Kabel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Kabel came from Cabel, a given name of Germanic origin. The surname Cable denoted the son of Cabel.

Early Origins of the Kabel family

The surname Kabel was first found in Somerset 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.

Early History of the Kabel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kabel research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1273 and 1500 are included under the topic Early Kabel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kabel Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Kabel family name include Cable, Cabell, Cabel, Cabbell, Cabbel and others.

Early Notables of the Kabel family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Kabel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Kabel migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Kabel surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Kabel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Kabel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
  • Johan Michel Kabel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
  • Nickolaus Kabel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1767 [1]
Kabel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Kabel, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1832 [1]
  • Philip Kabel, who landed in Portland, Me in 1834 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kabel (post 1700) +

  • Todd K. Kabel (1965-2021), Canadian Thoroughbred horse racing jockey who had over 3,200 career wins


The Kabel Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Impavide
Motto Translation: Fearlessly.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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