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Since the 1980s, Cooper has steadily climbed the charts to become one of the top 100 baby names for boys in the United States. Originally a surname, it doesn't have a glamorous history, but modern versions of the name summon the image of a preppy athletic young man. While Cooper doesn't have many nicknames, it goes well with both trendy and classic middle names for boys.

Meaning of the name Cooper:

English: Barrel maker
Dutch: Buyer or merchant

Origin of the name Cooper:

The baby name Cooper started out as a surname during the Anglo-Saxon period. It was a name given to men who made and repaired barrels.

Symbolism of the name Cooper:

The name Cooper was literally assigned to barrel makers during Anglo-Saxon times. By the early to mid 20th century, thanks to movie star Gary Cooper, the name was often associated with American nostalgia.

baby name Cooper

Style of the name Cooper:

Classic

Gender of the name Cooper:

Cooper is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Cooper:

KOOP-uhr

Number of syllables in the name Cooper:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Cooper:

The name Cooper evokes the image of an all-American boy who is handsome and athletic.

Alternative spellings for the name Cooper:

  • Kooper

Nicknames for the name Cooper:

  • Coop
  • Coo

Popularity of the name Cooper:

The baby name Cooper first made the Social Security Administration's list of the most popular baby names in 1982. It debuted at number 993. Since then, it's climbed in popularity. In 2020, it reached number 74.

Related names for the name Cooper:

Great middle names for Cooper and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Cooper:

  • Cooper Manning (TV host)
  • Cooper Huckabee (actor)
  • Cooper Vuna (professional rugby player)
  • Cooper Kupp (professional football player)
  • Cooper Barnes (actor)

Coopers in popular culture:

  • Cooper Freedman (character on the TV show “Private Practice”)
  • Cooper Daniels (character on the cartoon series “Ben 10”)