The Chapmamn family name dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. The name comes from when an early member worked as a merchant. Chapmamn is an occupational
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
surnames were derived from the primary activity of the bearer. In the Middle Ages, people did not generally live off of the fruits of their labor in a particular job. Rather, they performed a specialized task, as well as farming, for subsistence. Other occupational names were derived from an object associated with a particular activity. The surname Chapmamn is derived from the Old English word ceapman,
which means merchant. CITATION[CLOSE]
Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
Therefore, this surname would have been taken by someone whose primary occupation
was that of a merchant. The earliest record of someone bearing the surname Chapmamn in England
was in Cambridgeshire
, prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Chapmamn family
The surname Chapmamn was first found in Cambridgeshire
, but early rolls proved the widespread use of the name, By example, the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 listed Thomas le Chapman in Leicestershire
and Grante le Chapman in Devon; the Yorkshire Poll Tax
Rolls of 1379 had entries for the surname and as a trade, Alicia Shepshank, chapman; Agnes Chapman; Magota de Brandon, chapman; and Henricus Schapman. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
"From Kent to the North Riding the descendants of the ancient travelling merchants, or "cheap - men" (Anglo - Saxon Ce'apman) occur in singularly constant numbers. Their preference for the coast counties would seem to show that their travels were sometimes on the seas; yet it would also appear that the attractions of the great metropolis brought them together in numbers in the south - eastern counties. Kent stands foremost as their present abode. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
To the north in Scotland, the earliest "ocurrence of the name seems to be in 1296 when a pardon was granted to a man for causing the death of Ralph Chepman in Dundee." CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3) A few years later, William Chapman was provost of Aberdeen in 1327 and is probably the Willelmus dictus Chapman who appears on an inquisition in the same town in 1333. Hugh called Chepman held a land in fee in the town of Roxburgh in 1338 and King David II granted a charter of the lands of Rotherstoun near Dee to Duncan Chapman. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the Chapmamn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chapmamn research.Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1359, 1367, 1359, 1387, 1396, 1507, 1559, 1634, 1780, 1853, 1559, 1634, 1616, 1621 and are included under the topic Early Chapmamn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chapmamn Spelling Variations
Chapmamn has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Chapmamn have been found, including Chapman, Chappman, Chepman, Cheppman and others.
Early Notables of the Chapmamn family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir John Chapman of Westhampnett, Sussex; George Chapman (c.
1559-1634), an English dramatist, translator, and poet; and Nathaniel Chapman (1780-1853), a well-known early American physician.
George Chapman (1559-1634)... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chapmamn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Chapmamn family to Ireland
Some of the Chapmamn family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 186 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Chapmamn family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Chapmamns to arrive on North American shores: Francis Chapman, who settled in Virginia in 1623; followed by Anne in 1623; Benjamin in 1674. George Chapman, who settled in Barbados in 1635; Henry Chapman, who settled in Jamaica in 1684.
The Chapmamn Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Crescit sub pondere virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue thrives under oppression.