Coppegrave History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Coppegrave family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in the parish of Copgrove in Yorkshire. [1] The name literally means the little wood at the top of the hill. [2]

Early Origins of the Coppegrave family

The surname Coppegrave was first found in North Yorkshire at Copgrove, a village and civil parish in the Harrogate district. The parish dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 and at that time held "7 households and 7 villagers." [3] Copgrove Hall dated back to the 14th century.

One of the earliest records of the family was John Capgrave (1393-1464), Augustinian friar, theologian, and historian , born, as he has himself noted in his chronicle (p. 259), on 21 April 1393. "He was a native of Lynn in Norfolk - 'my cuntre is Northfolk, of the toun of Lynne.' His chief patron was Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, whose life he wrote, and to whom he dedicated certain of his works. Very many of Capgrave's works are lost. " [4]

Early History of the Coppegrave family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coppegrave research. Another 247 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1272, 1307, 1277, 1379, 1393, 1500, 1621, 1393 and 1464 are included under the topic Early Coppegrave History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Coppegrave Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Coppegrave include Capgrove, Capgrave, Copgrove, Copgrave, Coppegrave and many more.

Early Notables of the Coppegrave family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Coppegrave Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Coppegrave family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Coppegrave or a variant listed above: a number of settlers who arrived in the New World by the 19th century.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print on Facebook
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