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Chaplin Name Meaning

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.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Caplin, Chapin, Chopin, Chaffin, Camplin, Chapman, Chauvin, Challis

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Where is the Chaplin family from?

You can see how Chaplin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Chaplin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Chaplin families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 20 Chaplin families living in Massachusetts. This was about 18% of all the recorded Chaplin's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Chaplin families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Chaplin surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Chaplin ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Chaplin. 18% of Chaplin men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Chaplin women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Chaplin were Clerk and Housework.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    18%
  • Farmer
    18%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Housework
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 24,000 immigration records available for the last name Chaplin. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Chaplin. For the veterans among your Chaplin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Chaplin lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Chaplin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Chaplin in 1948 was 40, and 75 in 2004.

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