Capel Family History

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Capel Name Meaning

French (Normandy and Picardy): from a dialect variant of Old French chape ‘hooded cloak’, ‘cape’, ‘hat’ (see Cape 2). probably a Castilianized form of Catalan Capell. Dutch: metonymic occupational name from Middle Dutch capeel ‘hood’, ‘headgear’. English: variant of Chappell ‘chapel’, from a Norman form with hard c-, applied as a topographic or occupational name, or as a habitational name for someone from any of several minor places named with this word, such as Capel in Surrey, Capel le Ferne in Kent, or Capel St. Andrew and Capel St. Mary in Suffolk.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Cape, Chapel, Capell, Camel, Hamel, Apel, Carel, Gabel, Havel, Cap

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Capel Family Origin

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Capel Family Occupations

What did your Capel ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Capel family was Annuitant. The most common Capel occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 7% of Capel's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Farm Labourer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Capel.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farm Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Annuitant


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Capel ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Capel Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 25,000 census records available for the last name Capel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Capel census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Capel. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Capel. For the veterans among your Capel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Capel Life Expectancy

What is the average Capel lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Capel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Capel in 1954 was 45, and 53 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Capel

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Capel ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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