Cooper

First Name
78k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Cooper

"Cooper" is a name of English origin, and it means "Barrel Maker". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Coop"er
One who makes barrels, hogsheads, casks, etc.

Etymology: From Coop

verb Coop"er
To do the work of a cooper upon; as, to cooper a cask or barrel.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A craftsman who makes or repairs wooden barrels or tubs
  2. United States novelist noted for his stories of American Indians and the frontier life (1789-1851)
  3. United States film actor noted for his portrayals of strong silent heroes (1901-1961)
  4. United States industrialist who built the first American locomotive; founded Cooper Union in New York City to offer free courses in the arts and sciences (1791-1883)
  5. Make barrels and casks
Wiktionary
  1. An English occupational surname​ derived from cooper.
  2. A male given name, transferred from the surname.

Cooper was also found in the following language(s): Translingual

Notable Persons Named Cooper

Cooper was born as the child of Archie Manning on March 6th, 1974 in New Orleans.

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Cooper Cronk is a rugby player.

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Cooper Kupp is a football player. Cooper was born on June 15th, 1993 in Yakima, Washington.

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Cooper Freedman is a pediatrician at seaside health & wellness, pediatrician at oceanside wellness group, and pediatrics.

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Cooper Rush is a football player. Cooper was born in Charlotte, Michigan.

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Cooper Huckabee is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1976 to 1976. Cooper was given the name Thomas Cooper Huckabee on May 8th, 1951 in Mobile, Alabama, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Cooper

Bradley Cooper is an actor and producer. He was most prominent from 1999 to present. Bradley was given the name Bradley Charles Cooper on January 5th, 1975 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Anderson Cooper is a broadcast journalist, author, talk show host, and game show host. He has had major accomplishments since 1990. Anderson was given the name Anderson Hays Cooper by his parents Gloria Vanderbilt and Wyatt Emory Cooper on June 3rd, 1967 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Dominic Cooper is an actor. He has been prominent since 1995. Dominic was given the name Dominic Edward Cooper on June 2nd, 1978 in Greenwich. Dominic is also known as Cooper and Dominic Edward (birth name).

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Alice Cooper is a hard rock, heavy metal music, shock rock, and glam rock musician. He plays Vocals. He was most active from 1963 to present. Alice was given the name Vincent Damon Furnier on February 4th, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan, US.

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D. B. Cooper is an unknown. D. is also known as Dan Cooper.

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Gary Cooper was an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1925 to present. Gary was given the name Frank James Cooper on May 7th, 1901 in Helena, Montana, U.S. Gary is also known as Coop. He breathed his last breath on May 13th, 1961.

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How popular is the baby name Cooper in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1882 6 0 6
1885 8 0 8
1886 6 0 6
1887 5 0 5
1889 5 0 5
1894 5 0 5
1895 5 0 5
1896 5 0 5
1898 6 0 6
1900 6 0 6
1905 5 0 5
1909 9 0 9
1910 10 0 10
1911 10 0 10
1912 20 0 20
1913 12 0 12
1914 10 0 10
1915 18 0 18
1916 20 0 20
1917 15 0 15
1918 25 0 25
1919 23 0 23
1920 20 0 20
1921 18 0 18
1922 19 0 19
1923 16 0 16
1924 16 0 16
1925 17 0 17
1926 19 0 19
1927 16 0 16
1928 9 0 9
1929 22 0 22
1930 16 0 16
1931 11 0 11
1932 11 0 11
1933 10 0 10
1934 11 0 11
1935 16 0 16
1936 18 0 18
1937 9 0 9
1938 20 0 20
1939 13 0 13
1940 9 0 9
1941 12 0 12
1942 12 0 12
1943 8 0 8
1944 10 0 10
1945 14 0 14
1946 19 0 19
1947 14 0 14
1948 10 0 10
1949 9 0 9
1950 5 0 5
1951 21 0 21
1952 10 0 10
1953 16 0 16
1954 12 0 12
1955 17 0 17
1956 14 0 14
1957 10 0 10
1958 7 0 7
1959 8 0 8
1960 13 0 13
1961 14 0 14
1962 8 0 8
1963 18 0 18
1964 30 0 30
1965 26 0 26
1966 15 0 15
1967 7 0 7
1968 13 0 13
1969 12 0 12
1970 19 0 19
1971 21 0 21
1972 14 0 14
1973 17 0 17
1974 25 0 25
1975 22 0 22
1976 21 0 21
1977 29 0 29
1978 24 0 24
1979 49 0 49
1980 52 0 52
1981 52 0 52
1982 82 0 82
1983 71 0 71
1984 90 0 90
1985 116 7 109
1986 105 0 105
1987 136 0 136
1988 157 13 144
1989 173 0 173
1990 222 14 208
1991 274 7 267
1992 360 11 349
1993 430 5 425
1994 542 24 518
1995 650 18 632
1996 688 21 667
1997 864 25 839
1998 1,197 20 1,177
1999 1,211 21 1,190
2000 1,431 26 1,405
2001 1,828 26 1,802
2002 1,964 33 1,931
2003 2,412 44 2,368
2004 3,128 83 3,045
2005 3,460 68 3,392
2006 3,815 68 3,747
2007 4,719 100 4,619 #96 boy name
2008 5,168 122 5,046 #92 boy name
2009 5,147 75 5,072 #84 boy name
2010 5,340 85 5,255 #75 boy name
2011 5,284 108 5,176 #82 boy name
2012 5,294 103 5,191 #83 boy name
2013 4,994 107 4,887 #84 boy name
2014 4,955 122 4,833 #86 boy name
2015 5,367 110 5,257 #77 boy name
2016 5,073 122 4,951 #79 boy name

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Popularity of Cooper as a first name

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Popularity of Cooper as a last name

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Common last names for Cooper

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Cooper U.S.
  White 67.93% 64.26%
  African American 26.13% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.50% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.74% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.31% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.40% 16.26%

Of Last Name Cooper

People with the last name Cooper are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Cooper

  • How Popular is the name Cooper? Cooper is the 756th most popular name of all time. In 2016 Cooper was the 79th most popular name. As a last name Cooper was the 70th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Cooper have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 78,026 babies born with the first name Cooper in the United States. That's more than enough people named Cooper to occupy the country of Dominica with an estimated population of 71,293 (as of May 14, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Cooper? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Cooper first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Cooper is Thursday, September 1st, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Cooper born? The highest recorded use of the first name Cooper was in 2015 with a total of 5,257 babies. That's a lot of babies named Cooper!
  • Random Cooper Factoid: According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Cooper ranks 103rd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Rhode Island. Imagine that, 13 babies in Rhode Island have the same name as you in 2014.
  • Weird things about the name Cooper: Your name in reverse order is Repooc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oorpec. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Cooper? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 280,791 people with the last name Cooper.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cooper? Cooper was ranked as the 70th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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