Show ContentsCaplinger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Caplinger comes from Austria, and is of two possible origins. Firstly, the name is derived from the Austrian term "Chaepplingaern," meaning "people living next to a chapel." Alternatively, the name may be derived from the place name "Caplendorf," the name of an Austrian village. Either of these origins would indicate the place of residence of the original bearer.

Early Origins of the Caplinger family

The surname Caplinger was first found in Austria, where it first emerged in the early Middle Ages. The first known bearer of the name was one known as bi der Chappel ("near the chapel",) who lived in Regensburg in 1272. The young Caplinger family was instrumental during this early period, playing a major role in the development of medieval Austrian society.

Early History of the Caplinger family

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Caplinger Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kapplinger, Caplinger, Kaplinger, Kappel, Kappelmann, Kappler, Käppel and many more.

Early Notables of the Caplinger family (pre 1700)

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Caplinger Ranking

In the United States, the name Caplinger is the 10,651st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Caplinger migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Caplinger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Caplinger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1730 [2]
  • Leonard Caplinger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1730 [2]
  • Martin Caplinger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 [2]

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Donald William Caplinger, American Ship's Cook Third Class from Ohio, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [3]

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  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)
  3. Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook