The origins of the Chaplen surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name Chaplen began when someone in that 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 Chaplen family
The surname Chaplen 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 Chaplen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chaplen research.Another 391 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1559, 1634, 1677, 1696, 1591, 1672, 1659, 1660, 1598 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Chaplen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chaplen Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Chaplen has appeared include Chaplin, Chaplins, Chapline, Chaplyn, Cheplain, Chaplain, Chaiplin, Caplin, Caplines, Keplaine and many more.
Early Notables of the Chaplen 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 Chaplen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Chaplen family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Chaplen arrived in North America very early: 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.