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Copper Name Meaning

English (Kent and Surrey): occupational name either from Middle English copere a variant of cupere ‘cooper maker or seller of casks buckets and tubs’ found late as copper or from Middle English copper cupper ‘maker of cups and small vessels’ (Old Norse koppari). English: in Sussex and perhaps the adjacent counties probably also a variant of Coppard either from a Middle English (from Old French Middle Dutch or both) personal name Coppard (an extended form of Cop a pet form of Jacob) or perhaps from Middle English cop(e) coppe ‘top head’ + the pejorative suffix -ard perhaps for someone with a large head. Altered form of German Kopper .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Hopper, Cooper, Kopper, Capper, Cropper, Comer, Nopper, Copp, Couper

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Where is the Copper family from?

You can see how Copper families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Copper family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Copper families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 11 Copper families living in Maryland. This was about 22% of all the recorded Copper's in USA. Maryland and 1 other state had the highest population of Copper families in 1840.
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What did your Copper ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Copper. 27% of Copper men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Copper women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Copper were Truck Driver and Waitress. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    27%
  • Farmer
    18%
  • Farm Laborer
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    13%
  • Cook
    13%
  • Housework
    6%
  • Waitress
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Copper. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Copper. For the veterans among your Copper ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Copper lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Copper life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Copper in 1953 was 44, and 77 in 2004.

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