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Origins of the Cooper surname

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What does the name Cooper mean?

The Cooper surname has two prominent points of origin. Firstly and most commonly it is English (where it is the 35th most prevalent surname in the country) and derives from the occupation of a cooper (barrelmaker), as this was a common profession it arose seperately in many parts of the country. Secondly, the surname Cooper can be geographic and relate to those from the town of Cupar in Fife, Scotland, where it has been seen since the 1200s.

Alternative variations of the name Cooper

Cooper, Coupar, Couper, Cowper, Cupar

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Where do most Coopers live?

In 1921, most Coopers lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Coopers

How common is your surname?

28th most common surname in the UK

We have 759,000 records for the Cooper surname. The oldest one dates back to 1220.

Who were Coopers most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Cooper first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Coopers

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Coopers in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


Cotton Weaver


Common Male occupations for Coopers in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


Coal Miner


General Labourer




Farm Labourer


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