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Capelle Name Meaning

French (Normandy and Picardy) and Dutch: variant spelling of Capel. Dutch and Belgian: occupational name for someone who worked in a chapel, from Middle Dutch kapel ‘chapel’, ‘church’. In some instances this may be a shortened form of van de Capelle, a topographic name for someone who lived by a chapel, or van Capelle, a habitational name for someone from any of various places named with this word, such as Kapelle-op-de-Bos or Sint-Ulriks-Kapelle, both in the Belgian province of Brabant.

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

Similar surnames: Capella, Capel, Capell, Chapelle, Cappella, Lavelle, Pelle, Chappelle

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Where is the Capelle family from?

You can see how Capelle families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Capelle family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Capelle families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 15 Capelle families living in Ontario. This was about 68% of all the recorded Capelle's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Capelle families in 1911.
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What did your Capelle ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Pailleur was the top reported job for people in the CA named Capelle. 50% of Capelle men worked as a Pailleur.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Pailleur
  • Tailleur
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Capelle. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Capelle census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Capelle. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

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

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What is the average Capelle lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Capelle life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1978, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Capelle in 1962 was 80, and 83 in 2004.

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