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First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cop
  1. The top of a thing; the head; a crest.(Obs)" Cop they used to call The tops of many hills." [Drayton.]
  2. A conical or conical-ended mass of coiled thread, yarn, or roving, wound upon a spindle, etc.
  3. A tube or quill upon which silk is wound.
  4. [Mil. Arch] Same as Merlon.
  5. A policeman.(Slang)

Etymology: AS. cop; cf. G. kopf head. Cf. Cup Cob

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Uncomplimentary terms for a policeman
  2. Take into custody
  3. Take by theft

From Middle English coppe, from Old English *coppe, as in ātorcoppe (“spider”, literally “venom head”), from Old English copp (“top, summit, head”), from Proto-Germanic *kuppaz (“vault, round vessel, head”), from Proto-Indo-European *gū- (“to bend, curve”). Cognate with Middle Dutch koppe, kobbe (“spider”). More at cobweb.

  1. (obsolete) A spider.

Uncertain. Perhaps from Old English copian (“to plunder; pillage; steal”); or possibly from Middle French caper (“to capture”), from Latin capiō (“to seize, to grasp”); or possibly from Dutch kapen (“to seize, to hijack”), from West Frisian kapia (“to take away”), from Old Frisian kapia (“to buy”). Compare also Middle English copen (“to buy”), from Middle Dutch copen.

Short for copper (“police officer”), itself from cop (“one who cops”) above, in reference to arresting criminals.

  1. (slang, law enforcement) A police officer or prison guard.

Old English cop, copp, from Proto-Germanic *kuppaz (“vault, basin, round object”), from Proto-Indo-European *gu-. Cognate with Dutch kop, German Kopf.

  1. (crafts) The ball of thread wound on to the spindle in a spinning machine.
  2. (obsolete) The top, summit, especially of a hill.
  3. (obsolete) The crown (of the head); also the head itself. [14th-15th c.]
    The stature is bowed down in age, the is depressed.
  4. A tube or quill upon which silk is wound.
  5. (architecture, military) A merlon.

    cop was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Czech, French, Old French, Slovak, and Volapük

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Cop

    Duje Čop is a soccer player for the Málaga CF, GNK Dinamo Zagreb, HNK Cibalia, HNK Hajduk Split, C.D. Nacional, RNK Split, Cagliari Calcio, Croatia national under-17 football team, and Croatia national under-20 football team. Duje was born on February 1st, 1990 in Vinkovci.


    Lady Cop is an important individual.


    Davor Čop is a soccer player for the BŠK Zmaj, HNK Hajduk Split, FK Napredak Kruševac, HNK Cibalia, and Empoli F.C. Davor was born on October 31st, 1958 in Rijeka.


    Matija Cop was an influential individual. Matija was born on January 26th, 1797. They left this life on July 6th, 1835.


    Nicolas Cop was a famous somebody. He left this life in 1540.


    Josip Čop is a soccer player for the NK Varaždin, NK Zagreb, HNK Hajduk Split, SK Sturm Graz, and Yugoslavia national football team. Josip was born on October 14th, 1954 in Varaždin.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Cop U.S.
      White 82.95% 64.26%
      African American 4.17% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 10.98% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Cop

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    Fun Facts about the name Cop

    • How Popular is the name Cop? As a last name Cop was the 73,464th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Cop first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Cop is Saturday, June 1st, 1912.
    • How unique is the name Cop? From 1880 to 2016 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Cop. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Cop: Your name in reverse order is Poc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Cop. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Cop? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 264 people with the last name Cop.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cop? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Cop as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.1m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (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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