Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Copam is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Cobham Kent
, a village and civil parish in the Gravesham District that dates back to before the Norman Conquest
. The first record of the village was in 939 where it was listed as Cobba hammes mearce.
Cobham, Surrey was established later as the first record of the village in the Borough of Elmbridge was in the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Covenham. Both places have the same origin as in "enclosure or homestead of a man called Cobba," having derived from the Old English personal name + hamm or ham. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Copam family
The surname Copam was first found in Kent
where Henry de Cobham, 1st Baron
1260-1339) was the oldest Baron
of Cobham created in 1313. His father John de Cobham of Cobham, Kent
, and of Cowling or Cooling, Kent
(died c. 1300) was Sheriff of Kent, Constable of Rochester and Chief Baron
of the Exchequer. This line would carry on until 1951 when Robert Disney Leith Alexander, 16th Baron
Cobham died. However, there were three other creations of the Barons of Cobham at similar times located in Runham, Sterborough and again in Kent
. About the same time, Thomas Cobham was Archbishop of Canterbury-elect in 1313 and later Bishop of Worcester.
Early History of the Copam family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Copam research.Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1313, 1260, 1339, 1307, 1408, 1381, 1332, 1398, 1700 and 1760 are included under the topic Early Copam History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Copam 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. Copam has been spelled many different ways, including Cobham, Cobbam, Cobban and others.
Early Notables of the Copam family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Henry de Cobham, 1st Baron
Cobham, (1260-1339), Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports in 1307, He also held the titles of Sheriff of Kent, Constable of Canterbury, Tonbridge, Dover and Rochester Castles, all in Kent; and John de Cobham, 3rd Baron
Cobham (d... Another 100 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Copam Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Copam 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 Copams to arrive in North America: Mary Cobham who settled in Barbados with servants in 1680; Robert Cobham, who came to Philadelphia in 1774; Thomas Cobham, who settled in New Hampshire
The Copam Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto Translation: Concord.
Copam Family Crest Products
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)