The origins of the Anglo-Saxon
name Copner come from its first bearer, who was a lover or sweetheart. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word copiner,
which means lover.
Early Origins of the Copner family
The surname Copner was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name flourished in Devon
for more than six centuries. One of the first to be recorded was Richard Copener in that shire in 1242.
Early History of the Copner family
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Copner Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Copner has been spelled many different ways, including Copner, Cobner, Coppener, Copenere, Capenor and others.
Early Notables of the Copner family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Copner family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Copner Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Thomas Copner, who was recorded in a census of 1871 in Toronto
Copner Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Copner, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
The Copner 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: Vivitur ingenio
Motto Translation: He lives by skill