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The distinguished surname Apel 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.

Apel Early Origins



The surname Apel 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)

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Apel Spelling Variations


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Apel Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Apple, Appel, Appleman, Appelman and others.

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Apel Early History


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Apel Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Apel research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Apel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Apel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Apel Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Apel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Apel or a variant listed above:

Apel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Apalonia Apel settled in Philadelphia in 1732
  • Apalonia Apel, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1732
  • Jonas Apel, who landed in America in 1771
  • Mrs. Jonas Apel, who arrived in America in 1771

Apel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Konrad Apel, who landed in America in 1832
  • Gustav Apel, who landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Gustav Apel arrived in New York City in 1850
  • Auguste Apel settled in America in 1854
  • Auguste Apel, who landed in America in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Apel (post 1700)


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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
  • Dr. Hans Eberhard Apel (b. 1932), German Federal Minister of Finance of former West Germany
  • Hans Apel, finance minister and later defense minister in the cabinet of Helmut Schmidt
  • Johann August Apel (1771-1816), German writer and jurist
  • Karl-Otto Apel (b. 1922), German philosopher
  • Katrin Apel (b. 1973), German Olympic biathlete

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Apel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Apel Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 14 February 2015 at 12:22.

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