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Posted: 10 Nov 2009 5:50PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: kappen
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.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Ian Butterworth 26 Jul 2000 1:36AM GMT 
peet kappen 8 Dec 2004 6:44PM GMT 
IanButterwort... 9 May 2009 6:12AM GMT 
ckappen163 11 Nov 2009 12:50AM GMT 
IanButterwort... 11 Nov 2009 3:27AM GMT 
minitheminx 9 Oct 2005 9:24PM GMT 
Tracy 11 Dec 2005 4:52AM GMT 
j52horn70 8 Jan 2010 8:54PM GMT 
IanButterwort... 26 Jan 2010 7:01AM GMT 
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