The ancient roots of the Kepax family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Kepax comes from when the family lived in the village of Kippax, located in the county of Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Kepax family
The surname Kepax was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Kippax, a large and important Norman village. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, Kippax, at the taking of the Domesday Book
was held by Ilbert de Lacy, a Norman Baron, who was at the Battle of Hastings. and who was granted 150 lordships in Yorkshire
in addition to the whole district known then as Blackburnshire in now Lancashire
. His holdings included Pontefract Castle in Yorkshire
. Conjecturally, the Kippax family surname descends from a relation of this Baron
who held Kippax at that time.
Early History of the Kepax family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kepax research.Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1404, 1352, 1356, 1364, 1367, 1370, 1372, 1375, 1382, 1373, 1653 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Kepax History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kepax 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 Kepax has appeared include Kippax, Keepax, Kipax, Kepax, Kipas, Kypas, Kyppax, Kypax, Kipacks, Kepax, Kippacks, Cuppage, Cupage, Kippage, Kippash, Cuppash, Coppash, Cupacks and many more.
Early Notables of the Kepax family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include John Keppock (died 1404), Irish judge who held the offices of Lord Chief Justice of Ireland
and Chief Baron
of the Irish Exchequer, in England
in 1352, acted as counsel for the powerful Anglo-Irish Cusack family, became King's Serjeant (1356), became Lord Chief Baron
(1364)... Another 82 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kepax Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kepax family to Ireland
Some of the Kepax family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kepax 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 Kepax arrived in North America very early: Peter Kippax settled in Virginia in 1699.