Cape History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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.
Early Origins of the Cape family
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.
Early History of the Cape family
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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.
Early Notables of the Cape family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Cape is the 9,728th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
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
Cape Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Cape Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Cape Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century