Chappell Family History

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Chappell Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived near a chapel, from Middle English chapel(l)e ‘chapel’, via Old French, from Late Latin capella, originally a diminutive of capa ‘hood’, ‘cloak’, but later transferred to the sense ‘chapel’, ‘sanctuary’, with reference to the shrine at Tours where the cloak of St. Martin was preserved as a relic. Americanized spelling of French Chappelle.

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

Similar surnames: Schappell, Chapel, Chappelle, Channell, Kappel, Chapelle, Capelle

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Chappell Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Chappell name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Chappell. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Norway


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Chappell Family Origin

Where is the Chappell family from?

Chappell Family Occupations

What did your Chappell ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Chappell. A less common occupation for the Chappell family was Farm Labourer. The most common Chappell occupation in the UK was Farmer. 4% of Chappell's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Farm Labourer


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Chappell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 198,000 census records available for the last name Chappell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Chappell 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 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Chappell. 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 29,000 military records available for the last name Chappell. For the veterans among your Chappell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Chappell Life Expectancy

What is the average Chappell lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Chappell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Chappell in 1942 was 42, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Chappell

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Chappell 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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