Last name: Cooper

Amongst the most important of all medieval crafts was that of barrel or tub making. The origin is Anglo Saxon, deriving from the German "kuper" itself a derivative of "kup" - a container. The word being first used in England in the 8th century. Over the centuries the spelling and the later surname became confused with other forms such as Cowper and Copper, which themselves can also describe a maker of metal containers. In these cases the derivation is from the Olde English "coper", itself a "borrowed" word from the Cyprian "cyprium" meaning "bronze". This latter description is confirmation of the trade existing between "Britannica" and the near east before the time of the Christian era. The surname is not surprisingly one of the earliest on record in England, and likewise in America, Walter Cooper being recorded in "The Muster of the Inhabitants of Virginia" as early as 1619, and prior to the arrival of the Mayflower (1620). Early recordings include those of Selide le Copere of Norfolk in 1181, John Copper in the 1424 Friary Rolls of York and Ricardus Cowper, also recorded and Richard Cooper, Ecclesfield, Yorkshire on October 10th 1562. The Coat of Arms is a silver field, charged with three red martlets, a red chief engrailed charged with three gold annulets. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert le Cupere, which was dated 1176, in the Pipe Rolls of Sussex, during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Church Builder", 1154 - 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Cameron Cooper
I don't really know much of my family history but i do know my great great grandfather was a Cooper but he came over here from Ireland married a Scottish woman but somehow ended up in the east midlands! I think its amazing that the Cooper name has such an incredibly diverse history!

cooper
who love their last name cooper!!!!! i do

Jen
I am related to James Fenmore Cooper. The man who wrote "last of the Mohicans"....anyone else?

Johannes
About the Anglo-Saxon origin of the name Cooper, no doubt! I'm from the Saxon speaking part of the Netherlands, and we have people here with the surname "Koeper" which is pronounced "Cooper". In our dialect "Koep" or "Kuup" means a barrel. Barrel-maker was a very common profession from the roman period until as late as the mid 20th century. So it's not surprising this surname's rather common, just like other surnames deriving from common professions.

pauline ann nee cooper
I am the only daughter of the late ronald eric cooper died 1950 i have 2 brothers david and philip cooper we live in sheffield south yorkshire

laura
My g-g-g- grandmother is Anna or Anne Cooper born approx.1812 and died 1890 in Johnstown, Cambria County PA She married Samuel Benson, he built the Somerset County Courthouse approx 1857. They had 5 children Can't find any family connections, does anyone know of her ?? Thanks

dell
its always good to know where your come from and the meaning

Larry Cooper
I traced my Cooper heritage back to my gggggg grandfather David Cooper 1724-1760 his son Joseph Cooper 1760-1843 fought in the New Jersey Militia during the Revolutionary War. I believe David's father's name was William I'm not sure when he arrived in America if anyone has any information my email address is c49lac@hotmail.com

Dean Cooper

I am a Cooper from Newfoundland Canada and I am trying to find out any information i can...I was told that in the late 1700s or early 1800s there was two brothers that moved from Ireland one came to newfoundland and the other went to Boston any information woutld be greatly appreciated

julia

My Grandfather was a COOpEr as My Grandmother was an O'Malley... I find it facinating that we are one the first families here in America....

carys cooper

I live in the UK. my dad is a cooper and my mum is a edmunds ( not married )

uio cooper

i love name cooper

sharon cooper

i love the name cooper i will keep it always even if i ever get married