Couper History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Couper is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who 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 Couper family

The surname Couper 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.

Important Dates for the Couper family

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

Couper Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Couper are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Couper include Cooper, Cowper, Couper, Coupar and others.

Early Notables of the Couper 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...
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Migration of the Couper family to Ireland

Some of the Couper 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.

Couper migration to the United States

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Couper or a variant listed above:

Couper Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Walter Couper, who landed in Virginia in 1618 [1]
Couper Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Couper, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1797 [1]
Couper Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Couper, who arrived in New York in 1819 [1]
  • Joseph Couper, who arrived in New York in 1822 [1]

Couper migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Couper Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Emily H Couper, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862
  • James Couper, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862
  • Marin Couper, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862
  • Thornhill Couper, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Couper migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Couper Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • W Couper, who landed in Kapiti, New Zealand in 1837 aboard the ship Samuel Cunnard
  • W Couper, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Peter Couper, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842
  • Mr. John Couper, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Royal Albert" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 6th March 1853 [2]
  • Mr. Robert Couper, (b. 1841), aged 34, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Peter Denny" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 25th November 1875 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Couper (post 1700)

  • William Couper (1850-1886), American entomologist and naturalist
  • William L Couper (1853-1942), American sculptor
  • Scott Couper (b. 1970), Scottish-born, American football player
  • James Hamilton Couper (1794-1866), American planter who at his peak held more than 1,500 slaves
  • Sir James George Couper (b. 1977), 7th Baronet, English peer
  • Sir Robert Nicholas Oliver Couper (1945-2002), 6th Baronet, English peer
  • Sir George Robert Cecil Couper (1898-1975), 5th Baronet, English peer
  • Sir Guy Couper (1889-1973), 4th Baronet, English peer
  • Sir Ramsay George Henry Couper (1855-1949), 3rd Baronet, English peer
  • Sir George Ebenezer Wilson Couper KCSI, CB, CIE (1824-1908), 2nd Baronet, English peer
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Couper family

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Robert Frederick William Couper, aged 29, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 3 [3]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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