Chapel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Chapel is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Chapel family once lived near the chapel, The surname Chapel is a topographic surname, which is a type of surname that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. In this case the Chapel family were dwellers by the churchyard.

Early Origins of the Chapel family

The surname Chapel was first found in various counties and shires throughout Britain. The earliest record of the family appears to be John Chapel who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Norfolk in 1202. [1] The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Hugh de la Chapele in Nottinghamshire.

During the reign of Edward I., Thomas de la Chapele was listed in Northumberland and John atte Chapele was listed in Somerset. William a la Chapele was listed in the Feet of Fines Rolls about the same time. Richard de la Chapele was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296. [1] The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Johannes del Chapell. [2]

Early History of the Chapel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chapel research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1374, 1569, 1579, 1588, 1582, 1649, 1582, 1677, 1745, 1728, 1729, 1737 and 1746 are included under the topic Early Chapel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chapel Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Chapel family name include Chapel, Chappell, Chappel, Chappelle, Chapele, Chapell, Chapple and many more.

Early Notables of the Chapel family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include William Chappell (1582-1649), English divine, Bishop of Cork, the son of Robert Chappell, and born at Laxton, Nottinghamshire, on 10 Dec. 1582. [3] William Chapple (1677-1745), English judge, was one of the Chapples of Waybay House, Dorsetshire. "About 1728 he was appointed a judge on the North Wales circuit, and in 1729...
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Ireland Migration of the Chapel family to Ireland

Some of the Chapel 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 Chapel migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Chapel surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Chapel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Alice Chapel, who settled in New England in 1766
Chapel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Chapel, who settled in San Francisco in 1850
  • Henry Chapel, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870 [4]

Australia Chapel migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Chapel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Elizabeth Jane Chapel, (b. 1834), aged 15, Cornish housemaid travelling aboard the ship "8 General Palmer" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 10th April 1849 [5]
  • Mr. Jonathan Chapel, (b. 1821), aged 28, Cornish farm labourer from travelling aboard the ship "Sir George Seymour" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 14th May 1849 [5]
  • Mrs. Phillis Chapel, (b. 1822), aged 27, Cornish settler from travelling aboard the ship "Sir George Seymour" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 14th May 1849 [5]
  • Mr. Joseph Chapel, (b. 1845), aged 4, Cornish settler from travelling aboard the ship "Sir George Seymour" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 14th May 1849 [5]
  • Miss Elizabeth Chapel, (b. 1848), aged Infant, Cornish settler from travelling aboard the ship "Sir George Seymour" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 14th May 1849 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Chapel (post 1700) +

  • Stephen W Chapel, American economist, Operations Research Analyst, Office of Asst. Secretary of Defense, The Pentagon, Washington, DC
  • Comstock Chapel, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Waterford, 1820-21 [6]
  • Charles W. Chapel, American politician, Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention, 1850; Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Chippewa District, 1855-56 [6]
  • Charles Edward Chapel (1904-1967), American Republican politician, Member of California State Assembly, 1950-66; Presidential Elector for California, 1956; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1964 [6]
  • Caleb M. Chapel, American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Jackson County 3rd District, 1853-54 [6]
  • Charles Edward Chapel (1904-1967), English politician and technical writer, best known for his articles and books about firearms
  • Alain Chapel, French chef, Saint-André-de-Corcy
  • Paul Chapel, French professor and former deputy, Vannes
  • Tell-Aristide-Frédéric-Antoine Chapel (1849-1932), French general


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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