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Where did the English Copland family come from? What is the English Copland family crest and coat of arms? When did the Copland family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Copland family history?

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

First found in Northumberland where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Copland research. Another 164 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1160, 1200, 1346, and 1455 are included under the topic Early Copland History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Copland Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Copland family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 215 words(15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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

Copland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Copland, aged 23, landed in New York in 1812
  • Edward Copland, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1812
  • James Copland, aged 25, landed in New York in 1812
  • John L Copland, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • Mark Copland, who landed in Texas in 1835

Copland Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • J Copland landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1844
  • James Copland arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Montrose" in 1883
  • Helen Copland arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Montrose" in 1883
  • Jane Copland arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Montrose" in 1883

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  • Marc Copland, American jazz pianist and saxophonist
  • Aaron Copland (1900-1990), American Composer and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Charles Copland, Provost of St. John's Cathedral, in Oban, Scotland


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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.

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The Copland Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Copland Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 30 July 2014 at 10:42.

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