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The CHAPMAN surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 124,614 218 0.046 462
United States (1880 census) 34,408 149 0.069 688
Change since 1880 +90206 -69 -0.023 -226
Other Countries
Australia 11,961 85 0.073 732
United Kingdom 52,710 77 0.115 1,148
Top States for CHAPMAN by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 9,279 329 0.027 274
Texas 9,236 250 0.044 443
Florida 6,938 246 0.043 434
Ohio 6,223 162 0.055 548
Michigan 5,206 155 0.052 524
Top States for CHAPMAN by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
West Virginia 2,554 54 0.141 1,412
South Carolina 4,396 105 0.110 1,096
Maine 1,269 131 0.100 995
Alabama 3,319 181 0.075 746
Tennessee 3,888 202 0.068 683


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called CHAPMAN live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called CHAPMAN represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called CHAPMAN in California than any other state, but you are more likely to find a CHAPMAN by picking someone at random in West Virginia than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of CHAPMAN

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Occupational Name

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the CHAPMAN surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the CHAPMAN surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of CHAPMAN in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 984 0.79
Asian/Pacific 523 0.42
White (Caucasian) 101,648 81.57
Black/African American 17,583 14.11
Mixed Race 1,907 1.53
White (Hispanic) 1,969 1.58

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the CHAPMAN surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of CHAPMAN in historical publications

The same as Chipman, a trader, a shopman; from the Saxon ceapan or cypan, to buy or sell. Sax., ceap, a bargain, a price; one who cheapens, asks the price, buys.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

CHAPMAN. A-Sax. cedpman. Any one who traffics, buys, or sells. Richardson. In medieval deeds one and the same person is described as Chapman and Mercator. Le Chapman, H.R. About 150 traders in London very appropriately bear this name,

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to CHAPMAN

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as CHAPMAN.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for CHAPMAN

The following words are slight variants of CHAPMAN that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.