Coupland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Coupland family

The surname Coupland was first found in Lancashire at Whittington. "This is the Witetvne of the Saxon era, and was anciently of considerable extent. William de Coucy in the 14th of Edward III. had a grant of free warren here; and in the 49th of the same reign, Sir John de Coupeland, successor of de Coucy, owned a third of the manor: the manor was therefore held in portions, but when they were united does not appear." [1]

Ashton in Lancashire was another ancient family seat. "Ashton is remarkable as the ancient seat of the De Courcys, out of which family it passed by marriage to John de Coupland (died 1363), the hero of Neville's Cross." [1]

The squire from Northumberland captured David II of Scotland after the Battle of Neville's Cross in 1346. He was knighted for his actions but was ambushed and killed in 1363.

Early History of the Coupland family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coupland research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1160, 1200, 1346, 1455, 1508, 1547, 1515, 1556, 1569 and are included under the topic Early Coupland History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Coupland Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Copeland, Coupland, Copland, Coapland and others.

Early Notables of the Coupland family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Robert Copland ( fl. 1508-1547), English printer and author, thought to have been a servant of William Caxton, and worked for Wynkyn de Worde, best known...
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coupland Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Coupland family to Ireland

Some of the Coupland family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Coupland migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Coupland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Coupland, aged 30, who landed in Missouri in 1842 [2]
  • W F Coupland, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1860 [2]

Australia Coupland migration to Australia +

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

Coupland Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Coupland, British convict who was convicted in York, England for life, transported aboard the "Asia" on 19th November 1827, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • William Coupland, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Blundell" in 1851 [4]
  • John Coupland, Welsh convict from Brecknockshire, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [5]

New Zealand Coupland 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:

Coupland Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Richard Coupland, British settler travelling from Portsmouth aboard the ship "Duke of Portland" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 24th October 1851 [6]
  • Mr. James Coupland, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Stately" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 5th February 1854 [7]
  • Mr. Robert Coupland, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tamora" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 8th March 1859 [7]
  • Mrs. Coupland, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tamora" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 8th March 1859 [7]
  • Child Coupland, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tamora" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 8th March 1859 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Coupland (post 1700) +

  • Major-General Richard Cox Coupland (1893-1988), American Director of Armament for the Air Force (1948-1950) [8]
  • Diana Coupland (1932-2006), English actress, best known for her role as Jean Abbott on Bless This House (1971 to 1976)
  • Joe Coupland (1920-1989), Scottish former professional footballer
  • George Coupland FRS (b. 1959), Scottish plant scientist, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in May 2007
  • Jenny Coupland (b. 1961), Australian model and pageant winner, Miss Australia for 1982
  • Douglas Coupland (b. 1961), Canadian writer, author of the book Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture


The Coupland 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: Benigno numine
Motto Translation: By Divine Providence.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 8th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1827
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BLUNDELL 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Blundell.htm
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 23) Richard Coupland. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Coupland/Richard_Cox/USA.html


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