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Origins of the Chapman surname

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What does the name Chapman mean?

The origin of the Chapman surname is English (spread widely throughout the country), dating back to at least the late 1200s and coming from the Old English 'ceapman' (merchant). Chapman is an occupational surname that relates to a merchant or buyer and seller of goods, given to those who performed that business, and their descendants.

Alternative variations of the name Chapman

Chapman, Chepman, Chipman, Chopman, Cheapman

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Where do most Chapmans live?

In 1921, most Chapmans lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Chapmans

How common is your surname?

66th most common surname in the UK

We have 442,000 records for the Chapman surname. The oldest one dates back to 1220.

Who were Chapmans most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Chapman first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Chapmans

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Chapmans in 1921


Domestic Servant




General Servant Domestic


Living On Own Means


Common Male occupations for Chapmans in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer




Farm Labourer




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