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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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The surname Cooper was 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.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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...

Another 85 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cooper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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 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
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Cooper Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Semi Cooper, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Richard 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
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Cooper Settlers in 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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Cooper Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Francis Cooper, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • George Cooper, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • James Cooper, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mary Cooper, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Matthew Cooper, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
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Cooper Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Cooper, aged 19, arrived in Canada in 1811
  • John Cooper, aged 26, landed in Red River, Canada in 1811
  • John Cooper, who landed in Canada in 1815
  • James Cooper, who landed in Canada in 1830
  • Humphrey Cooper, who arrived in Canada in 1832
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Cooper Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Mrs. E Cooper, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Cooper Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Cooper, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Thomas Cooper, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Thomas Cooper, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Cooper, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • James Cooper, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
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Cooper Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Cooper landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • H Cooper landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1839
  • D Cooper landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Samuel Cooper landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Cooper landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Catherine Stuart Forbes
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  • Robert E. Cooper Sr. (1920-2016), American jurist, Justice on the Tennessee Supreme Court (1974-1990)
  • George "Buster" Cooper (1929-2016), American jazz trombonist
  • Jerome Cooper (1946-2015), American free jazz drummer
  • 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 (1973–2013)
  • 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)
  • Christopher W. "Chris" Cooper (b. 1951), Academy and Golden Globe Award-winning American film actor
  • Leroy Gordon "Gordo" Cooper Jr. (1927-2004), American astronaut who piloted the final Mercury mission in May of 1963
  • Leon Neil Cooper (b. 1930), American physicist and Nobel prize-winner (Physics, 1972)
  • James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851), American novelist who wrote "The Last of the Mohicans"
  • Frank James Cooper (1901-1961), original name of Gary Cooper, the Academy-Award-winning (twice) American film actor
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Cooper Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Walter Cooper, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Percy Daniel Cooper (1894-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Baby Cooper, Canadian resident from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Master Howard  Cooper (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
  • Master Arthur H.  Cooper (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Mary Ella  Cooper (1877-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Jennie  Cooper (1892-1917), Canadian resident from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
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HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Rex Albert Cooper (1920-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Randwick, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Bertie Cooper (1919-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Auburn, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Reginald Cooper (1918-1941), Australian Stoker from Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Arthur Donald Wilfred Cooper (1923-1941), Australian Stoker 2nd Class from Wheelers Hill, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Alfred Langley Cooper (1919-1941), Australian Leading Stoker from Oakleigh, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. John Cooper (b. 1921), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Doncaster, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. George W Cooper (b. 1912), Italian Ordinary Coder serving for the Royal Navy from Turin, Piedmont, Italy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Geoffrey G Cooper (b. 1919), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Burnley, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Frederick G D Cooper (b. 1912), English Mechanician 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Alan C Cooper (b. 1922), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Stubbington, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Ronald Henry Cooper, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Percy Cooper, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Percy Edward Cooper, British Bandmaster, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Kenneth Cooper, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Gerald H Cooper, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. J H Cooper, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. James Victor Cooper, British Leading Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mrs. Nellie Elizabeth Cooper, American 3rd Class passenger from New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Master Joseph E. Cooper, American 3rd Class passenger from New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Frederick Cooper, English Fourth Baker from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Harry Cooper (d. 1912), aged 26, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. James Edward Cooper (d. 1912), aged 25, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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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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    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. 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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