English Surname:The Anglo Saxon name Chapin comes from when its first bearer worked as a Chaplain, the minister of a Sanctuary or Church. The name is derived from the Latin word Capellanus.
The French & Spanish name Chapin from a reduced form of French eschapin or Spanish chapín, a term for a light (woman's) shoe; perhaps a nickname for someone who habitually wore this type of footwear or possibly a metonymic occupational name for a shoemaker.
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