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Where did the Dutch Oppelt family come from? What is the Dutch Oppelt family crest and coat of arms? When did the Oppelt family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Oppelt family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Appledorn, vane Appeldorn, Apeldorn, van Apeldorn, Apeldorne, van Apeldorne, van Apeldoorn, Apeldoorn, van Apeldoorne, Apeldoorne, Apelthorn, van Apelthorn, Apeltorn, van Apeltorn, van Appeltorn, Appeltorn, van Appelthorn, van Apeltern and many more.

First found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in Gelderland, (Guelders) an ancient province surrounding the town of Gelder. To the south of Friesland this province was originally in two parts north and south of the Rhine. In addition, the province is sub-divided into four towns, or quarters, Nijmegan, Arnhem, Zutphen and Roermond, each having unique rights and customs. Apeldoorn is a city of note. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oppelt research. Another 271 words(19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Oppelt History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Oppelt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Oppelt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Gottfried Sebastian Oppelt, who came to America in 1793

Oppelt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Benjamin Oppelt, who settled in North Carolina in 1829
  • Bartel Oppelt, who arrived in New York, NY in 1867
  • Adam Oppelt, who came to New York, NY in 1867
  • Martin Oppelt, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1877
  • Franz Oppelt, who came to New York, NY in 1883


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  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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  7. Tapper, Michael Ed. Immigrants to the Middle Colonies A Consolidation of Ship Passenger Lists and Associated Data from The New York Genealogical Biographical Record. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  9. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  10. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
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The Oppelt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Oppelt Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 23 September 2010 at 15:36.

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