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.
The earliest occurrence of the Chapman surname in our family history documents is from 1394, and we currently have 2,007,002 records where Chapman appears.
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Typical jobs for Chapmans
Hard-working people, the Chapmans. 2661 worked in domestic service, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Chapmans lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Chapman in London.
Chapmans’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Chapmans were angels, apparently. We found 2127 in criminal records.
Chapmans in World War I
According to the World War I records, 3709 Chapmans served in the First World War.