Cope History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The earliest origins of the Cope surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a person who habitually wore a long cloak or cape. The surname Cope is derived from the Old English word cope, which emerged about 1225 and comes from the Old English word cape, which refers to a cloak or cape.

Early Origins of the Cope family

The surname Cope was first found in Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire where the family "appear in the character of civil servants of the crown in the reign of Richard II and Henry IV, and were rewarded with large grants of land." [1] The held family seats at Hardwick and Hanwell, both in the neighbourhood of Banbury. [1]

Important Dates for the Cope family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cope research. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1690, 1760, 1745, 1632, 1675, 1660 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Cope History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cope Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Cope are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Cope include: Cope, Coap, Coape, Copes and others.

Early Notables of the Cope family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Jonathon Cope; Sir John Cope (1690-1760), British general who was defeated at the Battle of Prestonpans by Bonnie Prince Charlie in...
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Migration of the Cope family to Ireland

Some of the Cope family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Cope migration to the United States

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Cope or a variant listed above:

Cope Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Cope, who settled in New England in 1635
  • Richard Cope, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635
  • Maria Cope, aged 14, who landed in New England in 1635 [2]
  • Richard Cope, aged 24, who landed in America in 1635 [2]
  • William Cope, aged 26, who arrived in America in 1635 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Cope Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hannah Cope, who landed in Virginia in 1706 [2]
  • Anthony Cope, who settled in Jamaica in 1722
  • Yoost Cope, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727 [2]
Cope Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Richard S Cope, aged 30, who landed in Maine in 1812 [2]
  • Edward Cope who settled in Rhode Island whose sons Richard and William became noted shoemakers of Boston
  • H C Cope, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • J Cope, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • Joseph Cope, who arrived in Mississippi in 1854 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cope migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cope Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. William Cope U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 he served in the Queen's Rangers Regiment [3]
  • Mr. William Cope Sr., U.E. (b. 1719) born in United Kingdom from New York, USA who settled in Cope Town [Hamilton], Ontario c. 1783 he served in the Queen's Rangers Regiment, married Phoebe Ellsworth they had 9 children [3]

Cope migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Cope Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Martin Cope, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]
  • Joseph Cope, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Porter" in 1839 [5]
  • Henry Cope, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848 [6]
  • Ann Cope, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848 [6]
  • Joseph Losco Cope, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cope migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Cope Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • M. A. Cope, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th October 1859 [7]
  • M. A. Cope, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • D. Cope, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874
  • Mr. Jesse Cope, (b. 1842), aged 32, English brick maker from Staffordshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [8]
  • Mrs. Sarah Cope, (b. 1844), aged 30, English settler from Staffordshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Cope (post 1700)

  • Warner Walton "W.W." Cope (1824-1903), American jurist, the 6th Chief Justice of California
  • Barbara Cope (1950-2018), nicknamed "The Butter Queen", an American rock and roll groupie from Dallas, Texas, who toured with Traffic, Jimi Hendrix and Joe Cocker, later Robert Plant dedicated the song "Dazed & Confused" to her in 1973
  • Thomas Darlington Cope (1880-1964), American physicist and historian of science
  • Kenneth Cope (b. 1961), American composer and performer of religious music
  • Derrike Cope (b. 1958), American racing driver, winner of the 1990 Daytona 500
  • Arthur C. Cope (1909-1966), American organic chemist
  • Edward Drinker Cope (1840-1897), American anatomist and paleontologist
  • Wendy Cope OBE (b. 1945), English poet
  • Jamie "Shotgun" Cope (b. 1985), English professional snooker player
  • John Cope (1791-1884), English music professor originally from Ross On Wye, father of George and Thomas Cope of Cope Brothers & Co
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Cope family

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Hector Allan Cope, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [9]
  • Mr. John Cope, British Assistant Pantryman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [9]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Louis Francis  Cope (1903-1917), Canadian resident from Windsor Junction, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
  • Master Henry  Cope (1905-1917), Canadian resident from Windsor Junction, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Sidney J Cope (b. 1896), English Commissioned Gunner serving for the Royal Navy from Porchester, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [11]
  • Mr. George R Cope (b. 1923), English Boy 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Southampton, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [11]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Thomas Cope, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [12]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Charles T Cope, British Ordnance Artificer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [13]
HMS Royal Oak
  • John Richard Cope (1914-1939), British Leading Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [14]

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Citations

  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PORTER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Porter.gif
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The HARPLEY 1848 - PASSENGER LIST. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848HarpleyPassengerList.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  10. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  11. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  12. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  13. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  14. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
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