Last name origins & meanings:
- English: occupational name for a maker and repairer of wooden
vessels such as barrels, tubs, buckets, casks, and vats, from Middle
English couper, cowper (apparently from Middle Dutch
kūper, a derivative of kūp ‘tub’, ‘container’,
which was borrowed independently into English as coop). The
prevalence of the surname, its cognates, and equivalents bears witness
to the fact that this was one of the chief specialist trades in the
Middle Ages throughout Europe. In America, the English name has
absorbed some cases of like-sounding cognates and words with similar
meaning in other European languages, for example Dutch Kuiper.
- Jewish (Ashkenazic): Americanized form of Kupfer
and Kupper (see Kuper).
- Dutch: occupational
name for a buyer or merchant, Middle Dutch coper.
Famous people with this last name:
This name appears in the following lists:
Cowboys and Cowgirls,
Rock Kings and Queens,
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