Appel Family History
Appel Name Meaning
German: from the personal name Appel a pet form of Apprecht (common especially in Thuringia and Franconia) itself a variant of Albrecht . German Dutch and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Low German Ap(p)el Middle Dutch appel or Yiddish epl ‘apple’ hence an occupational name for a grower or seller of the fruit. The economic importance in medieval northern Europe of apples as a fruit that could be grown in a cold climate and would keep throughout the winter is hard to appreciate in these days of rapid transportation and year-round availability of fruits of all kinds. As a Jewish name it is generally artificial. Compare Apfel Appell and Apple . Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Apel .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press