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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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Where did the English Cooper family come from? What is the English Cooper family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cooper family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cooper family history?

Cooper is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a cooper, a person who made and repaired barrels, casks, and buckets. It was a trade highly valued in the Middle Ages, as the construction or waterproof containers was no easy task with the tools of the time.

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One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Cooper has appeared include Cooper, Cowper, Couper, Coupar and others.

First found in Sussex where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cooper research. Another 261 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1731, 1800, 1552, 1610, 1586, 1631, 1609, 1672, 1609, 1660, 1621, 1683, 1626, 1689, 1608, 1659, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Cooper History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 255 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cooper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Cooper family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 161 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Cooper arrived in North America very early:

Cooper Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Justinian Cooper, who arrived in Virginia in 1618
  • Humility Cooper, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620
  • Tho. Cooper, who arrived in Maryland in 1633
  • Jo Cooper, aged 20, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Jon Cooper, who arrived in Virginia in 1635


Cooper Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Semi Cooper, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Richd Cooper, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Esther Cooper, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Hannah Cooper, who landed in Virginia in 1726
  • Boice Cooper, who landed in New England in 1740


Cooper Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas, Cooper Jr., who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1800
  • William, Cooper Jr., who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Robert Cooper, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1810
  • Mrs. Cooper, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Allan Cooper, aged 37, landed in New York in 1812


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  • James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851), American novelist who wrote "The Last of the Mohicans"
  • Leon Neil Cooper (b. 1930), American physicist and Nobel prize-winner (Physics, 1972)
  • Leroy Gordon "Gordo" Cooper Jr. (1927-2004), American astronaut who piloted the final Mercury mission in May of 1963
  • Gary Cooper (1901-1961), Academy Award-winning American actor
  • Frank James Cooper (1901-1961), original name of Gary Cooper, the Academy-Award-winning (twice) American film actor
  • Frederic Taber Cooper (1864-1937), American editor and writer and an associate professor of Latin and Sanskrit at New York University until 1902
  • Christopher W. "Chris" Cooper (b. 1951), Academy and Golden Globe Award-winning American film actor
  • Jackie Cooper (1922-2011), American actor, television director, producer and executive and the youngest performer to have been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role (1931)
  • Wilma Jeanne Cooper (1928-2013), American Emmy Award winning actress, best known for her role as Katherine Chancellor on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless (19732013)
  • Sir Alfred Duff Cooper (1890-1954), English politician

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  • A Confederate Soldier and His Descendants by Norman Lee Cooper.
  • Cooper Family History, 1730-1982 by Thomas R. Bryan.
  • The Cooper Family of Maryland by F. William Cooper Gateway Press 1972.
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  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Cooper Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cooper Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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