1) From Old French <i>naperon</i>, a diminutive of <i>nape</i> meaning table-cloth.

The initial ‘n’ was lost in ‘a napron’. It had a variety of spellings which may indicate how it was pronounced: 1556 one harden sheitt, one cou[er]let, one apperone, Beeston

1615 one grene apparone, iij patlets, Keighley

1638 fower aperance, one of fembel, three of harden, Thorpe Willoughby.

spellings aperance apparone apperone
dates 1556 1615 1638

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