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The name Kapr came to England with the ancestors of the Kapr family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Kapr family lived in Lincolnshire. They were descended from Le Cappere of Ayncourt, in the bailiwick of Caux, Normandy.

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The surname Kapr was first found in Lincolnshire where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror, their liege Lord, for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. They were descended from Le Cappere of Ayncourt, in the bailiwick of Caux, and became Tenants in Chief in Lincolnshire, Northampton, and Cheshire. They assumed the name of Ballivia Domini Gaufridi de Capella.

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Cappe, Capper, Cappar, Capps, Caps, Caper and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kapr research. Another 236 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kapr History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Kapr Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Kapr or a variant listed above: Richard Capper who settled in Jamaica in 1661; William and E.P. Capper settled in New York State in 1823; Abraham H. Capper settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1851.

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The Kapr Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kapr Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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