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Keappock


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De Keappock is the name of a Norman family settled in Ireland since the thirteenth century, in the wake of the Norman invasion of 1172. The name Keappock is one of only about ten or twenty Irish surnames which are of toponymic origin. Toponymic surnames are those names which derive their origin from a particular placename near which the initial bearer resided or held land. They take their name from Ceapóg, the Irish topographical name signifying a green plot of land before a house (also called a Dineen). Indeed the prefix "de" signifies "from or of". A common anglicised form is Cappy which is also a townland in the civil parish of Derrybrusk in Co. Fermanagh.

This Ceapóg, from which the family is named, survives today in the townland of Cappocksgreen, comprising 194 acres in the parish of Ardee, barony of Ardee, in County Louth. Cappoge is also the name of a parish comprising 400 acres in the barony of Ardee.

Richard Hadsor, gentleman, was the landlord of Cappock, as it was then called, when he was outlawed as a Jacobite. Stephen and Bartholomew Cappock, gentlemen of Ardee own, were also charged with High Treason as followers of King James II in 1692, by James’ son-in-law William III., also becoming outlawed Jacobites, and forfeiting their property. The name Cappock is very rare even in its homeland Christopher Cappouche, gentleman of Cork, died in 1666. John Coppock or Cappock (d. 1730) was a well to do merchant of Dublin in 1724, with property at Ormond St., Cork St., and Meath St. His family are mentioned in Quaker Wills of Dublin. His wife Sarah Coppock, died 1747 and he had a sister Elizabeth, a daughter Anne and son John Cappock, merchant of Dublin 1762. Patrick Cappock of Rush Dublin, mariner, d. 1813. William Keappock, gent of Dublin 6.1822. Anthony Keappock, Hotel Keeper & Livery Stables, West St, Drogheda, Louth 1824. Alexander Cappagh, Eagrolougher, Loughgall, and Cloven Eden Armagh, fl 1828. The Widow Cappoge, Aughalike, Ramoan, antrim, fl 1833, and John and Patrick Cappoge, Knockbride, Corlattylannan, Cavan fl 1818.

Spellings:
de Ceapóc, Keappock, De Keppoc, Keppock, de Keppock, Kappack, Keppoke, Koppock, Keoppock, Keappack, Kappock, Cappack, Cappage, Cappagh, Cappock, Cappoge, Cappuck, Cappog, Cappoucke, Coppock, Cappy.

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