Copelis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestors of the Copelis surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in Copley Plain in Loughton, which was in Essex; in Copley Hill in Babraham, which was found in Cambridgeshire; or in Copley in Halifax, which was in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Thus, the surname Copelis belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Copelis family
The surname Copelis was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire at Copley. Another branch of the family was later found at Sprotborough. "The manor subsequently became the property of the Copley family, of whom Sir Godfrey built the present spacious mansion in the reign of Charles II., and whose descendant Sir Joseph Copley, Bart., is now lord." 
"The manor [of Batley in the West Riding of Yorkshire] was for eighteen generations held by the Copley family." 
Early History of the Copelis family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Copelis research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1575, 1567, 1607, 1648, 1693, 1692, 1692, 1623, 1677, 1653, 1709, 1691, 1679, 1685, 1695 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Copelis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Copelis Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Copelis include Copley, Coppley, Copply, Coply and others.
Early Notables of the Copelis family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Thomas Copley of Bedingfield; Anthony Copley (1567-1607), English, Catholic supporter of Queen Elizabeth, known for his disapproval of the Jesuit meditations on martyrdom; Sir Lionel Copley (1648-1693), who arrived in America in 1692 to become the 1st Royal Governor of Maryland (1692 until...
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Migration of the Copelis family to Ireland
Some of the Copelis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Copelis family
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: James Copley who settled in Virginia in 1635; and Thomas Copley, who came to Maryland in 1636.
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.