Capell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Capell is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Capell family lived in Herefordshire. The name refers to the family's former residence in La Chapelle, Normandy.

Early Origins of the Capell family

The surname Capell was first found in Herefordshire where another source claims that name was derived from "the ancestor of Lord Albemarle [who] was Arnord-Joost van Keppel, lord of Voerst, a descendant of one of the most ancient houses in Guerlderland, [Holland] who accompanied King WIlliam III to England in 1688, and was by him advanced to the title still enjoyed by the family. According to 'Folks of Shields,' the name is equivalent to De Capella." [1]

Early History of the Capell family

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Capell Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Capell has been recorded under many different variations, including Capel, Capell, Caple, Cappel, Keppel and others.

Early Notables of the Capell family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Capel (d. 1515), Sheriff of the City of London (1496), and Lord Mayor of London (1503), Member of Parliament for the City of London (1511-1515), his mansion stood on the current site of the London Stock Exchange, eponym of No. 3 Capel Court; Sir Henry Capell, of Rayne Hall, Essex; Louis Cappel (1585-1658), a French Protestant churchman and scholar; Richard Capel (1586-1656), an English nonconforming clergyman of Calvinist views, member of the Westminster Assembly, and for a period of his life...
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Ireland Migration of the Capell family to Ireland

Some of the Capell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Capell migration to the United States +

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Capells were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Capell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Capell, aged 25, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [2]
  • John Capell, who arrived in Virginia in 1656 [2]
  • William Capell, who arrived in Virginia in 1664 [2]
  • Peter Capell, who arrived in Maryland in 1677 [2]
  • Mary Capell, who arrived in Virginia in 1699 [2]
Capell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Charles Capell, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1773 [2]
Capell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Masin Capell, aged 26, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1829 [2]
  • Joe Capell, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1853 [2]
  • John Capell, aged 45, who immigrated to America, in 1894
  • Caterina Capell, aged 48, who landed in America, in 1897
Capell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Katherine Capell, aged 61, who landed in America from Sittingbourne, Kent, in 1904
  • Anna Capell, who settled in America, in 1904
  • May Capell, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States from Dover, England, in 1907
  • Olive Capell, aged 3, who landed in America from Dover, England, in 1907
  • Friedricke Capell, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States from Hamburg, Germany, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Capell (post 1700) +

  • Francis Alphonse Capell (1907-1980), American right wing, anti communist author, and essayist
  • Thomas Capell (b. 1776), English organist, Master of the Choristers of Chichester Cathedral (1732-1744), Organist of Chichester Cathedral (1744-1776)
  • Ernest James "Tubby" Capell (b. 1913), English amateur cyclist who in 1934 won the British Best All-Rounder competition
  • Edward Capell (1713-1781), English Shakespearian critic
  • Robert Edward de Vere Capell (1920-2005), 10th Earl of Essex, an English peer
  • Frederick Paul de Vere Capell (b. 1944), 11th Earl of Essex, an English peer
  • Richard Capell OBE, MM (1885-1954), British journalist who was music critic for the Daily Mail (1911-1933) and Daily Telegraph
  • Reginald George de Vere Capell (1906-1981), 9th Earl of Essex, a British Peer
  • Peter Capell (1912-1986), German actor
  • William Anne Holles Capell (1732-1799), 4th Earl of Essex, a British landowner and peer
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Capell Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fide et fortitudine
Motto Translation: By fidelity and fortitude.


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ 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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