The name Colepeper has been recorded in British history since the time when the Anglo-Saxons
ruled over the region. The name is assumed to have been given to someone who was a spicer. The name is derived from two Old English elements, cul
It meant "pepper gatherer." As spices were rare and expensive in the medieval period, this would have been a valued occupation.
Early Origins of the Colepeper family
The surname Colepeper was first found in Kent
where the family descend from Culpepers of Bayhall, Pembury, Kent.
Early History of the Colepeper family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colepeper research.Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1321, 1644, 1725, 1588, 1651, 1660, 1601, 1663, 1600, 1660, 1616, 1654, 1635, 1689, 1677, 1683, 1656, 1723, 1651, 1670, 1632, 1700, 1668 and 1740 are included under the topic Early Colepeper History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Colepeper Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Colepeper has been spelled many different ways, including Colepeper, Colpepper, Culpeper, Culpepper, Colepepper, Colpeper, Collpeper and many more.
Early Notables of the Colepeper family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Geoffrey Colepeper High Sheriff
of Kent; Sir William Culpeper, (1588-1651) 1st Baronet
of Culpeper of Preston Hall, Kent; Sir Richard Culpeper, 2nd Baronet
of Preston Hall (d 1660); Sir Cheney Culpeper(1601-1663), an English landowner; John Colepeper of Bedgebery (ca.1600-1660), 1st Baron
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Migration of the Colepeper family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Colepepers to arrive in North America: Henry Culpeper who settled in Virginia in 1663; Jonathan Culpeper settled in Virginia in 1646; William Culpepper settled in New England
in 1634; Margaret Culpepper settled in Virginia in 1751..
Contemporary Notables of the name Colepeper (post 1700)
- William Colepeper (b. 1726), English poet and politician from Hollingbourn, Kent
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