Cappelan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Cappelan family

The surname Cappelan was first found in Lancashire at Whittington. "This is the Witetvne of the Saxon era, and was anciently of considerable extent. William de Coucy in the 14th of Edward III. had a grant of free warren here; and in the 49th of the same reign, Sir John de Coupeland, successor of de Coucy, owned a third of the manor: the manor was therefore held in portions, but when they were united does not appear." [1]

Ashton in Lancashire was another ancient family seat. "Ashton is remarkable as the ancient seat of the De Courcys, out of which family it passed by marriage to John de Coupland (died 1363), the hero of Neville's Cross." [1]

The squire from Northumberland captured David II of Scotland after the Battle of Neville's Cross in 1346. He was knighted for his actions but was ambushed and killed in 1363.

Early History of the Cappelan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cappelan research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1160, 1200, 1346, 1455, 1508, 1547, 1515, 1556, 1569 and are included under the topic Early Cappelan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cappelan Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Copeland, Coupland, Copland, Coapland and others.

Early Notables of the Cappelan family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Robert Copland ( fl. 1508-1547), English printer and author, thought to have been a servant of William Caxton, and worked for Wynkyn de Worde, best known...
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cappelan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Cappelan family to Ireland

Some of the Cappelan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Cappelan family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Copeland of Boston who arrived there on the "Speedwell" in the late 1640's. He was banished from Plymouth Colony in 1657. Lawrence Copeland of Braintree, Maine, lived to the age of 100.



The Cappelan Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Benigno numine
Motto Translation: By Divine Providence.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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