An English and Scottish surname, Applegate comes from the Norse term of ‘apladr-garor’ referring to the fruit groves or orchards. Variations in spelling for Applegate include Applegarth, Aplegarth and Aplegath. In northern England is where the Applegate name began, mostly in Yorkshire and Cumbria. In Scotland their mostly lived in Dumfriesshire county. Within the United States early Applegate families settled in Massachusetts, New York and Virginia. In later decades they spread to California, Alabama and Arkansas. Famous: Christina Applegate (film and television actress), K. A. Applegate (renown author), Fred Applegate (professional baseball player) and Jodi Applegate (a television news anchor).