Chaplin Family History

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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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Chaplin Family Origin

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Chaplin Family Occupations

What did your Chaplin ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Chaplin. The most common Chaplin occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 7% of Chaplin's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Chaplin family was Carpenter.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Carpenter


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Chaplin Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 119,000 census records available for the last name Chaplin. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Chaplin census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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 UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Chaplin Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Chaplin

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Chaplin ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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