Kappler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Kappler comes from Austria, and is of two possible origins. Firstly, the name is derived from the Austrian term "Chaepplingaern," meaning "people living next to a chapel." Alternatively, the name may be derived from the place name "Caplendorf," the name of an Austrian village. Either of these origins would indicate the place of residence of the original bearer.

Early Origins of the Kappler family

The surname Kappler was first found in Austria, where it first emerged in the early Middle Ages. The first known bearer of the name was one known as bi der Chappel ("near the chapel",) who lived in Regensburg in 1272. The young Kappler family was instrumental during this early period, playing a major role in the development of medieval Austrian society.

Important Dates for the Kappler family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kappler research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1487, 1685, 1733, 1769, 1792, and 1871 are included under the topic Early Kappler History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kappler Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kappel, Kappelmann, Kappler, Käppel and many more.

Early Notables of the Kappler family (pre 1700)

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Kappler migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kappler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Martin Kappler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 [1]
  • Sebastian Kappler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
  • Andreas Kappler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751 [1]
Kappler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francis Kappler, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [1]
  • Michael Kappler, aged 23, who arrived in New York in 1854 [1]

Kappler migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kappler Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Andreas Kappler, aged 46, a pastor, who arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Victoria" [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kappler (post 1700)

  • Chris Kappler (b. 1967), American Olympic gold and silver medalist equestrian show jumper
  • Frederick Kappler Jr. (1866-1953), American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives, 1909-14, 1919-20, 1935-38, 1945-46 [3]
  • August Kappler (1815-1887), German researcher, naturalist and explorer
  • Darren Kappler (b. 1965), former professional Australian rules footballer
  • Bianca Kappler (b. 1977), German long jumper at the 2004 Olympic Games


  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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) VICTORIA 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Victoria.htm
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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