Show ContentsCopland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Copland family

The surname Copland was first found in Lancashire at Whittington. "This is the Witetvne of the Saxon era, and was anciently of considerable extent. William de Coucy in the 14th of Edward III. had a grant of free warren here; and in the 49th of the same reign, Sir John de Coupeland, successor of de Coucy, owned a third of the manor: the manor was therefore held in portions, but when they were united does not appear." 1

Ashton in Lancashire was another ancient family seat. "Ashton is remarkable as the ancient seat of the De Courcys, out of which family it passed by marriage to John de Coupland (died 1363), the hero of Neville's Cross." 1

The squire from Northumberland captured David II of Scotland after the Battle of Neville's Cross in 1346. He was knighted for his actions but was ambushed and killed in 1363. 2 The family lent their name to Copeland (bought land), in Cumberland. 3 Today, this place is known as the Borough of Copeland, a local government district with borough status in western Cumbria.

Early History of the Copland family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Copland research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1160, 1200, 1346, 1455, 1508, 1515, 1547, 1556, 1569, 1747, 1781, 1787, 1797, 1804, 1828, 1829, 1835, 1837, 1855, 1861, 1868, 1885 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Copland History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Copland Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Copeland, Coupland, Copland, Coapland and others.

Early Notables of the Copland family

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was

  • Robert Copland (fl. 1508-1547), English printer and author, thought to have been a servant of William Caxton, and worked for Wynkyn de Worde, best known for his publication The Boke of Justices of Pea...
  • William Copland (fl. 1556-1569), was an English printer, believed by Dibdin (Typogr. Antiq. iv. 127) to have been the younger brother of Robert Copland. 4

Copland Ranking

In the United States, the name Copland is the 18,284th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 5

Ireland Migration of the Copland family to Ireland

Some of the Copland family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Copland migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Copland Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Copland, who arrived in Virginia in 1743 6
Copland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Copland, aged 23, who landed in New York in 1812 6
  • Edward Copland, aged 23, who arrived in New York in 1812 6
  • James Copland, aged 25, who landed in New York in 1812 6
  • John L Copland, who arrived in Texas in 1835 6
  • Mark Copland, who landed in Texas in 1835 6

New Zealand Copland 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:

Copland Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • J Copland, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1844
  • Mr. William Copland, Scottish settler from Lumphanan travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 27th April 1860 7
  • Mrs. Copland, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Helenslee" arriving in Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand on 28th May 1871 8
  • Mr. John Copland, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Rakaia" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 10th August 1881 7
  • James Copland, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Montrose" in 1883
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Copland (post 1700) +

  • Aaron Copland (1900-1990), American classical composer, composition teacher and writer awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964
  • Aaron Copland (1900-1990), American composer, known as "the Dean of American Composers," recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Marc Copland (b. 1948), American jazz pianist and saxophonist
  • Henry Copland (1710-1754), English cabinetmaker and furniture designer who also used the surname Copeland
  • John "Jackie" Copland (b. 1947), Scottish former footballer
  • Charles Copland, Provost of St. John's Cathedral, in Oban, Scotland

The Copland 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: Benigno numine
Motto Translation: By Divine Providence.

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  4. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. 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)
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