Hi Janice & Natasha and any other of us who
might be interested. You are both right we
do not seem to a close family, at least in
the touchy-feely sense, yet we all seemed
to be blessed or cursed with an insatiable
desire to find out where we came from.
My own research results differ slightly from
yours Janice, at least insofar as the date
of origin of the Copeman name in Norfolk.
The name appears to derive from the old Norman name KAUPMAOR. It also has been spelt
COPMAN, COOPMAN and COUPMAN. The name seems
to an 'occupational', at some point we appear
to have been merchants, and in at least one
case rather unscrupulous dealers in horses.
The first mention of COPMANNUS was recorded
in Norfolk in 1141. A Johannes filius COPEMAN was documented in county Norfolk in
the year 1256.
If you were not aware the COPEMANS were granted a coat of arms way back when. The
heraldic description of this coat of arms
is as follows:
On an argent background two vertical bars
On a bend gules a tower between two gold
Crest surmounting: A talbots head
Go to a search engine named :topclick,
go to heraldry and download a program
called BLAZONS!2000. This program will
allow you to recreate the family coat of
arms at no charge.
I don't know whether I have helped or just
muddied the waters.
Let me know,.
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