Copgrove History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Copgrove is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in the parish of Copgrove in Yorkshire. [1] The name literally means the little wood at the top of the hill. [2]

Early Origins of the Copgrove family

The surname Copgrove 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." [3] Copgrove Hall dated back to the 14th century.

One of the earliest records of the family was John Capgrave (1393-1464), Augustinian friar, theologian, and historian , born, as he has himself noted in his chronicle (p. 259), on 21 April 1393. "He was a native of Lynn in Norfolk - 'my cuntre is Northfolk, of the toun of Lynne.' His chief patron was Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, whose life he wrote, and to whom he dedicated certain of his works. Very many of Capgrave's works are lost. " [4]

Early History of the Copgrove family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Copgrove research. Another 247 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1272, 1307, 1277, 1379, 1393, 1500, 1621, 1393 and 1464 are included under the topic Early Copgrove History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Copgrove 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 Copgrove 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. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Copgrove include: Capgrove, Capgrave, Copgrove, Copgrave, Coppegrave and many more.

Early Notables of the Copgrove family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Copgrove Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Copgrove family

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 Copgrove or a variant listed above: a number of settlers who arrived in the New World by the 19th century.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print on Facebook
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