Chapil History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestors of the Chapil surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived near the chapel, The surname Chapil 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 Chapil family were dwellers by the churchyard.   
Early Origins of the Chapil family
The surname Chapil 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.  Later 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.  The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Johannes del Chapell. 
Further to the north in Scotland, the name has the same origin, but early records there show the name as more of an occupational name from "the office of usher of the king's chapel, that is, Chancery, was hereditary in a family called from the office de Capella, and was attached to a third part of the lands of Craigmillar. In 1328 there is entry of wages of the boys of William de Capella. John de Capella possessed Craigmillar after the Craigmillars, and in 1374 the lands were purchased from them again by Sir Simon Preston. Little is known of this John de Capella. " 
Early History of the Chapil family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chapil 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 Chapil History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chapil Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Chapil include Chapel, Chappell, Chappel, Chappelle, Chapele, Chapell, Chapple and many more.
Early Notables of the Chapil 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. 
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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Migration of the Chapil family to Ireland
Some of the Chapil 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.
Migration of the Chapil family
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Jonathan Chaple who settled in Boston 1716; Robert Chapel settled in San Francisco in 1850; Alice settled in New England in 1766; Phyllis Chapple settled in Virginia in 1663.
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