Welcome on the KAPPERS
This is the homepage of the site with information
on the surname Kappers. As far as we know there are eight
different origins of the surname Kappers. Seven find their
origin in The Netherlands in Europe and one comes from Prussia
(today Poland or Germany). If your surname is Kappers or
if you have additional information, we would be pleased
to hear so from you by sending us an email.
René Kappers (1946) did an extended
research on the Kappers families that have their origins in Heurne,
near Aalten in the Netherlands. Most of the information on this
site is the result of his accurate investigations carried out
between 1970 and 1990. He published in 1990 the article Stamreeks
Lensink alias Kappers. Van de Gelderse Achterhoek naar Zuid-Holland
(in dutch) ....
In 2008 the first year of the Dutch project "Genetic
Genealogy" was completed. And with success, as was concluded.
With this success an innovative research method was added to the
genealogical research. It also became clear that this new method
was important for a genealogy 'Kappers'. Two hitherto separate
families 'Kappers' could with DNA research in 2008 finally be
united to one family, stemming from 'Great Kappers'. The descendants
of the 'Zeeland' Bernard Kappers were finally proven to be also
descendants of Hendrick Kappers alias Lensink.
Read the article (only in Dutch yet)
Kappers on the internet
Looking for Kappers on the internet you find
969,000 pages. Many of them are related to barbershops in the
Netherlands or in the dutch speaking part of Belgium (Vlaanderen).
A barber is called "kapper" and the plural hairdressers
is "kappers". But this meaning of the word kappers
has nothing to do with the origins of the Kappers surname. Other
pages with the word kappers tell about Kite Aerial Photographers
who call themselves KAPpers. We made a short overview of some
interesting facts on people with the Kappers surname found on
the internet ....
Origin of the Kappers surname
For all people descending from the Kappers families
of Aalten,the origin of their surname is probably the genitive
of the name Kap: the property Kappers got the name of Kap, its
For the other Kappers families we still do not
know the roots of their surname.
Other than the five family trees we publish on
this site, we suppose there are still other Kappers families:
Kappers from Borculo (NL), Cappers from Brabant (NL), Koop Kappers
(NL) and Kappers Ariens or Kappers Ariëns. In genealogical
researches and other publications available on internet one can
find several people with the surname Kappers born before 1900
that are not yet related to one of the family trees we published.
We listed them on a separate page ....
People with the surname Kappers live in many
countries of the world. First of all in The Netherlands, followed
by the United States of America, Indonesia, Canada and South Africa.
But they are also in Germany, Sweden, Italy, Spain and Australia.
Let us know if there are people named Kappers present in other
For reasons of privacy the links to pages with
information on people born after 1900 are interrupted. All information
on people born before the first of January 1900 are free accessible.
For access to the other pages you can send us a motivated request
Kappers from Aalten
On this site you find many information
on the families (genea-logies) (Great) Kappers and
Little Kappers (Klein Kappers) from the hamlet Heurne
municipality Aalten in the Dutch region Achterhoek, part
of Gelderland. (Great) Kappers and Little Kappers are two
genealogies that are related to each other (through the
wifes of the first Kappers who were sisters) and that both
come from the Kappers' land in Heurne where two farmsteads
were at the place of the current Kappers Road. The histories
of these two farmsteads are related with each other because
the land of Klein Kappers has been cultivated for
centuries by the farmers of Kappers. Great Kappers (as a
name) started to be used after the existence of Little Kappers
and has been used as such, but not frequently and not consequently.
In the historical sources one reads mostly about "Kappers"
and "Klein Kappers" (Little Kappers). On this
site we follow this use ....
(Great) Kappers from Aalten
The history of this Kappers family and its family
tree (geneagram) is quite completely represented on this
site. The main contribution comes from René Kappers, co-author
of this site, who is a descendant of this family. Other significant
contributions have been received from xxx Kappers (Indonesia)
and Kathryn Rauwerdink-Kappers (Wisconsin USA). Click on the pictures
for more info.
Little Kappers from Aalten
The history of the Klein Kappers family
starts at the Klein Kappers farm. This farm still exists in Aalten
(see the picture on top of this page). People in the region of
Aalten changed their surname when they moved to another farm.
So did Jan Kempink (1703-1781) who changed his name into Jan Kappers.
Bert Kappers, one of the co-authors of this site, is a descendent
of this family. Click on the pictures for
Kappers from Doesburg
In 1715 Gijsbert Kappers is born in Doesburg,
a small city along the river IJssel in the Netherlands. Also born
in Doesburg are Hendrikus Kappers (1760) and Willem Franciscus
Kappers (1825). No relation has been found between them yet. Click
on the pictures to know about them and their descendants.
Kappers from Harderwijk
In the eighteenth century the Kappers' surname
started in the little city of Harderwijk in the Netherlands with
Frerik Jan Kappers (born 1709), son of Jan Frederiks, born in
1680. We have set up a family tree (geneagram) with the help of
Fred Kappers and others. Click on the pictures for more info.
Kappers from Prussia
About 150 years ago people with the surname Kappers
emigrated from Prussia (today Poland or Germany) to Sheboygan
(Wisconsin, USA). With this surname we find them in the documents
of the census of 1860. Two possible origins of these Kappers have
been found: one in Poland, a Mennonite comunity in the village
of Matawi, and the other in Germany, a protestant comunity in
the city of Essen. More information about the sources of our information
and a start of a family tree can be found clicking on the pictures.
The Kappers road in Aalten
The picture on top of this page has been
taken at the Kappers road in Aalten (the Netherlands). It
shows the farmstead Little Kappers, origin of one
of the Kappers families. Also the other Kappers farmstead
(Great Kappers) was situated along the same road. In 1999
I made a picture of my self with my son and father in front
of the road sign ....
The Kappers road in Budel
In the south of the Netherlands is another Kappers
road in remembrance of Kees Kappers, member of the armed resistance
during the second world war and murdered by the german SS on September
5, 1944 ....
About the author
My full name is Lambertus Johan Albert Kappers
and I am born in 1956 in Sint Jacobi Parochie (the Netherlands)
and I live with my wife and children in Rome (Italy). I call myself
Bert Kappers (in Dutch) or Albert Kappers (in Italy). One of my
hobbies is web design. For more info you can visit my personal
home page ....
Please visit my guest book and write me your
suggestion, greeting or ap-preciation. Or just read the reactions
of other visitors of this site ....
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