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 azure. On a bend gules a tower between two gold estoiles. 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.