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October 13, 2009

One of the oldest English surnames, the name Cooper, like so many others, is based upon a profession. A cooper is a barrel-maker, a job with a long and noble history. There are not so many of them around in the 21st century:  indeed, the Daily Telegraph reported this year on the fears of the last master cooper that the profession would die with him.

The proliferation of coopers in the past, however, have left their mark on the distribution of surnames in the UK, Cooper being one of the top 50 UK surnames recorded on the publicly available electoral roll.

Notable British Coopers include the apparently hapless comic magician Tommy Cooper, the heavyweight boxer Henry Cooper, best remembered for flooring Cassius Clay with a left hook (although he lost the fight and a rematch), and blue-blood politician and author Duff Cooper, who held a number of ministerial and Cabinet posts in the 1930s and 1940s.

Click here to search the UK electoral roll for people called Cooper.

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