local prominent family. 4 miles away from Pople’s Well is the Manor called Pupelpen or Pipplepen (a family of considerable importance- De Pupplepens). Pople: This unusual and interesting name is of Old French (Anglo-Norman) origin, and is commonly believed to be a topographical surname for someone who lived by a strand of poplar trees or a single conspicuous poplar tree.

Copyright © 2013, updated © 2018. Kevin J. Pople (Lepeuple). "Last name: Pople (Lepeuple)", a website for the Poples (formerly Pople Family Association)

Project Administrator
A website for all the Poples
First Published October 03, 2017
Family History, Last name: Pople (Lepeuple), Genetic Genealogy, Citizen Science

“1930s Publow Village, Somerset”: https://www.flickr.com/photos/brizzlebornandbred/5356584711

“We are more in- clined to connect Piple with Pople, as in Poble-lowe, Pub-low.” / “And so Pople-lowe would then mean the peo-ple’s or common land.” / “Pen means a headland, Poble’s headland, as Publow is Poble-lowe or Pople-haugh, if not just the one whole name Pabilo, as above suggested.”-- Full text of “The place-names of Somerset”: https://archive.org/stream/cu31924028058208/cu31924028058208_djvu.txt?fbclid=IwAR0l5KvIpFgR3UKIIYL5J4mfDTsAJ_vnvSYeTV0cO4dn8sNQUHrDTULmbWw

“It is the known name of an owner, Babilo and Pabilo, names which are still perhaps akin to Peplig.” / “Babilo is cited as an extant name.”

Bable: “In some instances, the name may have also been a nickname for someone, such as a Moor or Berber, who appeared to be of North African heritage.”

Poples Well, Crewkerne, Somerset. Copyright: www1.somerset.gov.uk

“Файл:Distribution Haplogroup J2 Y-DNA 2018.svg”: https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A4%D0%B0%D0%B9%D0%BB:Distribution_Haplogroup_J2_Y-DNA_2018.svg

** J2 (Syrid/Nahrainid Arabid) Northern Southwest-Asians

“Haplogroup J2: (Greco-Anatolian. Notable cultural attributes = early adopters of superior sea navigation, literacy and urbanisation) bronze age immigrants – this haplogroup is reasonably common in southern Europe (circa 10-20%) and is found in lower percentages (circa 3-5%) in almost every nation in Europe; it is associated with, inter alia, the Minoans, Phoenicians and Etruscans.”: http://romanpagan.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/y-dna-haplogroups-of-europe.html

Popleswell, Crewkerne, Somerset

Pople's Well, Crewkerne, Somerset (ST 435 099)

Seen 17th August 1987.

 From the information board in the town centre, turn onto the A356 and left into Abbey Street. Continue westwards, over the hill and down. On the left, beside the path and next to a field, you will find Pople's Well at the foot of the hill. The well, which it is said rises in the churchyard but is not regarded as 'Holy', consists of steps leading down to the outlet and drain into which the water drips. It was named after a prominent local family, yet was held in a superstitious awe, albeit of an undefined nature.

Text & Illustrations © James Rattue (1989)

"Horne quotes a recollection concerning a 'Beauty Spring' here;'... it was embowered amid brambles and sting-nettles... the water was reputed to bestow beauty upon those who bathed their faces therein at sunrise on the first of March.' There was also a 'Pople's Well', at the bottom of the hill on the west side of the church and, although it was not designated holy, some would not drink the water 'because it rose among the bodies in the Churchyard.' The Poples were an old Crewkerne family." -- summarised by Dom. Ethelbert Horne, 'Somerset Holy Wells' published in 1923

Designed & Maintained by Richard L. Pederick (© 1999) | Created 23/12/99

Popleswell, Crewkerne, Somerset

Poples End, Crewkerne, Somerset, other Pople placenames include:-

  1. Poples Bow, TA9, Burnham-On-Sea
  2. Poples Bow, TA9, Edithmead
  3. Poples Bow, TA9, Highbridge
  4. Pople's Well, TA18, Crewkerne
  5. Pople's Lane, BA11, Vobster
  6. Poples Bow, TA9, Burnham Without
  7. Poples Bow, TA9, Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
  8. Poples Bow, TA9, Edithmead
  9. Pople Street, Wymondham, Norfolk
  10. Pople's Lane, BA11, near Mells A no through road leading to Edney's Farm.
  11. Pople, Liberia

There are also many Pople-like locations around the world, for example:-

  1. Poples Way, Sherborne Saint John
  2. Poppell, Ravels, Belgium
  3. De Poppe, De Lutte, Netherlands
  4. Populo, Portugual
  5. Poplens Kvarter, 4330, Lejre, Denmark
  6. Popple Depot, NB, Canada
  7. Poppelweg, 78224, Singen (Hohentwiel), Konstanz, Germany
  8. Popleraweg, 1735, Giffers, Switzerland

“We are more in-clined to connect Piple with Pople, as in Poble-lowe, Pub-low. (or Pople-haugh)" / "Chapter XXI: Poble (Pople?) is probably a form of the Celtic name St Peblig”-- Full text of “The place-names of Somerset”: https://readtiger.com/https/archive.org/stream/cu31924028058208/cu31924028058208_djvu.txt

“Statistics for : POPLE”: http://worldnames.publicprofiler.org/Default.aspx?country_code=GB

"Last name: Pople (Lepeuple)": http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Pople

“The History and Antiquities of the County of Somerset: Collected …, Volume 3
By John Collinson”: https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=jvE9AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA609&lpg=PA609&dq=Opopille&source=bl&ots=ZFeyJGAD_h&sig=6fhbpy6dEgU-1HXJR-X1He3567I&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi-h9eJ1ILZAhWrLMAKHdQPDI4Q6AEIQzAE#v=onepage&q=Opopille&f=false

“Opopille (North Somerset): Old French phonetic spelling for Uphill, Somerset”: http://opendomesday.org/place/ST3158/uphill/

“James S, Hill – Forgotten Books”: file:///C:/Users/Toshiba/Downloads/ThePlaceNamesofSomerset_10519911.pdf

Spain in the Seventeenth Century: There is a family lore amongst the Pople Parali family of Thessaloniki, Greece that we descend from a Spaniard who arrived in England approx. 1620. Perhaps the surname Pople is a form of the Spanish surname Poblete? (Poblette, Poblet, Poble, Poplete). Poblete is a municipality in Ciudad Real, Castile-La Mancha, Spain and is also used people’s surname in Spain, Philippines, and the like countries. Poblete Name Meaning. Spanish: habitational name from Poblete in the province of Ciudad Real.

“Thomas/Tho/Thomae Pople (b14/2/1674) marr. Edith Circa 1701 of High Ham. Thomas Pople 1673 – = Eddith ??? Siblings of Thomas: Alicia Pople, William Pople and John Pople. Children: Robert Pople (1702-1754) and James Pople (1705-1754).”:

James Pople (1818 – 1897): https://www.geni.com/people/James-Pople/6000000067132458821

Thomas Pople Born 30th August 1843 at Mark, Somerset - Died 1894 W-S-M, Somerset.

1917 Bristol Christening of K.A.S. Pople: Top left is Henry Pople with wife Bessie in front. Leaning on chair is Nell Pople, wife of Frank Pople (1883-1946) in unifrom. At right, Kenneths mother Ethel and father Arthur Pople.

Sydney Pople (1842 – 1924): https://www.geni.com/people/Sydney-Pople/6000000067132216917

Frank Ernest Pople (1878 – 1959) – bottom left (sitting) with squadron (RFC): https://www.geni.com/people/Frank-Pople/6000000067131646226

About Frank Ernest Pople
Name: Pvt. Frank Ernest Pople/Popple, Age: 23, Where Born: Lancs Liverpool, Administrative County: Lancashire, Civil Parish: Everton, Occupation: Joiner. His brother(s) Arthur is listed as a Building Surveyors Clerk, George an Assistant Schoolmaster and Sydney, a Woodworking Machinist Apprentice. His sister(s) Constance is shown to be a *** Pupil Teacher, Ellen an Assistant Schoolmistress, with Rose as a Schoolmistress. Residence: Apr 2 1911, 21. York Terrace, Liverpool, Lancashire, England.

Regiment 28 of the Royal Engineers (WWI). Name: Frank E Pople Regiment or Corps: Royal Flying Corps, Lincolnshire Regiment, Army Service Corps Regimental Number: 43384, 42267, M/410873

“Baptism: 9 Jun 1878 St Saviour, Everton, Lancs. Frank Ernest Pople – [Child] of Sydney Pople & Sarah Ann. Born: 8 Mar 1878. Abode: 24 Eastlake Street. Occupation: Book keeper. Baptised by: F. J. Wiseman. Register: Baptisms 1876 – 1884, Page 77, Entry 610. Source: LDS Film 2147928”: http://frontierinfo.com/LAN-OPC/Liverpool/Everton/saviour/baptisms_1876-1878.html

Frank Ernest POPLE was born 8th March 1878 in Liverpool, Lancashire.. He married Alice R. ‘Bell’ HUNTER 1911 in Prescot Registration District.. She was born Abt. 1880. Notes for Frank Ernest POPLE: Census 1881 at Everton, Lancashire. Frank, age 3 years, born Liverpool, Lancs, living with parents. Frank married 1911, Prescott Registration District. More About Frank Ernest POPLE: Census: 1881, Everton, Lancashire. Chidlren of Frank POPLE and Alice HUNTER are: i. George Ernest POPLE, b. October 1914, West Derby Registration District.; d. October 1988. ii. Sydney Arthur POPLE, b. 20 April 1922, West Derby Registration District..

9 Aug 1902 – Age 24: Coronation of Edward VII and Queen Alexandria – Frank E. Pople would have celebrated the coronation of King Edward VII at Westminster Abbey while living in the United Kingdom in 1902. Siblings: Rosa Emily Pople (1870-1949), Ellen Louisa Pople (1872-1949), Thomas Henry Pople (1876-1963), Martha Jane Pople (1879-1911), Sydney Herbert Pople (1883-1949), Arnold Percy Pople (1888-1975), George Edward Pople (1871-1960), Arthur William Pople (1874-1965), Constance May Pople (1881-?), Walter James Pople (1886-?) and Wilfred Eric Pople (1899-1996). Children: Sydney Arthur Pople (1922-2004) and George Ernest Pople (1914-1988).

1911 – Age 33: The National Insurance Act of 1911 – With the passage of the National Insurance Act in 1911, Frank E. Pople may have been among the first to contribute to the government-backed insurance system. Occupation: Joiner (Retired Bu Disablement) (1939 England and Wales Register).

Sgt. George Ernest Pople (1914 – 1988): https://www.geni.com/people/Sgt-George-E-Pople/6000000067131902894

About Sgt. George E. Pople
11. Sgt. George Ernest POPLE was born 12 October 1914 in West Derby Registration District., and died October 1988. He marries Elizabeth May BROWN 1940 in Liverpool N. Registration District.. She was born 20 January 1916, and died 28 February 2002. George and May were long term residents of Longridge.

George belonged to the Fellow Institute of Chartered Secretaries (FICS). Chidlren of George POPLE and Elizabeth BROWN are: 1. Muriel Irene POPLE, b. 1941, Liverpool N. Registration District.; m. Terrance VICKERS, 1963, Liverpool S. Registration District.; b. Abt. 1940. ii. Kenneth George POPLE, b. 12 August 1944, Liverpool N. Registration District.. iii. Geoffrey James POPLE, b. 1951, b. 1951, Liverpool S. Registration District..

“Kevin, I don’t think we’ll ever get to the bottom of where surname came from – I think you should decide which version you like best? However if you look at the history of England we’ve been invaded by so many European peoples. Probably the true Bristons headed west into Wales and England is left with a diverse population. I think we’ve been around for a long time in UK, but originally came with the norman or perhaps the Roman invaders or just perhaps migrated from Eastern Europe.

In England & Wales Deaths, GRO Indexes, 1969 – 2007:

Birth: October 12 1914. Death: October 1988, Preston/S R, England. Volume: 40. Page: 2118.

In England & Wales, Death Index, 1837-2005: Unmarked Grave, Ribble Valley, Lancashire, ENG

Death date: October 1988. Death place: Preston/s R, England. Birth date: October 12 1944. Volume: 40. Page: 2118.

I know we’ve been informed many times that the name Pople derived from the Poplar tree, but I don’t believe this, otherwise there would be 100's thousands of us in the UK, as the Poplar tree is so common – what do you think>?? Thanks, Geoff.”-- My Uncle Geoff, sent via e-mail Fri, 13 Dec 2002.

“He was a lovely man… a true 'Gentleman’Xx”-- Carol Taylor, 21 Dec 2017.

YFull id: YF09093 (Y-DNA: J-YP13*, J-BY40918) Western Fertile Crescent, (mtDNA: J1c1b2a) Middle East

“KEVIN POPLE’S RESULTS”: https://homedna.com/results/gps-shared-results/6b921080f182744824171e9b320d95bf

“KEVIN POPLE’S RESULTS”: https://homedna.com/results/gps-shared-results/6b921080f182744824171e9b320d95bf

“J-YP13 is a subgroup of J-M172 – Parent haplogroup: J-M172 Age: 25,000 – Region: Middle East, Mediterranean; spread with the Neolithic Farming Expansion.”-- FTDNA

“J2b>J2b1”: https://www.eupedia.com/forum/threads/34743-J2b1-M205-introduced-to-Eupedia/page2

“J2b1-M205 introduced to Eupedia”: https://www.eupedia.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-34743.html, “J2b1 السلالة @j2b_haplogroup”: https://twitter.com/j2b_haplogroup

“J2b*, J2b1, J2b2”: https://www.eupedia.com/forum/threads/34743-J2b1-M205-introduced-to-Eupedia/page3

“Haplogroup J-M172 is found at highest frequencies in the northern Middle East, west of the Zagros Mountains in Iran, to the Mediterranean Sea. It later spread throughout central Asia and south into India. J-M172 is tightly associated with the expansion of agriculture, which began about 10,000 years ago. As with other populations with Mediterranean ancestry, this lineage is found at substantial frequencies within Jewish populations.”- FTDNA

“HAPLOGRUPA J2b1-M205”: http://www.poreklo.rs/2017/10/15/krici-tragom-izgubljenog-plemena-genetika/

“J2b1: West Asian Copper & Bronze Age
Today J2b1 is most common in the western Balkans (Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia) and Cyprus. It is also found in above 1% of the population in parts of southern Italy (Calabria, Apulia), the Peloponnese in Greece, Lebanon, Jordan, eastern Turkey, Armenia and Iran. The oldest samples recovered so far were from Early Bronze Age Jordan (c. 2400 BCE, Lazaridis et al. (2016)) and Late Bronze Age Lebanon (Canaanite burial from Sidon, Haber et al. (2017)). It was also found in an Egyptian mummy (c. 660 BCE, Schuenemann et al. (2017)).

J2b1's origins remain unclear, but it probably originated in the South Caucasus and/or Iran and might have spread to the Levant, Cyprus and Greece with the Kura-Araxes culture during the Bronze Age. The branch found in the western Balkans (Y22069) is distinct from the East Mediterranean and Caucasian branch. It seems to have formed 6,000 years ago, but its TMRCA is very young at 900 years before present, suggesting a medieval founder effect.” / “Sir John Anthony Pople (subclade J2b1a-YP13): was a theoretical chemist, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in the year 1998.”: https://www.eupedia.com/europe/Haplogroup_J2_Y-DNA.shtml

“Ancient DNA”: https://www.eupedia.com/forum/threads/34743-J2b1-M205-introduced-to-Eupedia

"New map of Y-haplogroup J2b1 (M205)": https://www.eupedia.com/forum/threads/32953-New-map-of-Y-haplogroup-J2b1-(M205)

“Map of Y-DNA Haplogroup J2”: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/36/Haplogroup_J2%28Y-DNA%29.png

“Ancestry DNA | Our Next-Generation Ethnicity Estimate | Ancestry” Update, Sept 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcrH0Jx4OVo

“MyHeritageDNA”: https://www.myheritage.com/dna/ethnicity/intro/DCP3GSBNETT5GU3371AK6TJH8CP3GU3M95M68IJLB5LNKJQED9N7KLQ49516UCQNB194OP2PA50M6E3285AL0MBP6LLMELJN89OLGJ8

Haplogroup J2 (Y-DNA): J2 Confirmed

Harry Pople (Gloucestershire Regiment as part of a detatchment to guard the Queen Mother, Queen Mary, who was evacuated to Badminton House near Bristol); would have belonged to Y-DNA Haplogroup J2b1a2a-YP13* (J-YP13*).

“Pople War Story:

Chris Pople of Bristol: "---" his father Ken Pople was in an artillery regiment in 1940/41 which had returned without its equipment from Dunkirk and was staioned at Ellesmere in Shropshire. The German aircraft used the bih lake or mere there to orient themselves for Liverpool and night after night he could hear the bombers drone overhead without being able to do anything about them. The mere was too big to camoflage with netting (there was none anyway) and attempts were made on some nights to float sawdust and brushwood on it, but it always drifted away to one end.

Chris’s father was sent some nights to the city to help in the clearance, but he was relieved that on the nights he was on duty there were no air-raids.

Ken Pople’s cousin Harry Pople at the time was with the Gloucestershire Regiment as part of a detachment to guard the Queen Mother, Queen Mary, who was evacuated to Badminton House near Bristol. One night he received the dreafdul news that his home in Bristol had received a direct hit and his wodowed mother and younger brother were dead. His sister Elsie survived by being in a metal cage shelter under the dining-room table. He was given compassionate leave to cope with the tragedy and was later posted to India.

He doesn’t have any Pople stories that go back beyond about 1900, when Chris’s father’s father Arthur Joseph Pople (who died in 1929 when his father was eleven, so he doesn’t have many stories about him either) was a young lad waiting for an apprenticeship as a cabinet maker. He got a temporary job at a grocer’s shop in Weston-super-Mare and in those days before pre-packed foods had to parcel up the sugar, flour, butter etc. He learned to fold flat sheets of paper into a bag so that not a spot of sugar or flour escaped, and in later life it became one of his party tricks. He also had to wrap packets of butter for display, cheap packs for the impoverished customers, medium ones for the average customers and very expensive ones for the wealthy.
They all came fom the same tub! During the Great War he helped build aircraft in Bristol – wood and canvas then – and later built a splendind model of a Bristol Fighter which was unfortunately destroyed in the Second World War Blitz. He had plans to build new houses in Bristol after the Great War but became ill with TB.”

Image: https://yooniqimages.com/images/detail/102199788/Creative/royal-spectators-at-badminton-queen-elizabeth-ii-and-the-queen-mother-sit-on-the-ground-to-watch-the-horse-trials-on-the-duke-of-beauforts-estate-at-badminton-house-in-1958





Edward William Pople, Emigrant from Bristol, England to Australia in 1857 – Official Gov’t Undertaker, Sydney – And His Macabre Sideshow; belonged to Y-DNA Haplogroup J2b1a2a-YP13* (J-YP13*).: https://www.ancestry.com/boards/surnames.pople/3/mb.ashx

Haplogroup J2 (Y-DNA):

Sir John Anthony Pople (subclade J2b1): was theoretical chemist, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in the year 1998.

In 1998, Y chromosome of the chemist Sir John Anthony Pople, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry is a haplogroup J2b1 (J-M205) (Note 1).




31 October 1925 — 15 March 2004



Spain in the Seventeenth Century: There is a family lore amongst the Pople Parali family of Thessaloniki, Greece that we descend from a Spaniard who arrived in England approx. 1620. Perhaps the surname Pople is a form of the Spanish surname Poblete? (Poblette, Poblet, Poble, Poplete). Poblete is a municipality in Ciudad Real, Castile-La Mancha, Spain and is also used people’s surname in Spain, Philippines, and the like countries. Poblete Name Meaning. Spanish: habitational name from Poblete in the province of Ciudad Real. Image: http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/Documents/defeat_of_the_armada.htm