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Cooper Meaning and Origin

The name Cooper is a unisex name meaning “barrel maker” and is of English origin. Cooper was an English occupational name for a maker and repairer of wooden vessels such as barrels, tubs, buckets, casks, and vats. The name comes from Middle English couper, from Middle Dutch kuper, a derivative of kup ‘tub,’ ‘container,’ borrowed into English as coop. The popularity of the surname, its cognates, and equivalents bear witness that it was one of the chief specialist trades in the Middle Ages in Europe. As a first name, Cooper has become increasingly popular in recent years, particularly in the United States. According to data from the Social Security Administration, Cooper has been one of the top 500 most popular boys’ names in the U.S. since 2009. Famous people with the first name Cooper include Cooper Kupp, an American football player; Cooper Andrews, an actor known for his role in “The Walking Dead”; and Cooper Hefner, the son of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.

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