The name Choppen is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Choppen was a name used for a person noted for enjoying strong drink. The surname Choppen 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 Choppen may also be a patronymic
name derived from the personal name Chopin.
Early Origins of the Choppen family
The surname Choppen was first found in Devon
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Choppen family
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Choppen Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Choppen include Chopping, Choppin, Chopyn, Chopin, Choppen and others.
Early Notables of the Choppen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Choppen family to Ireland
Some of the Choppen 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 Choppen family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Choppen were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: William Choppin who arrived in New York City in 1830.