there are a number of explanations as to the origin of the english surname caples. first of all it is local in orgin, being derived from the place where a man lived or where he once held land. in this case, caples is associated with a number of place names which are scattered throughout england. these are capel and capel le ferne in kent,capel st.andrew in suffolk,capel in surrey and king,s capel in hereford. therefore the surname caples initially described one who came from one or another of these places. the word "capel" itself means (chapel), so the second theory states that some people may have been givin this surname merely by virtue of the fact that they lived near a chapel. alternatively, the surnamecaples is palronumic in origin. being derived from the personal name of the father of the original bearer. in this case,the surname caples is derived from the welch personal name caple. thus the surname caples signifies "son of caple". the final "s" in the surname suggests it,s patronymic origin,however, the derivation of this welch personal name is unknown. references to the surname caples or to it,s variants include the early records of one jacob de cabel who appeared in the pine rolls for herefordshire in the year 1193. robert atte capele who is mentioned on the subsidy rolls for sussex in 1296. the prefixes "de and "atte mean ," of" and "at the" respectively and emphasize the local orgins of the surname. the caples family were ennobled and granted the coat-of arms. A CROSS MOLINR SABLE !