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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.

Copps Early Origins



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

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Copps Spelling Variations


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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.

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Copps Early History


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Copps Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Copps research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1619 and 1672 are included under the topic Early Copps History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Copps Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Copps Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Copps Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Copps (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Copps (post 1700)



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

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    The Copps Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Copps Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 30 October 2012 at 14:38.

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