The origin of the Wappat family name can be traced to Ralph Wappat alias Johnson, born 1673 Winston, Durham. His father Ralph Johnson, born 1648, was from a wealthy family who owned at one stage lands at Whorlton Hall, School Aycliffe, Stubb House and Woodholme. We have the Johnson line back to Christopher Johnson, born 1510, a yeoman. To date there appear to be 70 Johnson's on the Johnson tree, yet their name died out with Elizabeth Johnson born 1713 in Whorlton. The Johnson line only remains through Ralph Wappat alias Johnson. There are 240 Wappat decendants from Ralph, many of whom are still in the North East, around Hebburn, Newcastle, Richmond, and Darlington. There are branches of the tree in New York State, Alaska, Canada and Mexico. Confusion still remains as to the origin of the name, and the connection with a separate family of Wappett's who appear to have originated from around Appleby and Kirkby Stephen in Westmorland, now Cumbria. I am collating and updating the research of Frank Wappat, who has been working on the tree for a number of years, and it is he who should be credited. If you are a relative, or have the name, please get in touch. We have much more information available, as well as the virtually complete tree.