The many generations and branches of the Collepeper family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as 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 Collepeper family
The surname Collepeper was first found in Kent
where the family descend from Culpepers of Bayhall, Pembury, Kent.
Early History of the Collepeper family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Collepeper 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 Collepeper History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Collepeper Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Collepeper were recorded, including Colepeper, Colpepper, Culpeper, Culpepper, Colepepper, Colpeper, Collpeper and many more.
Early Notables of the Collepeper 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 Collepeper family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Collepeper family emigrate to 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..