An English occupational surname for a merchant.
Other Word Forms of Chapman
Origin of Chapman
From Old English cēapmann (“dealer”) (cognate with synonymous German Kaufmann, Middle Low German kopman, Swedish köpman), from cēap (“barter, business, dealing”) (whence also cheap) and mann (“man”).
Middle English from Old English cēapman cēap trade cheap man, mann man man
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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