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Where did the English Chapin family come from? What is the English Chapin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Chapin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Chapin family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Chapin comes from when its first bearer worked as a chaplain, the minister of a sanctuary or church. The name is derived from the Latin word capellanus

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Chapin include Chaplin, Chaplins, Chapline, Chaplyn, Cheplain, Chaplain, Chaiplin, Caplin, Caplines, Keplaine and many more.

First found in Hampshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chapin research. Another 219 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1559, 1634, 1677, 1696, 1591, 1672, 1659, 1660, 1598 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Chapin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 109 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chapin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Chapin or a variant listed above:

Chapin Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Samuel Chapin, who arrived in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1641
  • Josiah Chapin, who landed in Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1659
  • Henry Chapin, who landed in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1689

Chapin Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • J S Chapin, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • E N Chapin, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • J Chapin, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • J N Chapin, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Chapin, aged 56, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1892


Chapin Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Augusta Chapin, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Belle Chapin, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Annette M. Chapin, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Arthur Chapin, aged 37, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Arthur B. Chapin, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1909


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  • Brigadier-General Willis McDonald Chapin (1893-1960), American Senior Army Instructor, Officer Reserves, Maine (1946-1949)
  • Alaric B. Chapin (1848-1924), American soldier who received the Medal of Honor for gallantry in the American Civil War
  • Alfred Clark Chapin (1848-1936), American lawyer and politician
  • Andy Chapin (1951-1985), American keyboardist best known for his short stint with the Ricky Nelson Band (1985)
  • Arthur Chapin (1868-1943), American politician, Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts (1905 to 1909)
  • Billy Chapin (b. 1943), American child actor, active 1943 to 1959
  • Charles V. Chapin (1856-1941), American physician, Health Officer for Providence, Rhode Island (1884 to 1932)
  • Darrin Chapin (b. 1966), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Dwight Chapin (b. 1940), American politician, Deputy Assistant to the President Richard M. Nixon
  • Edwin Hubbell Chapin (1814-1880), American preacher and religious writer, editor of the Christian Leader

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  • A Genealogy of Henry Judson Chapin: His Ancestors, His Descendants by Gretchen E. Engel.
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  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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  10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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The Chapin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chapin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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