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The origins of the Copley name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Copley was originally derived from a family having lived in Copley Plain in Loughton, which was in Essex; in Copley Hill in Babraham, which was found in Cambridgeshire; or in Copley in Halifax, which was in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Thus, the surname Copley belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Copley Early Origins



The surname Copley was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire at Copley. Another branch of the family was later found at Sprotborough. "The manor subsequently became the property of the Copley family, of whom Sir Godfrey built the present spacious mansion in the reign of Charles II., and whose descendant Sir Joseph Copley, Bart., is now lord." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
"The manor [of Batley in the West Riding of Yorkshire] was for eighteen generations held by the Copley family." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Copley Spelling Variations


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Copley Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Copley include Copley, Coppley, Copply, Coply and others.

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Copley Early History


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Copley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Copley research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1575, 1567, 1607, 1648, 1693, 1692, 1692, 1623, 1677, 1653, 1709, 1691, 1679, 1685, 1695 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Copley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Copley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Copley Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Thomas Copley of Bedingfield; Anthony Copley (1567-1607), English, Catholic supporter of Queen Elizabeth, known for his disapproval of the Jesuit meditations on martyrdom; Sir Lionel Copley (1648-1693), who arrived in America in 1692 to become the 1st Royal Governor of Maryland (1692 until...

Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Copley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Copley In Ireland


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Copley In Ireland



Some of the Copley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Copley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Copley, who landed in Maryland in 1634
  • James Copley who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • James Copley, aged 22, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Thomas Copley, who came to Maryland in 1636
  • Savell Copley, who arrived in Maryland in 1653
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Copley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Copley, who landed in New England in 1737

Copley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Copley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Copley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Copley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stratheden" in 1850
  • Mary Ann Copley, aged 18, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Copley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Copley (post 1700)



  • Rebecca Copley, American soprano opera singer
  • William Nelson Copley (1919-1996), American artist, Surrealist painter
  • John Singleton Copley (1738-1815), American painter, considered the greatest American artist of the Colonial period
  • James "Jimmy" Copley (b. 1953), English rock drummer
  • Paul Mackriell Copley (b. 1944), English award-winning actor
  • John Michael Harold Copley (b. 1933), British theatre and opera producer
  • Peter Copley (b. 1915), English stage, and television actor
  • John Copley (1772-1863), English (Boston born) Statesman, who held positions of Lord Chancellor, Solicitor General, Attorney General and Master of the Rolls, and was made Baron Lyndhurst on 25 April 1827
  • Sharlto Copley (b. 1973), South African producer, actor, and director, best known for his role of Wikus van de Merwe in the Oscar-nominated sci-fi film District 9
  • Martin Copley (b. 1940), English-born, Australian conservationist and philanthropist

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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