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Origin of the name? Query for B. Ring
Posted by: John Francis Caples Date: May 12, 1998 at 11:26:28
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I don't have much to contribute in the way of geneaology,
but am inquiring as to the origin & meaning of my surname. If
any one can help, I would be appreciated.
Possibly I am a distant relative of the Caples family of
Maryland as I noticed there was a John F., a son of a Robert
Francis Caples (?).
The only information I could contribute is that I am (as far
as I know), the third straight John Francis Caples (after my father
and his father; b.1931 and b.approx. 1900-1950s [with brothers
William and Philip (sp.?)], respectively).
There is a geneaolgy circulating in the family that was done
in Preland, I believe, which had the Caples family marrying into
the English family and which purported the origin of the family to
be descendants of Hugenots, which I highly question.
I know from my limited research that the name is said to be
of both English and Irish origin (a book on surnames of Ireland
listed Caples as the Cork variant of Caplis or Caplis, and an
Irish knicknack store had a computer which had crests which listed
the name as being English). Also, I have determined the name means
either "chapel", designating those who lived around or served
clergy (English), or "capel", German for nag.
Any help or insight is appreciated, and I would be glad to
help anyone if I can.


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