Copleston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

In nearby Cornwall, another early brach of the family was found. "Another manor called Biscovey, was anciently in the family of Coplestone. This, in the year 1563, was sold by one of that family residing at Warlegh, in Devonshire, to Mr. Richard Trehawke, of St. Blazey." [1]

Important Dates for the Copleston family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Copleston research. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1359, 1607, 1642, 1655 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Copleston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Copleston Spelling Variations

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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Copleston migration to the United States

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 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Copleston (post 1700)

  • Fr. Frederick Charles Copleston (b. 1907), Jesuit priest and writer on philosophy


  1. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  2. ^ 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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