Capron History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The earliest origins of the family name Capron date back to the Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name given to a person who worked as chaperon. is derived from the Norman French word capron and from the Old French word chaperon, which both mean a hood or cap. This bearer of this surname was a person who made or sold hoods and caps.

Early Origins of the Capron family

The surname Capron was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Capron family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Capron research. Another 134 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1130, 1154, 1273, 1327, 1400, 1550, and 1788 are included under the topic Early Capron History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Capron Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Capron include Capron, Caperun, Caperoner, Chaperon, Caperon, Capronne and many more.

Early Notables of the Capron family (pre 1700)

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United States Capron migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Capron Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Capron who arrived in Texas in 1846
  • Peter Frans Capron, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1846 [1]

New Zealand Capron migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Capron Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Capron, British settler arriving as the 1st detachment of Royal New Zealand Fencible Corps travelling from Tilbury, Essex aboard the ship "Ramillies" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 6th August 1847 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Capron (post 1700) +

  • Ralph Earl Capron (1889-1980), American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Alexander Morgan Capron, American biomedical ethicist and law professor at the University of Southern California
  • Adin Ballou Capron (1841-1911), American politician, U.S. Representative from Rhode Island
  • Wiley W. Capron (1867-1925), American politician, Representative from New York 37th District, 1912 [3]
  • Adin Ballou Capron (1841-1911), American Republican politician, Member of Rhode Island State House of Representatives, 1887-92; Speaker of the Rhode Island State House of Representatives, 1891-93 [3]
  • John Radn Capron (1829-1888), English amateur scientist, astronomer, and photographer
  • Jean Pierre Capron (1921-1997), French landscape painter
  • Roger Capron (1922-2006), French ceramic artist based in Vallauris, France
  • Brian Capron (b. 1947), British television actor

  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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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