Copperwheat Family Crest / Copperwheat Coat of Arms
This surname of COPPERWHEAT is of the locational group of surnames and meant 'one who came from Cowperthwaite' places in the North of England, especially from counties Cumberland and Westmorland and the Furness portion of Lancashire. Habitation names are derived from names denoting towns, villages, farmsteads or other named places, which include rivers, houses with signs on them, regions, or whole counties. The original bearer of the name who stayed in his area might be known by the name of his farm, or the locality in the parish; someone who moved to another town might be known by the name of his village; while someone who moved to another county could aquire the name of that county or the region from which he originated. COPERWHET (without surname) who was recorded in County Lancashire in the year 1185, appears to be the first of the name on record, and William Couperthwaite of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Most of the European surnames were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name. Other records of the name mention William Copperhert and Magdalen Furnes who were married at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1591, and Beve Cooperwaite and Margaret Crooke were married in London in 1597. Walter Cowperthwaite wed Isabell Townson at St. Mary, Ulverston, in the year 1667, and Edward Cowperthwaite of Cartmell was listed in the Lancashire Wills of Richmond in 1647. James Denney and Sarah Cowperthwaite were married at St. Mary, Ulverston in 1762, and John Stanley and Martha Copperthite wed at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1767. It has long been a matter of doubt when the bearing of coats of arms first became hereditary and it was not until the Crusades that Heraldry came into general use. Men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way.
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