Cooper Family History

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Cooper Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a maker and repairer of wooden vessels such as barrels, tubs, buckets, casks, and vats, from Middle English couper, cowper (apparently from Middle Dutch kuper, a derivative of kup ‘tub’, ‘container’, which was borrowed independently into English as coop). The prevalence of the surname, its cognates, and equivalents bears witness to the fact that this was one of the chief specialist trades in the Middle Ages throughout Europe. In America, the English name has absorbed some cases of like-sounding cognates and words with similar meaning in other European languages, for example Dutch Kuiper. Jewish (Ashkenazic): Americanized form of Kupfer and Kupper (see Kuper). Dutch: occupational name for a buyer or merchant, Middle Dutch coper.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Hooper, Copper, Boozer, Comer, Booker, Couper, Coomer, Coover

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Cooper Family Origin

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Cooper Family Occupations

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In 1881, Farmer, Labourer and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cooper. The most common Cooper occupation in Canada was Farmer. 30% of Cooper's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Cooper family was Servant.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • School

  • Servant


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Cooper Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 2 million census records available for the last name Cooper. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cooper census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 244,000 immigration records available for the last name Cooper. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 321,000 military records available for the last name Cooper. For the veterans among your Cooper ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cooper Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Cooper life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Cooper in 1940 was 45, and 74 in 2004.

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