Last name origins & meanings:
- Americanized spelling of Dutch Kuiper or North German
Keuper, occupational name for a cooper.
- Altered form
of East Prussian Keiper, occupational name for someone who
caught fish in a trap, from an agent derivative of keip ‘fish
- Altered form of German Kaufer
- Jewish (from Poland and Ukraine): metonymic
occupational name for a coppersmith, from central and southeastern
Yiddish kiper ‘copper’. In some instances it may have been
adopted as an ornamental name.
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