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Where did the English Chappell family come from? What is the English Chappell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Chappell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Chappell family history?

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.


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 Huntingdon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chappell research. Another 284 words(20 lines of text) covering the year 1374 is included under the topic Early Chappell History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Chappell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Chappell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 112 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


  • Crystal Chappell (b. 1965), American soap opera star
  • Ernest Chappell (1903-1983), American broadcaster
  • Joe Chappell, American Flight Engineer for Air Force One from 1961 to 1980
  • Brigadier-General Julian Merritt Chappell (1909-1993), American Commander of the Air Reserve Records Center (1959-1961)
  • William Chappell (1809-1888), English antiquarian
  • Gregory Stephen Chappell (b. 1948), Australian cricket player
  • Ian Michael Chappell (b. 1943), Australian cricket player
  • Eric Chappell (b. 1933), British TV writer
  • Jan Chappell (b. 1949), British actress
  • Lisa Chappell (b. 1968), New Zealand actress and musician



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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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