The name Colpepper is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name was given to a person 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 Colpepper family
The surname Colpepper was first found in Kent
where the family descend from Culpepers of Bayhall, Pembury, Kent.
Early History of the Colpepper family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colpepper 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 Colpepper History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Colpepper Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Colpepper family name include Colepeper, Colpepper, Culpeper, Culpepper, Colepepper, Colpeper, Collpeper and many more.
Early Notables of the Colpepper 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 Colpepper family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Colpepper or a variant listed above: 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..