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Where did the Irish Coppinger family come from? What is the Irish Coppinger family crest and coat of arms? When did the Coppinger family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Coppinger family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Coppinger, Coppenger, Copenger, Copinger, Coppynger, Copinsher, Coppinsher and many more.

First found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they are thought to have come originally from Denmark, perhaps as early as the 10th century.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coppinger research. Another 319 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1301, 1319, 1422, 1461, 1634, 1636, 1638, 1639, 1642, 1753, 1794, 1808, 1830, and 1893 are included under the topic Early Coppinger History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 107 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coppinger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Coppinger family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Coppinger Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Matthew Coppinger, who arrived in Barbados in 1675
  • John Coppinger who came to Barbados in 1680

Coppinger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Coppinger, aged 55, landed in New York in 1812
  • Joseph Coppinger, who arrived in Charles Town (Charleston), South Carolina in 1820
  • James E. Coppinger, who arrived in New York, NY in 1836
  • James Coppinger, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1844
  • Maggie Coppinger, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1892

Coppinger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • John Coppinger, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Mitchelstown, in 1900
  • Hanna Coppinger, aged 26, who settled in America from Kilworth, in 1904
  • Mary Coppinger, aged 60, who landed in America from Thurles, in 1904
  • William Coppinger, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • William Coppinger, aged 45, who landed in America from Liverpool, England, in 1906

Coppinger Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Coppinger, who died en route to Quebec in 1847
  • Charles Coppinger, who was on record in Ontario Canada, in 1861

Coppinger Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Coppinger, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Stamboul"


  • John Thomas "Rocky" Coppinger (b. 1974), American Major League Baseball player
  • Ruth Coppinger, Irish activist and politician, county councillor in Fingal County
  • Charles Coppinger (1851-1877), English cricketer
  • Harry Coppinger (b. 1888), Canadian physician and surgeon of Manitoba
  • James Coppinger (b. 1981), English footballer
  • Allan Coppinger, Instructor and Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of Manitoba
  • Raymond Coppinger, professor of biology at Hampshire College (1969-), expert in canine behavior


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtute non vi
Motto Translation: By virtue not by force.


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The Coppinger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Coppinger Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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