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Coppenol, now Coppenaal, was a former Mennonite family. Willem Jansz (van) Coppenol, born about 1525, fled in 1579 with his family from Thielt in Flanders, Belgium, to Haarlem, Dutch province of North Holland. He was a Mennonite and likely a cloth merchant. His son Pieter, born about 1550, who was a tailor, was a member of the Waterlander congregation at Haarlem; another son, Willem, born about 1571 at Thielt, was also a member of this church and later at Leiden, where he ran a school, which was attended by Mennonite children. A son of Willem was Lieven Willemsz van Coppenol, born about 1599 at Leiden and after about 1617 living in Amsterdam. He was also a schoolteacher; besides this he was a poet and a well-known calligrapher. He seems to have been a rather rough man; about 1650 he lost his mind. He was well acquainted with Rembrandt, who made three portraits of him (an oil painting of about 1632, now in Kassel, Germany, and of 1658, now in London, and an etching of 1658). On the Dutch island of Goeree-Overflakkee, province of South Holland, the family name Coppenaal is still very common. In the mid-1950s all the bearers of this name belonged to the Reformed Church. They are of Flemish descent; during the 17th and 18th centuries their forefathers were mostly Mennonites.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Coppenol (Coppenaal) family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 29 May 2016.

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 710. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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