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The ancestry of the name Chapman can be traced back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a name for a merchant. Chapman is an occupational surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Occupational 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 Chapman is derived from the Old English word ceapman, which means merchant. 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 Chapman in England was in Cambridgeshire, prior to the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Chapman Early Origins



The surname Chapman was first found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Chapman Spelling Variations


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Chapman Spelling Variations



Chapman has been spelled many different ways, including 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. Chapman, Chappman, Chepman, Cheppman and others.

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Chapman Early History


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Chapman Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chapman research. Another 285 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1559, 1616, 1634, 1780, and 1853 are included under the topic Early Chapman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chapman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Chapman Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chapman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chapman In Ireland


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Chapman In Ireland



Some of the Chapman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 205 words (15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Chapmans to arrive on North American shores:

Chapman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Francis Chapman, who arrived in Virginia in 1608
  • Ann Chapman, who landed in Virginia in 1619
  • Nicholas Chapman, who arrived in Virginia in 1619
  • Phillip Chapman, who landed in Virginia in 1621
  • Francis Chapman, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Chapman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Chapman, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Anne Chapman, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Charles, Chapman Jr., who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Benja Chapman, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Thomas Chapman, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Chapman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William T Chapman, aged 24, landed in Connecticut in 1812
  • Jonathan Chapman, aged 23, landed in Maryland in 1813
  • Philip Chapman, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • Joseph Chapman, who arrived in America in 1823
  • Geo Chapman, aged 7, arrived in America in 1829
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Chapman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Jason Chapman, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Gideon Chapman, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Win Chapman, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Stephen Chapman, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1761
  • William Chapman, aged 44, landed in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1774
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Chapman Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas C Chapman, who landed in Canada in 1831

Chapman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Chapman, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Chapman, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Mustell Chapman, English convict from Cambridge, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Charles Chapman, a cooper, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Stephen Chapman, a mason, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Chapman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Chapman landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • R Chapman landed in Hokianga, New Zealand in 1838
  • J, Chapman landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Chapman arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Whitby" in 1841
  • John Chapman, aged 23, a woollen draper, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Chapman (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Chapman (post 1700)



  • Major-General Elbridge Gerry Jr. Chapman (1895-1954), American Commandant of the Parachute School (1946)
  • Mark David Chapman (b. 1955), American convicted murderer of John Lennon
  • George Chapman (1559-1634), English dramatist
  • Christopher Chapman CM, RCA (1927-2015), Canadian writer, director, editor and cinematographer, creator of the multi-dynamic image technique, best known for his award-winning 1967 short film A Place to Stand
  • Ernest William Chapman OAM (1926-2013), Australian bronze medalist rower at the 1952 Summer Olympics
  • Major-General John Austin Chapman (1896-1963), Australian Quartermaster-General, Army Headquarters from 1951 to 1953
  • Brigadier Wilfrid Dinsey Chapman (1891-1955), Australian Chief Superintendent of Design, Army Headquarters from 1943 to 1945
  • Kyle Chapman (b. 1971), Former national director of the New Zealand National Front (NZNF)
  • Philip Kenyon Chapman (b. 1935), first Australian-born American astronaut
  • Chuck Chapman (1911-2002), Canadian basketball player and Olympian
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Chapman Historic Events


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Chapman Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Ms Johanna Chapman, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Harry  Chapman, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. William  Chapman (1898-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. William Roy Chapman (1920-1941), Australian Stoker from Willoughby, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Neville Owen Chapman (1922-1941), Australian Ordinary Seaman from Nedlands, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. James A Chapman (b. 1900), English Commissioned Gunner serving for the Royal Navy from Alverstoke, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Albert Leonard Chapman, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Charles Edwin Chapman, British Air Mechanician 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mrs. Ellen Elizabeth Chapman, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Joseph Charles Chapman, aged 32, English Boots from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 9
  • Mr. Charles Henry Chapman (d. 1912), aged 52, American Second Class passenger from Bronx, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
  • Mr. John Henry Chapman (d. 1912), aged 36, English Second Class passenger from Liskeard, Cornwall who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
  • Mrs. Sara Elizabeth Chapman (d. 1912), (née Lawry), aged 28, English Second Class passenger from Liskeard, Cornwall who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Chapman


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Suggested Readings for the name Chapman



  • Chapman and Allied Families by Lena E. Sweet.
  • Chapman and Pugh Family History and Allied Lines by Minnie May Pugh.

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    3. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. 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.
    6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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    The Chapman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chapman 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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