Kupke Genealogy About 43 Kupkes. Related surnames: KOEPKE (228) KOPEC (120) KOPECKY (70) KOPKE (64) KUPKA (69) KUBICK (46) KEOPKE (33) KEPKA (28) KUBACH (24) HUPKA (23). WikiTree is a free community of genealogists. Kupe was a great chief of Hawaiki (Tahiti), whose father was from Rarotonga, and whose mother was from Rangiatea (Ra‘iatea), where her father lived. These were the three islands over which Kupe’s mana (power) extended. One day Kupe’s fishermen went out with lines and hooks to their traditional fishing grounds. The Kupe family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1880 and 1920. The most Kupe families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there was 1 Kupe family living in Iowa. This was about 50% of all the recorded Kupe's in the USA.