Chaplin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Chaplin dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family who worked as a chaplain, the minister of a sanctuary or church. The name is derived from the Latin word capellanus [1]

Early Origins of the Chaplin family

The surname Chaplin 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. [1]

Early History of the Chaplin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chaplin 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 Chaplin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chaplin Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Chaplin has undergone many spelling variations, including Chaplin, Chaplins, Chapline, Chaplyn, Cheplain, Chaplain, Chaiplin, Caplin, Caplines, Keplaine and many more.

Early Notables of the Chaplin 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...
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Chaplin Ranking

In the United States, the name Chaplin is the 5,009th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [2]


United States Chaplin migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Chaplin were among those contributors:

Chaplin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Clement Chaplin, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635
  • Edward Chaplin, who settled in Bermuda in 1635
  • Edward Chaplin, who settled in Somers Island in 1635
  • William Chaplin, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Clement Chaplin, aged 48, who arrived in America in 1635 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Chaplin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Chaplin, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1728 [3]
Chaplin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph H Chaplin, aged 19, who landed in Georgia in 1812 [3]
  • Richard Chaplin, aged 30, who landed in New York in 1849 [3]
  • Emamuel Chaplin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1858 [3]

Canada Chaplin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Chaplin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Chaplin, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862
  • Mark Chaplin was a tailor of St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1894 [4]

Australia Chaplin migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Chaplin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Chaplin, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 18th June 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • John Chaplin, English convict from Berkshire, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • Mr. James Chaplin who was convicted in Chelmsford, Essex, England for 15 years, transported aboard the "David Malcolm" on 13th May 1845, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) and Norfolk Island [7]
  • Mary Ann Chaplin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1849 [8]
  • Newton Chaplin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Stebonheath" in 1849 [9]
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New Zealand Chaplin migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Chaplin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Francis Chaplin, (b. 1843), aged 21, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Ivanhoe" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th June 1864 [10]
  • Mr. David Chaplin, (b. 1851), aged 31, Scottish settler travelling from Scotland (possible Greenock) aboard the ship "Wellington" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 8th March 1883, heading for Invercargill [11]
  • Mrs. Mary Chaplin, (b. 1856), aged 26, Scottish settler travelling from Scotland (possible Greenock) aboard the ship "Wellington" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 8th March 1883, heading for Invercargill [11]
  • Mr. James Chaplin, (b. 1878), aged 4, Scottish settler travelling from Scotland (possible Greenock) aboard the ship "Wellington" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 8th March 1883, heading for Invercargill [11]
  • Miss Margaret Chaplin, (b. 1880), aged 2, Scottish settler travelling from Scotland (possible Greenock) aboard the ship "Wellington" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 8th March 1883, heading for Invercargill [11]
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West Indies Chaplin migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [12]
Chaplin Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Edward Chaplin, aged 20, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [3]
  • Mr. Edward Chaplin, (b. 1615), aged 20, British settler travelling aboard the ship "The Dorset" arriving in Barbados in September 1635 [13]

Contemporary Notables of the name Chaplin (post 1700) +

  • Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin Jr (1889-1977), English comedy actor and silent film star, known for his screen persona as "the Tramp"; his film career spanned more than 75 years, awarded an Honorary Academy Award in 1972, perhaps best known for his films The Gold Rush, City Lights, Modern Times, and The Great Dictator
  • Josephine Hannah Chaplin (b. 1949), American actress, daughter of Charlie Chaplin
  • Geraldine Leigh Chaplin (b. 1944), American-born, actress of English, French, and Spanish language films, fourth child of Charlie Chaplin
  • Charles Spencer Chaplin III (1925-1968), American actor, son of Charlie Chaplin
  • Saul Chaplin (1912-1997), American producer, composer and musical director
  • William E. Chaplin, American Republican politician, Secretary of State of Wyoming, 1919-23 [14]
  • Thomas K. Chaplin, American politician, Mayor of Westover, West Virginia, 1979-83 [14]
  • D. Eugene Chaplin, American Republican politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives from Cumberland County, 1919-20 [14]
  • Carroll Sherman Chaplin (b. 1882), American Republican politician, Mayor of Portland, Maine, 1922-23 [14]
  • Sybil Judith Chaplin OBE (1939-1993), English politician
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Albert E Chaplin (b. 1923), English Boy 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Shoreditch, London, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [15]


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 21st June 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/david-malcolm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Navarino.htm
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STEBONHEATH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Stebonheath.htm
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  13. ^ Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 29th September 2021. (Retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  14. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  15. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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