Chapman (surname)


Chapman (surname)
Chapman
Family name
Meaning Business man or trader

Chapman is a surname and perhaps an occupational surname. There is not a single agreed origin of the surname Chapman. Theories include it being a name for a business man or trader which was called in Old High German either choufman or koufman, which became the Old English surname céapmann.[1] Other theories include a Saxon origin, as the Saxon words ceapan or cypan mean to buy or sell, however there is a similarity in this origin to the Old High German version, it once again would means a trader or business man.[2] In addition, during the Middle Ages Chapmen or a Chapman sold chapbooks which were pamphlets intended for a wide audience.[3]

The Oxford English Dictionary gives four meanings for Chapman. They are a man whose business was buying and selling; an itinerant dealer who travels otherwise known as a hawker or peddler; an agent in a commercial transaction, or a purchaser or customer.[4]

It is the cognate of Kaufmann, a common German surname.

People with the surname or nickname Chapman include:

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A

Austin Chapman, Australian Protectionist Party politician
Andy Chapman, indoor soccer player
Andy Chapman, indoor soccer player
  • Aaron Chapman, Canadian musician and writer
  • Abel Chapman (1851–1929), British born hunter-naturalist
  • Adam Chapman (born 1989), Northern Irish footballer
  • Alfred Chapman (1829–1915), American real estate attorney and investor, best known as one of the founders of Orange, California
  • Alger Chapman (1904–1983), American attorney, businessman and New York State official
  • Allan Chapman
  • Alvah Chapman, Jr. (1921*–2008), American newspaper publisher
  • Alvan Wentworth Chapman, American botanist
  • Amy Chapman (born 1987), Australian footballer
  • Andrew Grant Chapman (1839–1892), American politician
  • Andy Chapman (born 1959), British indoor soccer player
  • Anna Vasil’yevna Kushchyenko-Chapman (born 1982), Russian Entrepreneur, television host, and agent of the Russian Federation
  • Anne Chapman, Franco-American ethnologist
  • Annie Chapman (1841–1888), English victim of Jack the Ripper
  • Aroldis Chapman (born 1988), Cuban baseball player
  • Art Chapman
  • Arthur Chapman
    • Arthur Chapman (poet) (1873–1935), American poet and newspaper columnist
    • Arthur B. Chapman (1908–2004), British-American animal genetic researcher
  • Augustus Chapman
  • Austin Chapman (1864–1926), Australian Protectionist Party politician

B

  • Ben Chapman
  • Benjamin Chapman (1621–unknown), English soldier
  • Bert Chapman (born 1942), Australian footballer
  • Beth Chapman
  • Billy Chapman (1902–1967), English footballer
  • Bird Beers Chapman (1821–1871), American editor and Democratic Party politician
  • Bob Chapman (born 1946), English footballer, often known as 'Sammy'
  • Brenda Chapman, American animator and film director
  • Brian Chapman (born 1968), Canadian ice hockey player
  • Bruce Chapman (born 1934), American director and founder of the Discovery Institute, and Republican Party politician
  • Bryn Chapman, American beauty queen, and operatic soprano

C

Carrie Chapman Catt, woman's suffrage leader
Carrie Chapman Catt, woman's suffrage leader

D

Donovan Chapman, American country music artist
Donovan Chapman, American country music artist

E

Eddie Chapman, British spy and double agent, aka Agent Zigzag
Eddie Chapman, British spy and double agent, aka Agent Zigzag

F

Fredrik Henrik af Chapman, Swedish naval architect
Fredrik Henrik af Chapman, Swedish naval ship architect
  • Fern Schumer Chapman, American author
  • Frank Chapman
    • Frank Chapman (1864–1945), American ornithologist
    • Frank Chapman (baseball) (1861–1937), American baseball player who made his only major-league appearance on July 22, 1887, for the Philadelphia Athletics. For more than a century, he was misidentified as "Fred Chapman" (1872–1957) and thought to be the youngest player in American professional baseball history.
  • Fred Chapman
    • Fred Chapman (baseball) (1916–1997), American baseball player
  • Freddie Spencer Chapman (1907–1971), British Army officer and World War II veteran
  • Frederick Chapman
  • Fredrik Henrik af Chapman (1721–1808), Swedish naval ship architect

G

Grizz Chapman, television actor
Grizz Chapman, television actor
George Chapman, English dramatist, translator and poet
George Chapman, English dramatist, translator and poet
  • Gareth Chapman (born 1981), Welsh rugby union player
  • Gary Chapman
  • George Chapman
    • George Chapman (1559–1634), English dramatist, translator, and poet
    • George Chapman (murderer) (1865–1903), Polish serial killer, suspected by some as being Jack the Ripper. Born Seweryn Antonowicz Kłosowski
    • George Chapman (healer) (1921–2006), British trance healer and medium
    • George Henry Chapman (1832–1882), American Civil War General in the Union Army
    • George W. Chapman, American lawyer and Democratic Party politician
  • Georgina Chapman (born 1976), British fashion designer and actress
  • Gerald Chapman
  • Glenn Chapman (1906–1988), American baseball player
  • Graham Chapman (1941–1989), British comedian and writer, member of Monty Python
  • Grant Chapman (born 1949), Australian Liberal Party politician
  • Grizz Chapman, American television actor, notable appearances in 30 Rock
  • Guy Chapman (1889–1972), British author, historian and distinguished World War II soldier

H

Henry Chapman Mercer, American archeologist
  • Hank Chapman, American golden age comic book writer
  • Harold Chapman
    • Harold Chapman (born 1927), English photographer, especially noted for pictures taken at the Beat Hotel
    • Harold Chapman (footballer), New Zealand International footballer
  • Harry Chapman
    • Harry Chapman (footballer) (1879–1916), English footballer
    • Harry Chapman (news anchor), American television news anchor
    • Harry Ernest Chapman (1871–1944), British soldier and police officer
    • Harry Chapman Pincher (born 1914), Indian born British journalist and novelist
  • Hayley Chapman, Australian television presenter and producer
  • Henry Chapman
    • Henry Chapman (American politician) (1804–1891, American Democratic Party politician
    • Henry Samuel Chapman (1803–1881), British born Australian and New Zealand judge
    • Henry Chapman Mercer (1856–1930), American archeologist, artifact collector, tile maker and designer
  • Herbert Chapman (1878–1934), English football player and manager, notably of Huddersfield Town and Arsenal
  • Horace Chapman (1890–1941), South African cricketer

I

  • Ian Chapman (born 1970), English footballer
  • Isaac Chapman Bates (1779–1845), American politician
  • Ivan Chapman (1906–1976), English cricketer

J

Johnny Chapman, race car driver
John Wilbur Chapman, American Presbyterian evangelist
  • Jake Chapman (born 1966), English conceptual artist
  • James Chapman
  • Jan Chapman (born 1950), Australian film producer
  • Janice Chapman Australian-born British singer and voice coach
  • J.B. Chapman (1884–1947), American minister and president of Arkansas Holiness and Peniel Colleges
  • Jeff Chapman
    • Jeff Chapman (1973–2005); Canadian urban-explorer, fountineer, author and editor. Also known as Ninjalicious
    • Jeff Chapman (Georgia politician), American politician
  • Jenny Chapman (born 1973), British Labour politician
  • Jim Chapman
  • John Chapman
  • Johnny Chapman (born 1967), American race car driver in the NASCAR Nationwide series
  • Jonathan Chapman (1807–1848), American politician and mayor of Boston
  • Joseph Chapman
  • Judith Chapman (born 1945), American actress

K

L

Leonard F. Chapman, Jr, American Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps

M

Maria Weston Chapman, American abolitionist
Marshall Chapman, American country rock singer/songwriter

Matt Chapman Airshows, World renowned airshow pilot and Commercial Airline Captain

N

Nicki Chapman, British television presenter
Nicki Chapman, British television presenter

O

  • Orlow W. Chapman (1832–1890), American Solicitor General of the United States
  • Oscar L. Chapman (1896–1978), American Secretary of the Interior during the last three years of the Truman administration
  • Owl Chapman, Surfer

P

Phillip K. Chapman, Australian astronaut and scientist

Q

R

Roger Chapman, British rock singer

S

Steven Curtis Chapman, American Christian musician

T

Tracy Chapman, singer songwriter
Tracy Chapman, singer songwriter

U

V

Victor Chapman, French American wartime pilot
Victor Chapman, French American wartime pilot

W

William W. Chapman, American politician in Iowa and Oregon

X

Y

Z

References

  1. ^ Powell, Kimberly. "CHAPMAN - Name Meaning & Origin". About.com. http://genealogy.about.com/od/surname_meaning/p/chapman.htm. Retrieved 14 October 2009. 
  2. ^ Arthur, William. "Chapman Surname Origin". Searchforancesters.com. http://www.searchforancestors.com/surnames/origin/c/chapman.php. Retrieved 14 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Chapman - name meaning, origin". Thinkbabynames.com. http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/1/Chapman. Retrieved 14 October 2009. 
  4. ^ Baron, Mike. "The Meaning of the name CHAPMAN". http://www.familyforest.info/chapmanname.htm. Retrieved 14 October 2009. 

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