Recorded in several forms including Coppock, Coppack, Coppuck and others, this is an English locational surname. It originates from a now "lost" medieval village believed to have been in East Cheshire as the surname is well recorded in the Manchester area. The name originates from the pre 7th century British word "copp" meaning the top of a hill, and the later dialectal "ock" which also has exactly the same meaning. This suggests that the place was inhabited at separate times by two different tribes, the first, the Olde English and later Welsh, perhaps being chased out by later Anglo-Saxons or even Vikings. Locational surnames are usually "from" names, that is to say names given to people after they left their original village to move somewhere else. "Else" could be the next village, but even so to call people after their original home was an easy form of existence. The name is well recorded in the surviving church registers of the county of Cheshire from at least Elizabethan times, and it became perhaps too prominent during the uprising lead by Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745. One of his main supporters in England was Thomas Coppock, apparently of Manchester. He claimed to be the Roman Catholic bishop of Carlisle, and paid for his enthusiasm with his life, being executed by being hung, drawn and quartered at Manchester in 1746.