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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • German : from the personal name Appel, a pet form of Apprecht (common especially in Thuringia and Franconia), itself a variant of Albrecht.
  • German, Dutch, and Jewish (Ashkenazic) : from Low German Ap(p)el, Middle Dutch appel, or Yiddish epl ‘apple’, hence an occupational name for a grower or seller of the fruit. As a Jewish ornamental name, it is generally ornamental rather than occupational.
  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : variant spelling of Apel.

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