The ancestry of the name Capgrave dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the village of Copgrove in Yorkshire
. The name literally means the little wood at the top of the hill
Early Origins of the Capgrave family
The surname Capgrave was first found in North Yorkshire
at Copgrove, a village and civil parish in the Harrogate district. The parish dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 and at that time held "7 households and 7 villagers." CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Copgrove Hall dated back to the 14th century.
Early History of the Capgrave family
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Capgrave Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Capgrave have been found, including Capgrove, Capgrave, Copgrove, Copgrave, Coppegrave and many more.
Early Notables of the Capgrave family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Capgrave family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Capgrave, or a variant listed above: a number of settlers who arrived in the New World by the 19th century.
Contemporary Notables of the name Capgrave (post 1700)
- John Capgrave (1393-1464), English chronicler