Copplestone History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Copplestone family

The surname Copplestone was first found in Devon where the earliest recorded of the name was Hugh of Coplestone in the year 1275 who was Lord of the Manor at that time. It was a hamlet and manor in the parish of Colebrook. Conjecturally, the family may be descended from the tenant of the parish, Manfred, who held it from William Cheever at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book by Duke William of Normandy in 1086. (This Guillaume La Chievre of Normandy, held 47 baronies in the county of Devon, and held a family seat at Bradninch in Devon. He attended William the Conqueror at Hastings in 1066,) Manfred was most likely a son or nephew of this great Baron Guillaume. It was customary amongst the Norman nobles at that time to allow their relatives to adopt the place name of their under-tenancy as their Sirename, so as to distinguish the branch from the main stem of the family. However, it seems clear that by the mid 13th century the name was well established. This unusual name and hamlet may have been connected with the small stones which were ballast brought back from Iceland by the fishing fleet which plied from Devon, and from the 12th to the 16th century were used extensively for paving the roads of England.

Important Dates for the Copplestone family

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Copplestone Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Coppleston, Copplestone, Copleston, Coplestone, Cobblestone, Cobelstone, Cobbelstone and many more.

Early Notables of the Copplestone family (pre 1700)

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Copplestone migration to Australia

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

Copplestone Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Copplestone, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Waterloo" in 1840 [1]

Copplestone 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:

Copplestone Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Christopher Copplestone, aged 28, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874

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  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WATERLOO 1840. Retrieved from
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