Copgrave is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in the village of Copgrove in Yorkshire
. The name literally means the little wood at the top of the hill
Early Origins of the Copgrave family
The surname Copgrave was first found in North Yorkshire
at Copgrove, a village and civil parish in the Harrogate district. The parish dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 and at that time held "7 households and 7 villagers." CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Copgrove Hall dated back to the 14th century.
Early History of the Copgrave family
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Copgrave 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 Copgrave family name include Capgrove, Capgrave, Copgrove, Copgrave, Coppegrave and many more.
Early Notables of the Copgrave family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Copgrave family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, 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. Early immigrants bearing the Copgrave surname or a spelling variation of the name include: a number of settlers who arrived in the New World by the 19th century.