Apel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The German surname Apel emerged in the lands that formed the modern state of Lower Saxony, which is presently bordered by the North Sea, the Hartz mountains and the Elbe and Ems rivers. German surnames developed at a time when Lower Saxony, and most of the German provinces, were states of the Holy Roman Empire. At first people used only a single name, but as the population grew and people began to travel, they began to find it necessary to take on an additional name to differentiate themselves. Fairly general principles guided the development of hereditary surnames in Lower Saxony. Two of the common types of family names found in the Prussia are patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The surname Apel derived from the German personal name Adalbert, which is itself is linked to the German name Adelad, which means noble and resolute.

Early Origins of the Apel family

The surname Apel was first found in East Friesland and the Lueneburg region, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. From early on, the family owned the estates Masendorf, Midelum, and Albrumswehe in East Friesland. There were three Abbots of this line, of the cloister Ebstorff, who lived between 1574 and 1703. Also, in 1554 Anton von Appel was an Abbot of the cloister St. Michaelis in Lueneburg.

Important Dates for the Apel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Apel research. Another 150 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1724, 1790, 1792, 1790, 1628 and 1686 are included under the topic Early Apel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Apel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Appell, Apel, Apell, Appel, Apele, Appelle, Appelman and many more.

Early Notables of the Apel family (pre 1700)

Notables of the time included Moritz Wilhelm von Appel, of the ancient East Friesland branch of the family, who was a Privy Councillor before becoming the President of...
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Apel migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Apel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Apalonia Apel, who settled in Philadelphia in 1732
  • Apalonia Apel, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1732
  • Jonas Apel, who landed in America in 1771 [1]
  • Mrs. Jonas Apel, who arrived in America in 1771 [1]
Apel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Konrad Apel, who landed in America in 1832 [1]
  • Gustav Apel, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • Gustav Apel, who arrived in New York City in 1850
  • Auguste Apel, who settled in America in 1854
  • Auguste Apel, who landed in America in 1854 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Apel migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Apel Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • August, Carl Christian, Franz, and J.C.F. Jutta Apel all of whom were recorded as having, who arrived in Quebec in 1850
  • Carl Christian Apel, who landed in Quebec in 1850
  • Franz Apel, who landed in Quebec in 1850
  • J C F Apel, who landed in Quebec in 1850
  • Julia Apel, who arrived in Quebec in 1850

Contemporary Notables of the name Apel (post 1700)

  • Willi Apel (1893-1988), American (German born) musicologist who specialized in medieval and Renaissance music and taught at Harvard, and the University of Indiana
  • Karl-Otto Apel (1922-2017), German philosopher and professor at the University of Frankfurt am Main
  • Dr. Hans Eberhard Apel (b. 1932), German Federal Minister of Finance of former West Germany
  • Johann August Apel (1771-1816), German writer and jurist
  • Katrin Apel (b. 1973), German Olympic biathlete
  • Hans Apel, finance minister and later defense minister in the cabinet of Helmut Schmidt

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Citations

  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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