Chaplin

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. English and French: occupational name for a clergyman, or perhaps for the servant of one, from Middle English, Old French chapelain ‘chantry priest’, a priest endowed to sing mass daily on behalf of the souls of the dead (Late Latin capellanus).
  2. Ukrainian and Belorussian: patronymic from the nickname Chaplya, from the dialect word chaplya ‘heron’, ‘stork’ (Russian tsaplya), referring to a man with long, thin legs or perhaps one who was shy and easily frightened.
  3. Clement Chaplin was one of the founders of Hartford, CT, (coming from Cambridge, MA, with Thomas Hooker) in 1635.
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