Welcome to Paul & Elizabeth Copinger's web site...
This web site is for all Copinger and Coppinger family members regardless of how you spell or hyphenate the name. There is no proof of any difference between the name Copinger, Coppinger, Copenger, Coppenger or any of the other variants. When in 1884 Walter Arthur Copinger published the "History of the Family of Copinger or Coppinger" in the foreword he said:
The main source of Cop(p)ingers has been Ireland and particularly County Cork. There is what appears to be a separate source, in Suffolk, England, however neither we, nor my great grandfather in the late 19th Century, have been able to find any documentary evidence of Copingers in Suffolk prior to 1410, although they appear in Ireland about 100 years earlier. We believe that the name was Anglicized in Ireland prior to a branch of the family settling in Suffolk. We do not believe, but would be happy to receive any expert opinion or proof, that a family whose name was Anglicized in the South West of Ireland would end up exactly the same as a name Anglicized on the East coast of England.
Like many families the Copingers have been of mixed fortune over the centuries and have spread all over the world. The family includes highs and lows such as a wife of a Duke of Norfolk and the infamous "Cruel Copinger The Wrecker". We will leave you to decide which is the high and which the low! The family database, which Elizabeth maintains, currently (December 2004) has about 9700 people in it. Unfortunately they are not all connected to each other so we need your help in connecting people. If you have any information, please do get in contact with us.
If you type two names in the search box, e.g. Dominick Paul, and the Boolean field is set to AND then the search will only find people who have both names. If you set the Boolean field to OR the the same search will return all people called either Dominick, or Paul. You can make the search case sensitive or not by selecting the appropriate case.
It is planned that this web site will continue to grow and provide information for family members and genealogists who are interested in the Cop(p)inger family. We have re-published here the Family History compiled by my great grandfather Walter Arthur Copinger which was published 1884. We have started to make additions to the family history, including a chapter on W. A. Copinger himself and others. We have also started to add some pictures, so following the Contents page there is now a list of illustrations. In this way we hope to update and add to the history on-line as part of our aim to re-publish it in a traditional format.
We have included on the web site updated versions of the four family trees that were included in the 1884 family history:
Pedigree 1 covers the branch of the family that lived at Cloghan and Ballyverine in County Cork and are those covered by Part One of the History.
Pedigree 2 covers the branch of the family who lived at Ballyvolane and Barryscourt, County Cork, and are covered by Part Two of the History. If you are one of the Tennessee Coppinger family descended from Higgins Coppinger this is where it is alleged you fit in. If you have any evidence, please let us have it. We would love to add your 500+ Coppingers to one of the main family trees. As an interim measure we hope to publish the Tenessee family tree here in the near future.
The Family Tree of Part Three of the History is very small and covers the Youghall branch of the family in the 16th & 17th Centuries.
Pedigree 3 covers the Suffolk (mainly Buxhall & Lavenham) & Kent branch of the family included in Part Four of the History.
We have included a page with link to other sites some of which may interest you if you are interested in Cop(p)ingers or genealogy or both.
If you are interested in the Coats of Arms which have been granted to various Cop(p)ingers including those depicted at the top of this page, clicking on any one of them will take you to the chapter in the Family History dedicated to Coats of Arms. Please don't expect to find that any of them belong to you. Coats of Arms were granted to individuals and not to families, so you should know if you have one!
If you have discovered this web site by chance or been pointed towards it because you are a Cop(p)inger or are descended from a Cop(p)inger we would love to hear from you at our e-mail address below.
Please note that this is still a 'work in progress' and if you should come across any missing or incorrect information, or links that don't work, please let us know so that we can make the necessary corrections as soon as possible. Thank you, and we hope that you enjoy your visit.
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This web site is respectfully dedicated to the memory of Colonel Frank Brown, friend, Coppinger cousin and genealogical researcher.