Coupar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Coupar comes from when its first bearer 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 Coupar family

The surname Coupar 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 Coupar family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coupar 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 Coupar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Coupar Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Coupar include Cooper, Cowper, Couper, Coupar and others.

Early Notables of the Coupar 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 Coupar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Coupar family to Ireland

Some of the Coupar 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.


United States Coupar migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Coupar or a variant listed above:

Coupar Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Coupar, who settled in Virginia in 1606
Coupar Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Coupar, who arrived in America in 1793 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Coupar (post 1700) +

  • Charles Coupar Barrie (1875-1940), 1st Baron Abertay, British Liberal Party Member of Parliament (1918–1940)


  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)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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