Coppin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Coppin is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Coppin family lived in Suffolk which is derived from the Old English copp, a word for the top or summit of a hill, and indicates someone who lived in such a place. Another reference presumes that the name was derived from the word "coppin," which was a "piece of yarn taken from a spindle." [1] The Suffolk expression "To live like a Coppinger, points to the wealth and hospitality of a family of this name who flourished in the 16th and 17th century at Buxhall." [1]

Early Origins of the Coppin family

The surname Coppin was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from very early times. Records from the year 1290 showed Greffrey Coppinger and Walter Coppinger in Waketown, Norfolk. Roger Coppinger of Waketun is listed in Norfolk in that same era, in the Rotuli Hundredorum. Other early records of the name include Seman Copinger, listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk in 1327; William Copenger listed in the Feet of Fines of Suffolk in 1383; and William Copynger, listed in the Feet of Fines of Essex in 1489. [2]

Early History of the Coppin family

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Coppin Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Coppin family name include Coppinger, Coppenger, Copenger, Copinger, Coppynger, Copinsher and many more.

Early Notables of the Coppin family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: William Copinger (d. 1436), who became the parson (rector) of Buxhall in 1416. He was a member of a family settled at Buxhall, Suffolk. His will is dated 20 Jan. 1411-1412, and was proved on 2 March 1415-1416. He was buried at Buxhall. [3] Sir Ralph Copinger, of Suffolk, was knighted on the battlefield at on Muckleburgh, in 1547, fighting against the Scots. John Coppin or Copping (d. 1583), was a Brownist, who lived in Bury St. Edmunds. He enthusiastically accepted the teachings of Robert Browne; preached Browne's doctrines in his native town...
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Coppin Ranking

In the United States, the name Coppin is the 14,367th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4] However, in France, the name Coppin is ranked the 2,404th most popular surname with an estimated 2,500 - 3,000 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Coppin family to Ireland

Some of the Coppin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Coppin migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Coppin family to immigrate North America:

Coppin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Coppin, who settled in San Francisco, California in 1864
  • Charles Coppin, who settled in Philadelphia in 1880

Australia Coppin migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Coppin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Coppin, British Convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 25th June 1838, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • Henry Coppin, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]
  • Emma J Coppin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847 [8]
  • Selina Coppin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847 [8]
  • Emma Coppin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847 [8]
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New Zealand Coppin migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Coppin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Job Coppin, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • Harriett Coppin, aged 20, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • George Coppin, aged 30, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
  • Charlotte Coppin, aged 26, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874

West Indies Coppin migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [9]
Coppin Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • J. Coppin Sr. settled in Barbados with his wife and servants in 1680

Contemporary Notables of the name Coppin (post 1700) +

  • Fanny Jackson Coppin (1837-1913), American educator and missionary
  • Johnny Coppin (b. 1946), English singer/songwriter, composer and broadcaster
  • George Selth Coppin (1819-1906), English actor and politician in Australia
  • Arthur Coppin Straker (1893-1961), English cricketer

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  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  5. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 19th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/coromandel
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABOUKIR 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Aboukir.htm
  9. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  10. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp


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