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CHAPMAN Family History

This ancient, popular, and very important surname is of Olde English, German and Anglo-Saxon pre 5th century origins. Spelt in several ways including Chapman, Chipman, and Chipper (English), Kauf, Kaufman and Kaufler Austro-German), and Koopman (Danish), Coopman and de Copeman (Flemish), this is an occupational name for a merchant or trader. It believed that however spelt, the origination is from the Olde English "ceapmann", itself a compound consisting of the elements "ceap", meaning to barter or bargain and "mann", a person, or in this context, a travelling man. The surname development includes the following early examples taken from authentic charters of the period: Alice Chepman of Derbyshire in the year 1207, Berchtoldus Kofman of Weinzberg, Germany, in the year 1287, and Henry le Chupman of Hampshire in 1327...

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I am looking for information about a Chapman family from County Wicklow. William George Chapman b. abt. 1832 in Newtownmountkennedy , County Wicklow migrated to Victoria , Australia sometime between 1850 and 1855. He was a Saddler. William married in Melborne, Victoria in 1855 - to his first wife, Tamar Waldron. Tamar died in 1862. All but one of their children died in infancy. William remarried in 1863 (in Melbourne). His second wife was Jane Musson. Later, in about 1880,, William and his second wife, Jane and his 2 surviving sons (one from the first marriage and one from the second) moved to New Zealand (Christchurch). William has descendents in New Zealand. I am trying to figure out what William's ancestry is. William's Mot

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