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The CAPEL surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 1,322 19048 0.000 5
United States (1880 census) 271 15424 0.001 5
Change since 1880 +1051 -3624 -0.001 0
Other Countries
Australia 143 10308 0.001 9
United Kingdom 1,011 5228 0.002 22
Top States for CAPEL by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
North Carolina 291 3704 0.004 36
Maryland 95 6595 0.002 18
New York 94 21397 0.000 5
California 92 26477 0.000 3
Florida 68 25414 0.000 4
Top States for CAPEL by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Delaware 30 4865 0.004 38
North Carolina 291 3704 0.004 36
Arkansas 51 5977 0.002 19
Maryland 95 6595 0.002 18
Utah 28 8218 0.001 13


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called CAPEL live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called CAPEL represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called CAPEL in North Carolina than any other state, but you are more likely to find a CAPEL by picking someone at random in Delaware than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of CAPEL

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the CAPEL surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the CAPEL surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of CAPEL in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 843 63.77
Black/African American 398 30.11
White (Hispanic) 40 3.03
Asian/Pacific 20 1.51
Mixed Race Less than 100 Insignificant
Native American/Alaskan Less than 100 Insignificant

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the CAPEL surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of CAPEL in historical publications

An old word signifying a strong horse. "And gave him caples to his carte." Chaucer. Capel, Danish, an oratory, a chapel.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

CAPEL. The Earl of Essex descends from a lord-mayor of London, 1503. The surname is proliably deri\'ed from one of the parishes so called in Surrey, Kent, and Suffolk. The Capels of Gloucestershire claim from How Capel, co. Hereford. In charters it is latinized De Capella.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to CAPEL

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as CAPEL.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for CAPEL

The following words are slight variants of CAPEL that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.