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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cope
  1. A covering for the head.(Obs)
  2. Anything regarded as extended over the head, as the arch or concave of the sky, the roof of a house, the arch over a door."The starry copeof heaven." [Milton.]
  3. An ecclesiastical vestment or cloak, semicircular in form, reaching from the shoulders nearly to the feet, and open in front except at the top, where it is united by a band or clasp. It is worn in processions and on some other occasions."A hundred and sixty priests all in their copes." [Bp. Burnet.]
  4. An ancient tribute due to the lord of the soil, out of the lead mines in Derbyshire, England.
  5. [Founding] The top part of a flask or mold; the outer part of a loam mold.

Etymology: A doublet of cape. See Cape Cap

verb Cope
To form a cope or arch; to bend or arch; to bow.
verb Cope
To pare the beak or talons of (a hawk).
verb Cope
  1. To exchange or barter.(Obs)
  2. To encounter; to meet; to have to do with."Horatio, thou art e'en as just a man As e'er my conversation coped withal." [Shak.]
  3. To enter into or maintain a hostile contest; to struggle; to combat; especially, to strive or contend on equal terms or with success; to match; to equal; -- usually followed by with."Host coped with host, dire was the din of war." [Philips.]"Their generals have not been able to cope with the troops of Athens." [Addison.]

Etymology: OE. copen coupen, to buy, bargain, prob. from D. koopen to buy, orig., to bargain. See Cheap

verb Cope
  1. To bargain for; to buy.(Obs)
  2. To make return for; to requite; to repay.(Obs)"three thousand ducats due unto the Jew, We freely cope your courteous pains withal." [Shak.]
  3. To match one's self against; to meet; to encounter."I love to cope him in these sullen fits." [Shak.]"They say he yesterday coped Hector in the battle, and struck him down." [Shak.]
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A long cloak; worn by a priest or bishop on ceremonial occasions
  2. Brick that is laid sideways at the top of a wall
  3. Succeed in doing, achieving, or producing (something) with the limited or inadequate means available
  1. A surname​.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Cope

Julian Cope is a post-punk, alternative rock, neo-psychedelia, new wave, indie rock, and new wave music singer-songwriter, musician, author, and antiquarian. He plays Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, organ, piano, Mellotron, synthesizer, and Fender Jazz Bass. His ongoing career started in 1978. Julian was given the name Julian David Cope on October 21st, 1957.


Citizen Cope is an alternative rock and soul music musician. He plays Guitar and Vocals. He holds the title Santana ft. Citizen Cope "Sideways". His ongoing career started in 1991. Citizen was given the name Clarence Greenwood on May 20th, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee, United States.


Kenneth Cope is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1954 to 2009. Kenneth was born on April 14th, 1931 in Liverpool.


Edward Drinker Cope was a scientist in the fields of paleontology, zoology, and herpetology. Edward was born on July 28th, 1840 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. He passed away on April 12th, 1897.



O.S.F. Saint Marianne Cope was a saint. She holds the title Virgin, Religious, and Missionary to lepers. O.S.F. was born on January 23rd, 1838 in Heppenheim. She passed away on August 9th, 1918.


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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Cope U.S.
  White 90.50% 64.26%
  African American 4.17% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.55% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.85% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.83% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.10% 16.26%

Of Last Name Cope

People with the last name Cope are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Cope

  • How Popular is the name Cope? Cope is the 41,108th most popular name of all time. As a last name Cope was the 1,964th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Cope have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 74 babies born with the first name Cope in the United States. That's more than enough people named Cope to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Cope? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1998 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Cope first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Cope is Sunday, July 15th, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Cope born? The highest recorded use of the first name Cope was in 2015 with a total of 13 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Cope: Your name in reverse order is Epoc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ceop. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Cope? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 18,410 people with the last name Cope.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cope? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have Cope as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • 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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