Coppely History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The origins of the Coppely name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family 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 Coppely belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Coppely family
The surname Coppely 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." 
"The manor [of Batley in the West Riding of Yorkshire] was for eighteen generations held by the Copley family." 
Early History of the Coppely family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coppely research. Another 81 words (6 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 Coppely History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Coppely Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Coppely were recorded, including Copley, Coppley, Copply, Coply and others.
Early Notables of the Coppely family (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...
Migration of the Coppely family to Ireland
Some of the Coppely family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Coppely family
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Coppely family emigrate to North America: James Copley who settled in Virginia in 1635; and Thomas Copley, who came to Maryland in 1636.