Coopar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The many generations and branches of the Coopar family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as 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.

Early Origins of the Coopar family

The surname Coopar was first found in Sussex but the name is "distributed over the greater part of England, but rare or absent in the northern and south - western counties. It seems to have three principal centres, one in the northern midlands, including Cheshire, another in Sussex and Hants, and a third in Suffolk. The counties especially notable for Coopers are Cheshire, Derbyshire, Hants, Leicestershire and Rutland, Notts, Suffolk, Sussex, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire." [1]

The Pipe Rolls include some of the earliest records of the family: Robert (le) Cupere for Surrey (1176-7); ? le Cupers, Norfolk in 1181-2. [2]

Early History of the Coopar family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coopar research. Another 131 words (9 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 Coopar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Coopar Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Coopar were recorded, including Cooper, Cowper, Couper, Coupar and others.

Early Notables of the Coopar family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir John Cooper (1552-1610), English politician, Member of Parliament for Whitchurch in 1586; Sir John Cooper, 1st Baronet (died 1631), an English landowner and politician; Samuel Cooper (1609-1672), an English miniature painter; Alexander Cooper (1609-1660), an English Baroque miniature painter; Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury PC (1621-1683), an English politician during the Interregnum, a founder of the Whig...
Another 68 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coopar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Coopar family to Ireland

Some of the Coopar family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Coopar family

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Coopar family emigrate to North America: Alexander Cooper who settled in New England in 1651; Edward Cooper settled in Virginia in 1638; George in Barbados in 1663; Thomas Cowper settled in Virginia in 1620.



  1. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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