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Capper is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest brought to England in 1066. The Capper family lived in Lincolnshire. They were descended from Le Cappere of Ayncourt, in the bailiwick of Caux, Normandy.

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The surname Capper was first found in Lincolnshire where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror, their liege Lord, for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. They were descended from Le Cappere of Ayncourt, in the bailiwick of Caux, and became Tenants in Chief in Lincolnshire, Northampton, and Cheshire. They assumed the name of Ballivia Domini Gaufridi de Capella.

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Cappe, Capper, Cappar, Capps, Caps, Caper and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Capper research. Another 236 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Capper History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Capper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Capper or a variant listed above:

Capper Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Capper who settled in Jamaica in 1661

Capper Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Capper, who landed in America in 1811
  • William and E. P. Capper settled in New York State in 1823
  • Abraham H. Capper settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1851
  • Henry Capper settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • Charles Capper, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872


Capper Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Samuel Capper a seaman, arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Lady Mary Pelham" in 1836
  • Francis Capper arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Salacia" in 1850
  • John Capper, aged 18, a stone mason, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Navarino"
  • William Capper, aged 45, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Blundell"
  • Andrew Capper, aged 24, a shoemaker, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Blundell"


Capper Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Edward Henry Capper, aged 33, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ocean Mail" in 1875
  • Emma S. Capper, aged 28, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ocean Mail" in 1875
  • Susannah Capper, aged 10, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ocean Mail" in 1875
  • Charles Edward Capper, aged 9, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ocean Mail" in 1875
  • Julia Eve Capper, aged 7, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ocean Mail" in 1875


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  • Keith Capper, American politician, Independent Candidate for U.S. Senator from Alaska, 1958
  • Arthur Capper (1865-1951), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1908, 1936; Governor of Kansas, 1915-19; U.S. Senator from Kansas, 1919-49
  • Mr. Cyril Capper (d. 1941), British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Sir William Derrick Capper, Chief Constable, West Midlands
  • Edmund Michael Hubert Capper, Anglican Clergyman, Assistant Bishop of Gibraltar and Chaplain of St. George's Church, Malaga, Spain
  • Warwick Capper (b. 1963), former Australian rules footballer


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