The name Keapple is Anglo-Saxon
in origin. It was a name given to a person who made or sold cudgels, which were short, stout sticks used as weapons. The surname Keapple was also applied as a nickname
to a person who was considered as stout and heavy.
Early Origins of the Keapple family
The surname Keapple was first found in Middlesex 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 Keapple family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keapple research.Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1510, 1683, 1649, 1654, 1632, 1710, 1792 and 1866 are included under the topic Early Keapple History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Keapple Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Keapple include Keeble, Keble, Kebbell, Kebell, Kebill, Kebyll, Kibbel, Kibble, Kibel, Keebler and many more.
Early Notables of the Keapple family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Henry Keble, at the time of King Henry VIII; Richard Keble (died 1683), an English lawyer and judge, Commissioner of the... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keapple Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Keapple family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Keapple were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Robert Kebell settled in Maryland in 1736; Jacob, John, and Mathias Kebel all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860; Richard Keeble settled in Virginia in 1739.