Appell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Appell is derived from the Middle English "appel," meaning "apple." The name may have been originally borne by a grower or seller of apples, or by someone living near an apple tree. Alternatively, the name may have been first bestowed as a nickname on someone with bright red cheeks.

Early Origins of the Appell family

The surname Appell was first found in various counties and shires during the reign of King Edward III, between 1327 and 1377. The first known bearer of the name was Nicholas Appelman, who was listed in the Close Rolls (1204-1227)

Early History of the Appell family

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Appell Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Apple, Appel, Appleman, Appelman and others.

Early Notables of the Appell family (pre 1700)

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United States Appell migration to the United States +

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Appell or a variant listed above:

Appell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Arien Appell, who arrived in New York state in 1664
  • Arien Appell, who landed in New York in 1664 [1]
Appell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christian Appell, who landed in New York, NY in 1782 [1]
  • Henri Appell, who arrived in Charles Town S.C. in 1782

Contemporary Notables of the name Appell (post 1700) +

  • David Appell (1922-2014), American musician, musical arranger and record producer


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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