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Thank you for visiting our Family web site which we have dedicated to our hobby of genealogy. Please take a look at the family tree which spans eleven generations descending from John Coppin, and Abigail of Cardinham, Cornwall who were married circa 1705. The tree contains more than four thousand eight hundred persons and is regularly updated. If you find any discrepancies or have anything to add please let us know.

A Brief History of the Cornish Coppin's .

Cardinham and the Coppin Family
The surname is common enough in eastern England but much rarer in the west, so that it seems probable that all the Cornish Coppins had a common ancestor. In the Cornwall Muster Roll of 1569 (edited by H.L. Douch, Bristol, 1984), which covers the whole county, the surname Coppin appears but once: John Coppyn of Cardenham [sic] is listed as an able archer.

According to C.W. Bardsley (A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames, London, 1901, reprinted Baltimore, 1980) Coppin is an early French equivalent of Italian Coppo, the nickname of Jacob, with diminutive Coppin, as in (for example) Robin. Bardsley then cites several examples of the surname Coppin in the Hundred Rolls of 1273, all from eastern England. Nevertheless, the fact that a great many Celtic (and therefore Cornish) surnames are patronymic lends weight to the theory that the earliest Coppin ancestor was the son of the smaller or younger of two Jacobs. Alternatively, the surname Coppin may derive from Old English copp, meaning a top or head of anything. If so, it may simply mean one who dwelt at or near the summit of a hill (M.A. Lower, Dictionary of Family Names, London, 1860). Since Cardinham lies on the southern edge of the hilly country known as Bodmin Moor, this, too, is a plausible derivation for the Coppin of this booklet. H. Harrison (Surnames of the United Kingdom, London, 1912, reprinted Baltimore, 1969) gives both the Jacob derivation and an extension of the derivation from copp: by adding Old English eng (meadow), he has Coppin as the dweller by the hill-meadow. From copp comes the word Coppin itself, a conical ball of thread on a spindle (Chambers Twentieth Century Dictionary, Edinburgh, 1972), which leads Lower to give Coppin as the source of the surname Coppinger (presumably one who had the care or production of yarn), a suggestion Bardsley (Op. Cit.) found ridiculous, though it cannot entirely be ruled out that the surname Coppin is connected with the spinning of yarn. The earliest documentary evidence of a Coppin holding land in Cardinham dates from 1522. In that year King Henry VIII raised a loan from all landowners, and a John Coppyng is recorded in Cardinham holding land to the value of 10s and goods to the value £4 (Cornwall Military Survey 1522, ed. T.L. Stoate, 1987, p 63). The same figure for goods appears against the name of John Coppyng of Cardinham in 1525 (Cornwall subsidies in the reign of Henry VIII, ed. T.L. Stoate). Almost certainly the same John Coppyng is listed as a tinner 'full harnessed' inhabiting Cardinham in the Tinners Muster Roll of c. 1535 (Cornwall Military Survey 1522, p 171). Coppins are recorded further afield in 1543: Thomas Copan [sic] of the 'Burg de Bodmin' is given a tax assessment £2 on goods, while in 'Bruard' [St Breward], Richard Coppyn's tax assessment is £1 on goods (Cornwall subsidies in the reign of Henry VIII). The earliest will of a Coppin in the Cornwall Calendar of Wills is that of Roger Coppin of Cardynham, proved 1570-1; the will itself is alas lost. The sixteenth-century wills or administrations of two further Coppins from Cardinham are recorded in the calendar, and there are another three from the seventeenth century. There survives an inventory (dated 20 Nov 1637) of the goods of 'Rodger Coppyn, of the title of Cardinham, late deceased', and two copies of an inventory of the goods of Hugh Coppin of the borough of Bodmin, dated 12 Nov 1646. In 1700, administration of the estate of Hugh Coppin the Younger of Cardinham was granted to John Coppin, yeoman of Cardinham (who may well have been the John Coppin, husband of Abigail, who heads our family tree), Hugh Coppin, yeoman of Cardinham, and an illegible name which may have been William Coppin