Cup History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The current generations of the Cup family have inherited a surname that was first used hundreds of years ago by descendants of the ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. The Cup family lived in the place named Colp in Aberdeenshire.

Early Origins of the Cup family

The surname Cup was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland.

One of the first records of the family was Johannes Coup who was recorded there in Aberdeen in 1408. "A 'commone hande bell, with ale proffetis,' was granted to William Colp and his son, David Colp in the same town in 1503, and a payment was made in 1518 to Sir Andrew Cup, evidently a cleric." [1]

Important Dates for the Cup family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cup research. Another 160 words (11 lines of text) covering the year 1408 is included under the topic Early Cup History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cup Spelling Variations

Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations. In various documents, Cup has been spelled Culp, Colp, Cup, Cope and others.

Early Notables of the Cup family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Cup Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Cup family

The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Cup: Connard Colp who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1732; followed by Charles in 1856; Anthony Cope settled in Jamaica in 1722; Richard Cope settled in New England in 1635.

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  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
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