Meaning and name origin
Chaplin \ch(ap)-lin\ as a boy's name is of Middle English origin, and the meaning of Chaplin is "secretary". Occupational name. A chaplain was usually a minor ecclesiastical position, and has come to mean something like the spiritual guide of a secular organization, like a hospital chaplain. Actors Charlie Chaplin, Ben Chaplin.
Chaplin is not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#5009 out of 88799, Top 6%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Chaplin for boys. Chaplin has not been ranked in the Top 1000/100 so far. (2014 statistics).