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Cooper and Company's premises at 47 Halkett Place

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Origins of surname

The name derives from a maker of barrels or tubs. The origin is Anglo Saxon, deriving from the German kuper itself a derivative of kup - a container. This is one of the oldest English surnames, derived from a word first used in the 8th century. Over the centuries the spelling and the later surname became confused with other forms such as Cowper and Copper, which can also describe a maker of metal containers.

Early records

The name was not included by the compiler of our Comprehensive list of Jersey surnames, despite the fact that it is found in church records as early as 1745. The original immigrants were probably garrison soldiers, as is the case with many surnames which came to Jersey from England.

The first records are the baptism of Jeanne, daughter of John Cooper and Jeanne Gallichan at Trinity in January 1745. The couple's wedding did not take place until D


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