Last name origins & meanings:
- North German (also Küper): occupational name for a
cooper, from Middle Low German kuper ‘cooper’.
German: nickname for a sulky person, from Swiss German kupen
‘to sulk’, ‘to pout’.
- Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): from
Yiddish kuper ‘copper’ (or a Yiddishized form of German
Kupfer), hence a metonymic occupational name for a coppersmith
or an ornamental name.
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