Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Cooper

Cooper is the transferred use of an English surname derived from an occupation name. In Middle English, the word “cupere” defined a maker of wooden vessels or barrels (from the Middle Low German “kupe” meaning “cask, container”). In medieval England, a “cooper” was essentially a barrel or tub-maker. A dry cooper’s barrels held dry-goods, while the wet cooper’s casks were made to contain liquids. This particular trade dates back to the 8th century, but by the High Middle Ages, the craft of barrel making was vital to the preservation and shipment of dry goods and dairy products. The surname would have been assigned to barrel makers as a form of identification; trade surnames were usually passed down to the son, as well, as long as he followed his father into the same line of work. Not surprisingly, Cooper is one of the oldest surnames in English existence, recorded first as “le Cupere” in 1176 (predating the Domesday Book of 1086). It is also one of the oldest American surnames, having been borne by Walter Cooper, one of the earliest settlers in Virginia (predating the Mayflower). As a masculine given name, Cooper is more-or-less a modern-day, late 20th century invention. Despite its newness as a masculine given name choice, Cooper has already shown great success in Australia, Canada, Scotland and the United States. Maybe we should call him “Coup”-per.

All About the Baby Name – Cooper

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME COOPER

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME COOPER

Cooper’s popularity is most notable in Australia where the name ranked #4 in terms of usage in 2009 (today he’s around the Top 10). No doubt in America, Cooper is definitely on our radar, he’s just not quite as fashionable as he is with our friends down under. Cooper first debuted on the American male naming charts in 1982. It climbed pretty steadily up the charts, but maintained only moderate usage until the mid-2000s. In 2007 Cooper finally landed himself a coveted spot on America’s Top 100 list; although 2010 will probably be his best year ever at #75 on the charts (he’s slipping a tiny bit in popularity right now). Cooper is a non-traditional masculine name that has a certain impish quality and rebellious zest. We’re not quite sure why, though. It’s a cute boy’s name that will likely to be shortened to “Coop” in his adolescent years. It’s just one of those cool-sounding surnames that work equally well as a forename. We should also mention Cooper is a common name for pet dogs (but so is Riley, Bailey and Marley – not necessarily an off-putting issue for most parents).

Quick Facts

ON COOPER

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

84

PRONUNCIATION:

KOOP-ər

SIMPLE MEANING:

Barrel maker

Characteristics

OF COOPER

Multi-talented

Intuitive

Oneness

Idealistic

Philanthropy

Independent

Perfection

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Cooper

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME COOPER

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Cooper

Popular Songs

ON COOPER

Cooper's Lament
a song by Arlo Guthrie

Cooper
a song by the Swedish pop duo Roxette

Famous People

NAMED COOPER

Cooper Smeaton (Hockey Hall of Famer)
Cooper Carlisle (football player)

Children of Famous People

NAMED COOPER

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Cooper

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME COOPER

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Cooper