The name Cops is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family 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 Cops family
The surname Cops was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Cops family
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Cops Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Cops are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Cops include: Copp, Coppe, Copps, Coppes, Cop, Cops and others.
Early Notables of the Cops family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cops family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Cops or a variant listed above: Edward Copp of Providence, Rhode Island, arrived in the sailing ship "Blessing." He and his two sons Richard and William Copp were shoemakers and later moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 1630. Part of his estate in Boston was known as Copp Hill. Mr. Copp settled in New York in 1820.