There are almost 250 kappen families in the southern state of Kerala, in India. There is something unique about this because "kappen" is not a typical family name in India. All these kappen families are Catholics too. I do not think it is a random occurrence because Christians are just 2% of the Indian population.
Since India is very ancient culture with family as the fundamental unit of the society, the surname which is usually the family name, is used only by the family members. A kappen family member just cannot take another family name for fun. This family has documented history dating back to around 200 years. I believe that this family has some connection to Dutch settlement and trade with Kerala in India.
Dutch was in Kerala much before British came to India. Is it not possible that some Dutch families may have settled in India to keep the trade and learn the language and kept their identity intact?
I am kappen from India and very interested to establish my ancestry. Any suggestions how to go about it? I believe it would be wonderful if we can trace its route and establish its connection all over the world.