Show ContentsChopin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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, but we must look to Somerset to find the first recording of the family; for it is there that researchers found John Chopyn was listed 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [1]

The Curia Regis Rolls for Devon in 1219 included an entry for Walter Chopin and later the Assize Rolls for Somerset recorded Henry Choppin in 1280. [2]

Early History of the Chopin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chopin research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1219, 1280, 1327, 1377, 1781, 1789, 1606, 1596, 1597, 1685 and 1606 are included under the topic Early Chopin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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, Chappington and many more.

Early Notables of the Chopin family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include John Chappington or Chapington (d. 1606), English organ-builder, born at South Molton, Devonshire. "He seems to have built an organ for Westminster Abbey about 1596, when an entry in the churchwardens' accounts of St. Margaret's, Westminster, records that he was paid 13l. 13s. 4d. for the organs of the college...
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Chopin Ranking

In France, the name Chopin is the 833rd most popular surname with an estimated 6,146 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Chopin family to Ireland

Some of the Chopin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Chopin migration to the United States +

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 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Chopin (post 1700) +

  • Katherine Chopin (1851-1904), American novelist

  1. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. 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) on Facebook