Chapot History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The proud Norman name of Chapot was developed in England soon after Norman Conquest of England in 1066. It was name for a person with a large head. The surname Chapot was originally derived from the Old French word cabot and was rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form Capoceus.

Early Origins of the Chapot family

The surname Chapot was first found in Jersey in the Channel Islands where "it is of frequent occurrence. It appears to be derived from the little fish known by us as the 'bullhead,' but on the shores of Normandy and the Channel Islands, where it abounds, as the chabot or cabot." [1] The same reference continues on: "Sebastian Cabot, the discoverer of Newfoundland (born at Bristol in 1477) is generally believed to be of Venetian extraction, but there is much reason to believe that his father was a native of Jersey." [1]

Another source sheds more light on his heritage: "He was the second son of John Cabot, a Venetian pilot, who afterwards settled in Bristol as a merchant, probably as early as 1472. A confusion between himself and his father on the part of many of his recent biographers has been the main cause of their perplexity. " [2]

Important Dates for the Chapot family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chapot research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1498, 1497, 1483 and 1557 are included under the topic Early Chapot History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chapot Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Chapot have been found, including Cabot, Cabott, Chabot and others.

Early Notables of the Chapot family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Chapot family

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. 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 Chapot were among those contributors: Sebastien Cabot who settled in Maine in 1498; Antoine Cabot arrived in Louisiana in 1756; Stephen Cabot arrived in Philadelphia in 1821.

Contemporary Notables of the name Chapot (post 1700)

  • Francis Davis "Frank" Chapot (1932-2016), American two-time silver medalist equestrian who competed at six Olympic Games from 1956 to 1976
  • Raymond P. Chapot, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1964 [3]

Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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