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Cape is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Cape family lived in London, settling there after the Norman Conquest of 1066 when they came from Capes, near Calvados, Normandy.

Cape Early Origins



The surname Cape was first found in London, England where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Cape Spelling Variations


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Cape Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Cape, Cap, Capes, Cappe, Capps, Caps and others.

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Cape Early History


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Cape Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cape research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 119 and 1199 are included under the topic Early Cape History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cape Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cape Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Cape Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Cape or a variant listed above:

Cape Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Cape settled in Virginia in 1638
  • Robert Cape, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • John Cape, who arrived in Maryland in 1680

Cape Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Nathaniel Cape, who landed in New England in 1757
  • John Cape settled in New England in 1767

Cape Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • F Cape, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • James Cape, aged 21, landed in New York in 1854
  • Elizabeth Cape, aged 21, landed in New York in 1854

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cape (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cape (post 1700)



  • Safford Cape (1906-1973), American conductor, composer and musicologist, best known for his works of medieval and Renaissance music
  • Randal "Joey" Cape (b. 1966), American singer, songwriter and producer
  • Jonathan Cape, British publisher founded in 1919 as Jonathan Page and Company

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Cape Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    11. ...

    The Cape Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cape 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.

    This page was last modified on 1 November 2015 at 10:46.

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