Capes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Capes arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Capes family lived in London, settling there after the Norman Conquest of 1066 when they came from Capes, near Calvados, Normandy.

Early Origins of the Capes family

The surname Capes 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 Capes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Capes research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 119 and 1199 are included under the topic Early Capes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Capes Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Cape, Cap, Capes, Cappe, Capps, Caps and others.

Early Notables of the Capes family (pre 1700)

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


United States Capes migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Capes or a variant listed above:

Capes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Capes, who landed in Maryland in 1676 [1]
Capes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Capes, who arrived in America in 1775 [1]
  • Richard Capes, who arrived in New York in 1797 [1]
Capes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Capes, who landed in America in 1872 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Capes (post 1700) +

  • Arthur John Capes (1875-1945), English footballer, active 1894-1906
  • Adrian Capes (1873-1955), English footballer who had 135 goals in 340 league and FA Cup games
  • Lee Capes (b. 1961), Australian gold medalist field hockey player at the 1988 Summer Olympics


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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