The name Chopin comes from a name for a person noted for enjoying strong drink. The surname Chopin is derived from the Old French word chopine,
which was an old medieval measure of liquid; referred to as "the Parisien halfe pint", it was nearly as large as an English pint. In modern times, the Old French word chopiner
means to tipple.
The surname Chopin may also be a patronymic
name derived from the personal name Chopin.
Early Origins of the Chopin family
The surname Chopin was first found in Devon
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Chopin family
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Chopin Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Chopin include Chopping, Choppin, Chopyn, Chopin, Choppen and others.
Early Notables of the Chopin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chopin family to Ireland
Some of the Chopin family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 37 words (3 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 Chopin family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Chopin or a variant listed above:
Chopin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Louis Chopin, aged 46, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1872 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Chopin (post 1700)
- Katherine Chopin (1851-1904), American novelist