What Dennis Keplinger told you is very true. My research shows that the original German spelling was Koplinger with an umlaut (two dots) over the 'o', which was frequently written in English as 'oe' and eventually was changed for the original branch of the family in America (Colonial immigrants)to Keplinger.
I am sure that your "Caplener" started out as Keplinger. I know that our own branch seems to come from Wilson and Smith Counties, TN circa 1841 to Caplinger Mills, MO (I KNOW those are ours!). When I went to Lebannon, TN in Wilson County a few years ago and said I was a "Caplinger" (with a hard 'g', not a 'j' sound) they were all very excited and talked about how long the family had been there, and wished that a particular one had been in town to talk to me. Eventually, we realized that the remnants of the family there now spell it "Capleanor" or "Caplener" -- and that is what everyone THOUGHT I was saying.
Any of the variants that Dennis Keplinger mentioned could be a relative. I know that our own water bill once said "Coplinger" because the clerk misread my husband's handwriting. The worst mistake that I have found so far in our research -- the marriage certificate for my father-in-law's parents was filed in the L's because the clerk thought the groom's first name was Cap and last name was Linger. It was really Sylvester Caplinger, but everyone calls MY husband "Cap" so I know how that mistake happened, even though it was over 100 years ago!
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