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

Capps Early Origins



The surname Capps 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.

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Capps Spelling Variations


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Capps Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Cappe, Capper, Cappar, Capps, Caps, Caper and others.

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Capps Early History


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Capps Early History



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

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Capps Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Capps Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Capps Notables 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



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Capps or a variant listed above were:

Capps Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Capps, who landed in Virginia in 1619
  • Cathrin Capps, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • William Capps settled in Virginia in 1626
  • Williams Capps settled in Virginia in 1626
  • Robert Capps, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Capps Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Will Capps settled in North Carolina in 1702
  • William Capps, who arrived in North Carolina in 1702

Capps Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Capps, aged 21, landed in New York, NY in 1851

Capps Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Dorothy Capps, aged 8, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Frank L Capps, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • John Capps, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from Edmonton, England, in 1906
  • Johnnie Capps, aged 3, who settled in America from Edmonton, England, in 1906
  • Ellen Capps, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from Edmonton, England, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Capps Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Capps, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  • Mary A. Capps, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Eliza"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Capps (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Capps (post 1700)



  • Donald Eric Capps (1939-2015), American theologian, William Harte Felmeth Professor of Pastoral Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Charles Capps (1934-2014), American Christian preacher and teacher in the Word of Faith movement, and has had great influence on the movement through his books and teaching
  • Edwin M. Capps, American politician, Mayor of San Diego, California, 1899-1901, 1915-17
  • Edward Capps (1866-1950), American politician, U.S. Minister to Greece, 1920
  • Ernest Capps, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1956
  • Eugene E. Capps, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1908
  • George H. Capps, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Buenos Aires, 1945-46
  • Gilmer Capps, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1980
  • Laura Karolina Capps, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for California, 2000
  • Lindsey D. Capps, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for California, 1996
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Capps


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Suggested Readings for the name Capps



  • The Capps by Joyce Ford.
  • William Ransom Capps and Eliza Jane Jones by Joyce Capps.

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Citations


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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822

Other References

  1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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The Capps Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Capps 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.

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