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About the study
'This interesting surname is a variant of Chappel, which is of early medieval English origin, and has two possible sources. The first source is from a topographical name for someone who lived close to a chapel, derived from the Middle English (1200-1500), Old French 'chapel(l)e', chapel, from the Latin 'capella', a hood, cloak, but later transferred to the sense of a chapel or sanctuary. The second source is from an occupational name for someone employed in a chapel, derived from the same elements as the first source. Topographical surnames were among the earliest created, since both natural and man-made features in the landscape provided easily recognisable distinguishing names. The modern surname can be found as Chappell, Chapell, Chapple, Capelle and Capewell.' (Copyright www.surnamedb.com).
The name is predominantly sourced in Devon and surrounding counties, and in London (probably from Devon migrants), and overseas migration to Australia, Canada and USA.