Origins Available: French
The French region of Forez
is where Chepel was first used as a surname. Chepel was a name for a person who lived near a chapel or church, deriving its origin from the Old French word "chapelle," which means "chapel."
Early Origins of the Chepel family
The surname Chepel was first found in Forez
, a former province of France, now part of the modern Loire, the Haute-Loire and Puy-de-Dôme départements, where this distinguished family has held a family seat
since ancient times.
Early History of the Chepel family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chepel research.Another 476 words (34 lines of text) covering the years 1280, 1308, 1317, 1321, 1390, 1487, 1560, 1589, 1631, 1639, 1683, 1684, 1703, 1740, 1764, 1780, 1789, 1800, 1817, 1820, and 1825 are included under the topic Early Chepel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chepel Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire
. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance
. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Chepel is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Lachapelle, Lachapel, Lachapelles, Chapelle, Chapel, Chapelles, Chapels, Chepel, Chepelles and many more.
Early Notables of the Chepel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chepel family to the New World and Oceana
Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Chepel were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Chepel were Honore LaChapelle, who arrived in Montreal in 1651; Marin LaChapelle, who settled in Montreal in 1653; Pierre and F. Haulin Lachapelle, who came to Montreal in 1658.