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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.

Chapel Early Origins



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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Johannes del Chapell. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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Chapel Spelling Variations


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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.

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Chapel Early History


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Chapel Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chapel research. Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1374, 1569, 1579 and 1588 are included under the topic Early Chapel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chapel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Chapel Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Chapel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chapel In Ireland


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Chapel In Ireland



Some of the Chapel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



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 settled in New England in 1766

Chapel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Chapel settled in San Francisco in 1850
  • Henry Chapel, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870

Chapel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Chapel, aged 26, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Standard"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Chapel (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Chapel (post 1700)



  • Comstock Chapel, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Waterford, 1820-21
  • Charles W. Chapel, American politician, Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention, 1850; Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Chippewa District, 1855-56
  • 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
  • Caleb M. Chapel, American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Jackson County 3rd District, 1853-54
  • Stephen W Chapel, American economist, Operations Research Analyst, Office of Asst. Secretary of Defense, The Pentagon, Washington, DC
  • 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

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Citations


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Citations



  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)

Other References

  1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  6. 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.
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
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The Chapel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chapel 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.

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