When Jacob Chapman was born about 1814, in Berlin, Hartford, Connecticut, United States, his father, Peleg Chapman, was 43 and his mother, Lucy Benjamin, was 44.
English: occupational name for a merchant or trader, Middle English chap(pe)man, chepman, Old English cēapmann, cēpemann, a compound of cēap ‘barter, bargain, price, property’ + mann ‘man’.
Jewish: adopted probably for a like-sounding or like-meaning name in some other European language; see for example Kaufman .
History: This name was brought independently to North America from England by numerous different bearers from the 17th century onward. John Chapmen (sic) was one of the free planters who assented to the ‘Fundamental Agreement’ of the New Haven Colony on June 4, 1639.
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