Last name: Kaplan

This interesting surname with variant spellings Chaplain, Chapling, Caplen, Kaplin etc., is of French origin, found also in England, deriving from the old Norman French word "caplain" and old French and medieval English word "chapelain", meaning "charity priest", a priest who was endowed to sing mass daily on behalf of the souls of the dead. Hence the name is an occupational name for a clergyman or perhaps a servant of one. The name first appears in records in the early 13th Century (see below). Thomas le Chapelyn was mentioned in the Feet of Fines in 1241, while one Nicholas le Chapelain was listed in the Assize Rolls of Cambridgeshire in 1260. Isacke Chaplin one of the first settlers in the New World was granted 200 acres by patent, in the territory of Great Weyonoke Barbados in 1626. Jeremiah Chaplin booked a ticket aboard the "Joseph and Ann" for Carolina, the New World in January 1678. The most famous namebearer was Sir Charles Spenser Chaplin (Charlie Chaplin), (1889 - 1977), English comedian and film actor, renowned for his portrayed of a downtrodden little man with baggy trousers and cane. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Capelein, which was dated 1203, in the "Curia Rolls of Hampshire", during the reign of King John, known as "Lackland", 1199 - 1216. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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A. MacLeane
I'm here researching a friend's background. He is of Jewish descent. If anyone has more info on the name, please tell :)

Teresa Walter
I am looking for anyone related to Julius and Emma (Abramsky) Kaplan. I was told they had a bakery in Poland around the turn of the century and immigrated to the U.S. Some of their children's names were Phillip, Rose, Frannie, Elizabeth, and Marie all of whom have passed on.

David Kaplan
Another Kaplan of Jewish descent and can trace my name back to the 8th century so maybe those Europeans adopted my Family name in the 18th.

D Kaplan
Just because Kaplan is a common name between jews it doesn't mean its a Jewish surname. It is known that in the 18th century Jewish people took over many European surnames. Maybe, just maybe, Kaplan is one of those European surnames jewish people decided to adopt.

Also a Kaplan of Jewish descent, Lithuania and Hungary to be precise. What were these guys smoking?

Liza and Berkay are right. My family is of Polish and Ukranian descent and the Polish word for Chaplain is Kaplan. The name is for sure not of English or French descent. Berkay kaya <--- My mother is a Professor at a University and all of her Turkish friends call her tiger!

funy you should say that I was in Turkey and saw a truck with the name kaplan(my last name) I was amazed. I fgure my relatives cammmme from Turkey and ran to Russia before coming to America

Berkay kaya
liza is right .i live in Turkey and i know many people whose surname is kaplan.most of them are jewish origin. PS:kaplan means tiger in turkish.