Duchapele History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The French region of Forez is where Duchapele was first used as a surname. Duchapele 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 Duchapele family

The surname Duchapele 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 Duchapele family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Duchapele research. Another 429 words (31 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 Duchapele History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Duchapele Spelling Variations

Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Duchapele, including Lachapelle, Lachapel, Lachapelles, Chapelle, Chapel, Chapelles, Chapels, Chepel, Chepelles and many more.

Early Notables of the Duchapele family (pre 1700)

Quelques membres notables appartenaient à cette famille. Parmi eux, on trouve Vincent La Chapelle (c. 1690-1745), a French master cook who is known to have worked for Phillip...
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Migration of the Duchapele family

In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Duchapele has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Duchapele 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.



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