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The Anglo-Saxon name Chappell comes from the family having resided near the chapel, The surname Chappell 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 Chappell family were dwellers by the churchyard.

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Chappell has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Chapel, Chappell, Chappel, Chappelle, Chapele, Chapell, Chapple and many more.

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]


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

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Some of the Chappell 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.

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Chappells to arrive on North American shores:

Chappell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • George Chappell, aged 20, landed in America in 1634
  • George Chappell settled in Boston in 1635
  • Joseph Chappell settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Thomas Chappell in Virginia in 1635
  • Jo Chappell, aged 38, landed in Virginia in 1635


Chappell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Francis Chappell, who landed in Virginia in 1716
  • Erhart Chappell, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765

Chappell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James Chappell, who landed in New York in 1851
  • Bennett Chappell, who landed in Virginia in 1884

Chappell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Nathanal Chappell U.E who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 402 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York

Chappell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Chappell, aged 27, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Burlington"

Chappell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James Chappell landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Henry Chappell, aged 40, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Mary Chappell, aged 34, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Elizabeth Chappell, aged 18, a domestic servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Louisa Chappell, aged 17, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856


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  • Katherine "Kate" Chappell (1985-2015), American film visual effects editor, known for her work on Divergent (2014), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011); she died after being attacked by a lioness in Johannesburg
  • Brigadier-General Julian Merritt Chappell (1909-1993), American Commander of the Air Reserve Records Center (1959-1961)
  • Joe Chappell, American Flight Engineer for Air Force One from 1961 to 1980
  • Charles C. Chappell, American Republican politician, Mayor of Middletown, New York, 1936-37
  • Charles A. Chappell, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Nebraska 1st District, 1944
  • Carol S. Chappell, American politician, Delegate to Connecticut convention to ratify 21st amendment at-large, 1933
  • Allen Alexander Chappell (b. 1889), American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives from Sumter County, 1933-34, 1937-40; Member of Georgia State Senate, 1935
  • Absalom Harris Chappell (1801-1878), American politician, Member of Georgia State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Georgia at-large, 1843-45
  • Mrs. A. G. Chappell, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1952
  • Ellwood Blake Chappell (b. 1889), American Republican politician, District Judge in Nebraska 3rd District, 1929-43; Justice of Nebraska State Supreme Court, 1943-

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  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)

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The Chappell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chappell 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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