Kaplan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Kaplan family

The surname Kaplan was first found in Switzerland, where the family gained a significant reputation for its contributions to the emerging mediaeval society. The name became prominent as many branches of the family founded separate houses and acquired estates in various regions, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Early History of the Kaplan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kaplan research. Another 52 words (4 lines of text) covering the year 1902 is included under the topic Early Kaplan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kaplan Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kappelan, Cappelan, Kaplan, Kappeln, Cappeln, Kappelen, Kapellen and many more.

Early Notables of the Kaplan family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Kaplan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Kaplan migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kaplan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Friedman Kaplan, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1860
  • Andrew Kaplan, who arrived in Arkansas in 1882 [1]
  • Frank Kaplan, who landed in Arkansas in 1882 [1]
  • Sacharius Kaplan, who landed in Arkansas in 1886 [1]
  • Beer Kaplan, aged 7, who landed in America, in 1892
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Kaplan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Beimer Kaplan, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States, in 1900

Contemporary Notables of the name Kaplan (post 1700) +

  • Marvin Kaplan (1927-2016), American actor., known for his roles in It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Alice and The Great Race
  • Gilbert Edmund Kaplan (1941-2016), American businessman, journalist and conductor
  • David E. Kaplan, American theoretical particle physicist at the Johns Hopkins University
  • David B. Kaplan (b. 1958), American physicist and director of the Institute for Nuclear Theory at the University of Washington
  • David E. Kaplan (b. 1955), American investigative reporter and former director of the Center for Public Integrity's International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
  • David Kaplan (1947-1992), American television producer for ABC News killed on assignment while his team was covering the Yugoslav Wars, posthumously awarded the International Press Freedom Award
  • David Benjamin Kaplan (b. 1933), American philosopher and logician teaching at UCLA
  • Justin Kaplan (1925-2014), American writer and editor, awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography (1967)
  • Gabe Kaplan (b. 1945), American actor, writer and stand-up comedian, best known for playing the lead role on the TV series 'Welcome Back Kotter' (1975-1979)
  • Betsy Kaplan, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1972 [2]
  • ... (Another 39 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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