Last name origins & meanings:
- 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).
- 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.
- Clement Chaplin was one of the founders of Hartford, CT, (coming
from Cambridge, MA, with Thomas Hooker) in 1635.
Comments for Chaplin