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The many centuries old Dalriadan-Scottish name Capen comes from the son of the blond one, or son of Alpin.

Capen Early Origins



The surname Capen was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they were descended from King Kenneth MacAlpin who was murdered by the Picts near Dundee in the year 834. MacAlpin is generally considered to have been the first king to rule both Scots and Picts, and as such, was the first king of Scotland.

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Capen Spelling Variations


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Capen Spelling Variations



Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Capen has been spelled MacAlpine, MacAlpin, MacAilpein (Gaelic) and others.

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Capen Early History


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Capen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Capen research. Another 385 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1395, 1405, 1531, 1557, 1658, 1725 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Capen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Capen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Capen Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Sir John MacAlpin; John MacAlpine (Latin: Maccabeus) (died 1557), a Scottish Protestant theologian; and Joseph Capen (1658-1725), a Massachusetts clergyman who during...

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Capen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Capen In Ireland


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Capen In Ireland



Some of the Capen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Capen family emigrate to North America:

Capen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Capen, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1634
  • Bernard Capen, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1636
  • Barnard Capen, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1671
  • Samuel Capen, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1671

Capen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Capen, who landed in Virginia in 1700

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Contemporary Notables of the name Capen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Capen (post 1700)



  • Nathum Capen (1804-1886), American co-founder of Marsh, Capen & Lyon, perhaps best known for publishing the first edition of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" by Sarah Josepha Hale on May 24, 1830
  • Fannie Bishop Capen (b. 1852), American matron in an orphans home who married Revd Justus Henry Nelson in 1880 and joined him as a missionary in South America
  • Samuel P. Capen (1878-1956), American educational administrator, the first salaried, full-time chancellor at the University at Buffalo (1922-1950), co-founder of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, son of Elmer Hewitt Capen
  • Charles Laban Capen (1845-1927), American prominent Illinois lawyer, President of the Illinois State Bar Association (1903-1904)
  • Elmer Hewitt Capen (1838-1905), American academic, the 3rd President of Tufts College (now Tufts University) (1875-1905)
  • Stephen Harold Capen (1946-2005), American Radio announcer and disc jockey

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    4. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    6. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    7. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    8. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    9. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    11. ...

    The Capen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Capen 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 17 March 2016 at 13:06.

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