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Copps History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Copps is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived on the top of a high hill. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word coppe, for a high hill or promontory. It was also used as a word for a lookout; a place where an observer could see the landscape for miles around, and therefore be able to warn of an approaching army. As a place-name, it is largely extinct, except for one location; there is a Spying Copp outside of the Liverpool Soccer Stadium is a good place to watch the games for free.

Early Origins of the Copps family

The surname Copps was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Copps family

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Copps Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Copps family name include Copp, Coppe, Copps, Coppes, Cop, Cops and others.

Early Notables of the Copps family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Copps family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Copps Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Copps, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Gertrude
  • Michael Copps, aged 32, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841

Contemporary Notables of the name Copps (post 1700)

  • Victor Kennedy Copps (1919-1988), Canadian politician and Mayor of Hamilton, Ontario

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