The founding heritage of the Chapen family is in the Anglo-Saxon
culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Chapen comes from when one of the family worked as a chaplain,
the minister of a sanctuary or church. The name is derived from the Latin word capellanus
Early Origins of the Chapen family
The surname Chapen was first found in Hampshire
where the oldest record of the name was Albert Chapelain, who was listed in the Domesday Book
of 1086 as a tenant
in chief and the king's chaplain. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Chapen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chapen research.Another 196 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1559, 1634, 1677, 1696, 1591, 1672, 1659, 1660, 1598 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Chapen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chapen Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Chapen has been spelled many different ways, including Chaplin, Chaplins, Chapline, Chaplyn, Cheplain, Chaplain, Chaiplin, Caplin, Caplines, Keplaine and many more.
Early Notables of the Chapen family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Francis Chaplin; Thomas Chaplin (1591-1672), an English draper and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1659 and 1660; and Samuel... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chapen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Chapen family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Chapens to arrive in North America: Hugh Chaplin from Bradford, Yorkshire
, who settled in Rowley, Maine in 1638. His son settled in Attelborough, Massachusetts. Clement Chaplin settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635.