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Coppinger is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The Coppinger 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]


The surname Coppinger 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]

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Coppinger, Coppenger, Copenger, Copinger, Coppynger, Copinsher and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coppinger research. Another 359 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1503, 1513, 1512, 1532, 1626, 1604, 1603, 1621, 1675, 1436, 1416 and 1547 are included under the topic Early Coppinger History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 133 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coppinger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Coppinger family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Coppinger name or one of its variants:

Coppinger Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Matthew Coppinger, who arrived in Barbados in 1675
  • John Coppinger who came to Barbados in 1680

Coppinger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Coppinger, aged 55, landed in New York in 1812
  • Joseph Coppinger, who arrived in Charles Town (Charleston), South Carolina in 1820
  • James E. Coppinger, who arrived in New York, NY in 1836
  • James Coppinger, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1844
  • Maggie Coppinger, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1892

Coppinger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • John Coppinger, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Mitchelstown, in 1900
  • Hanna Coppinger, aged 26, who settled in America from Kilworth, in 1904
  • Mary Coppinger, aged 60, who landed in America from Thurles, in 1904
  • William Coppinger, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • William Coppinger, aged 45, who landed in America from Liverpool, England, in 1906

Coppinger Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Coppinger, who died en route to Quebec in 1847
  • Charles Coppinger, who was on record in Ontario Canada, in 1861

Coppinger Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Coppinger, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Stamboul"


  • John Thomas "Rocky" Coppinger (b. 1974), American Major League Baseball player
  • James Coppinger (b. 1981), English footballer
  • Charles Coppinger (1851-1877), English cricketer
  • Harry Coppinger (b. 1888), Canadian physician and surgeon of Manitoba
  • Ruth Coppinger, Irish activist and politician, county councillor in Fingal County
  • Raymond Coppinger, professor of biology at Hampshire College (1969-), expert in canine behavior
  • Allan Coppinger, Instructor and Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of Manitoba


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  1. ^ Lowe, 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)

Other References

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  2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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