Kappel Family History
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Kappel Name Meaning
German and Dutch: topographic name for a person living near a chapel, from Middle High German kap(p)elle, kappel ‘chapel’. This is a loanword from Late Latin cap(p)ella, a diminutive of cappa ‘hooded cloak’, the first building to be so called having housed a cloak that reputedly belonged to St. Martin of Tours. German and Dutch: habitational name from a place named with this word, of which there are many examples in northwestern Germany. German (Käppel): diminutive of Kapp.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press