Show ContentsCapshaw History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Capshaw family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found at the copstake or the post on top of the round hill or mound.

Early Origins of the Capshaw family

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

Early History of the Capshaw family

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Capshaw Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Capshaw include Capstick, Copestake, Copestick, Copstick, Capstack, Coupstak, Coupestack, Copstake, Cowpstake and many more.

Early Notables of the Capshaw family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Capshaw family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Capshaw or a variant listed above: Daniel Capstick, a bonded passenger, who arrived in Maryland in 1719; Richard Capstick who arrived in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1719; Jonathan Capstick, who was recorded in London, Ontario, in the census of 1871.

Contemporary Notables of the name Capshaw (post 1700) +

  • Kate Capshaw (b. 1953), American actress, former wife of Steven Spielberg, best known for her lead role in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
  • Jessica Capshaw (b. 1976), American actress, daughter of Kate Capshaw on Facebook