name Cupitt comes from the personal name Jacob.
The surname Cupitt is derived from Cob,
which is a pet form of the name Jacob,
and is supplemented by the common diminutive suffix -et.
Some experts state that the surname Cupitt is a nickname
derived from the Old English word cubit,
which means elbow.
One expert is dumbfounded: "I cannot explain the somewhat common and well-known surname, unless it be a diminutive or corruption of a personal name
. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early Origins of the Cupitt family
The surname Cupitt was first found in Norfolk
, where Geoffrey Cobet and Roger Cobet were both listed in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Cupitt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cupitt research.Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1400 and 1566 are included under the topic Early Cupitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cupitt Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Cupitt has appeared include Cubitt, Cowbitt, Cobbett, Cubyt, Cubbert, Cubit and many more.
Early Notables of the Cupitt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cupitt family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Cupitt arrived in North America very early:
Cupitt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mary Cupitt, aged 21, who arrived in America, in 1893
Cupitt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Roland Cupitt, aged 24, who arrived in America from Nottingham, England, in 1907
- Annie Cupitt, aged 28, who arrived in America from Nottingham, England, in 1907
- Edith Cupitt, aged 22, who arrived in America from Nottingham, England, in 1907
- Thomas Cupitt, aged 28, who arrived in America from Quorn Leicester, England, in 1909
- Elizabeth Cupitt, aged 31, who arrived in America from Bolton, England, in 1920
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Contemporary Notables of the name Cupitt (post 1700)
- Joseph Cupitt (1867-1932), English cricketer who played first class cricket for Derbyshire in 1905
- Don Cupitt (b. 1934), English philosopher of religion and scholar of Christian theology