Early Origins of the Copleston family
The surname Copleston was first found in Devon
where the earliest recorded of the name was Hugh of Coplestone in the year 1275 who was Lord of the Manor at that time. It was a hamlet and manor in the parish of Colebrook. Conjecturally, the family may be descended from the tenant
of the parish, Manfred, who held it from William Cheever at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
by Duke William of Normandy
in 1086. (This Guillaume La Chievre of Normandy
, held 47 baronies in the county of Devon
, and held a family seat
at Bradninch in Devon
. He attended William the Conqueror at Hastings in 1066,) Manfred was most likely a son or nephew of this great Baron
Guillaume. It was customary amongst the Norman nobles at that time to allow their relatives to adopt the place name of their under-tenancy as their Sirename, so as to distinguish the branch from the main stem of the family. However, it seems clear that by the mid 13th century the name was well established. This unusual name and hamlet may have been connected with the small stones which were ballast brought back from Iceland by the fishing fleet which plied from Devon, and from the 12th to the 16th century were used extensively for paving the roads of England.
Early History of the Copleston family
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Copleston Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Coppleston, Copplestone, Copleston, Coplestone, Cobblestone, Cobelstone, Cobbelstone and many more.
Early Notables of the Copleston family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Copleston family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Copleston Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Annias Copleston, who settled in Virginia in 1635
- Annias Copleston, who landed in Virginia in 1637 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Copleston (post 1700)
- Fr. Frederick Charles Copleston (b. 1907), Jesuit priest and writer on philosophy