Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.
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The Ape surname in historical dictionaries
Patronymica Britannica (1860)
APE. John le Ape. H.R. This " Jackanapes" appears to have been an inhabitant of the parish of St. Frideswide's, Oxford. Prof. Leo. thinks that the ape (simius)