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Updated May 1, 2024

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Boy name origins & meanings

  • Latin : Cask
  • Old English : Barrel maker

What does Cooper mean and stand for?

The name Cooper is of Old English origin and means "barrel maker." It was originally used a surname for the occupation. Cooper derives from Middle English couper.

Syllables: 2

Boy name variations

How Popular Is The Name Cooper

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : occupational name for a maker and repairer of wooden vessels such as barrels, tubs, buckets, casks, and vats, from Middle English couper, cowper (apparently from Middle Dutch kūper, a derivative of kūp ‘tub’, ‘container’, which was borrowed independently into English as coop). The prevalence of the surname, its cognates, and equivalents bears witness to the fact that this was one of the chief specialist trades in the Middle Ages throughout Europe. In America, the English name has absorbed some cases of like-sounding cognates and words with similar meaning in other European languages, for example Dutch Kuiper.
  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : Americanized form of Kupfer and Kupper (see Kuper).
  • Dutch : occupational name for a buyer or merchant, Middle Dutch coper.

Famous people with this last name

Famous people who gave their babies this name


According to Social Security Administration data, Cooper is slowly on the rise, toggling between the top 90 and top 80 since breaking the top 100 in 2007.

However, it is the 15th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Cooper was at its peak popularity in February 2019.

Cooper was originally an occupational name for barrel makers before becoming a popular given name. Anderson Cooper and Bradley Cooper are perhaps some of the most well-known people with this surname. The name has also been used for fictional characters in Private Practice, Ben 10, and Trolls. Cooper was also chosen for Melissa Rivers' and Dylan Lauren's children.

Where is it Popular?

Cooper was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Cooper

  • Coop
  • Coopy

Pairs well with these middle names


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