Show ContentsCopus History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Copus is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for a person who habitually wore a long cloak or cape. The surname Copus is derived from the Old English word cope, which emerged about 1225 and comes from the Old English word cape, which refers to a cloak or cape.

Early Origins of the Copus family

The surname Copus was first found in Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire where the family "appear in the character of civil servants of the crown in the reign of Richard II and Henry IV, and were rewarded with large grants of land." [1] The held family seats at Hardwick and Hanwell, both in the neighbourhood of Banbury. [1]

Another source claims "Staffordshire is the home of the Copes, who are most numerous in the district of Stoke - on - Trent. In the reign of Charles II., Jonathan Cope, of Rauton Abbey, was High Sheriff for the county. The name is also represented in Cheshire and Derbyshire. The ancestors of the line of baronets of this name seem to hail originally from Oxfordshire. In the 13th century the name was established in Bucks, Beds, London, Suffolk, Norfolk, Lincolnshire." [2]

Early History of the Copus family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Copus research. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1578, 1549, 1551, 1557, 1614, 1588, 1601, 1604, 1614, 1690, 1760, 1745, 1632, 1675, 1660, 1675 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Copus History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Copus Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Copus have been found, including Cope, Coap, Coape, Copes and others.

Early Notables of the Copus family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Alan Cope (d. 1578), English Catholic divine, "a native of the city of London. He was educated at Oxford, and after taking the degree of B.A. was made perpetual fellow of Magdalen College in 1549. " [3] Sir Anthony Cope (d. 1551), was an early English author, second son of William Cope of Hanwell, Oxfordshire, cofferer to Henry VII, by his second wife Joan, daughter of John Spencer of Hodnell, Warwickshire, was a member of Oriel College, Oxford, but does not appear to have graduated. [3] Michael Cope (fl. 1557), was a Protestant author who fled from...
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Ireland Migration of the Copus family to Ireland

Some of the Copus family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Copus migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become powerful new nations. Among early immigrants of the Copus surname to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:

Copus Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Annie Elisabeth Copus, aged 41, originally from London, England, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Cedric" from Liverpool, England [4]
  • Annie Copus, aged 42, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Fort St. George" from Quebec via Halifax, Canada [4]
  • Albert Copus, aged 42, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Fort St. George" from Quebec, Canada [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Copus (post 1700) +

  • Julia Copus, English British poet, children's writer and radio dramatist from London, recipient of the Eric Gregory Award (1995)
  • Nicholas "Nick" Copus (b. 1966), British Directors Guild of Canada Award winning and Gemini Award nominated cinematographer, director, producer, writer of film and television
  • Leslie Copus Peltier (1900-1980), American amateur astronomer, eponym of the Asteroid 3850 Peltier, awarded the Leslie C. Peltier Award of the Astronomical League

The Copus Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Aequo adeste animo
Motto Translation: Be present with mind unchangeable.

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from on Facebook