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Early Origins of the Coplin family

The surname Coplin 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 Coplin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coplin 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 Coplin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Coplin Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Coplin 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...
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Coplin Ranking

In the United States, the name Coplin is the 15,554th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]

Ireland Migration of the Coplin family to Ireland

Some of the Coplin 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 Coplin migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Coplin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. William Thomas Coplin, (b. 1885), aged 20, Cornish engineer travelling aboard the ship "Celtic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York in 1905 en route to Lead City, South Dakota, USA [5]

Canada Coplin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Coplin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Coplin, who landed in Canada in 1831

Contemporary Notables of the name Coplin (post 1700) +

  • William D. Coplin, American professor and director of the undergraduate public affairs program at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Norman W. Coplin, American Seaman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [6]

The Coplin 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. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from
  6. Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook