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.
The earliest occurrence of the Cooper surname in our family history documents is from 1420, and we currently have 3,548,957 records where Cooper appears.
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Typical jobs for Coopers
Hard-working people, the Coopers. 4095 worked in domestic service, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Coopers lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Cooper in London.
Coopers’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Coopers were angels, apparently. We found 4498 in criminal records.
Coopers in World War I
According to the World War I records, 6063 Coopers served in the First World War.