Cooper family crest
Colors on the Cooper family crest explained
Argent (silver) - symbolizes peacefulness and sincerity, two values that mattered most to the Coopers.
Gules (red) - represents martyrdom and the historic military strength of the Cooper family in war times.
Or (Gold) - represents the historical generosity of this ancient family.
Symbols on the Cooper family crest explained
The Chevron shape - symbolizes the historical Cooper family home, the importance of home for family members through the years and the safety this provides.
Ermine background pattern - represents purity and a mark of dignity and social standing.
The laurel wreath and leaves - in ancient times was used as a symbol of victory and achievement. In this case, likely symbolising early Cooper family members achievement in battle or service to others.
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Origins of the Cooper family name
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Summary of the Cooper family and the Cooper family crest
- The name Cooper is derived from the Middle English word "couper", meaning "maker of barrels".
- The origin of the name is believed to have been Norman.
- The first recorded use of the name Cooper was in England in 1248.
- The first recording of a family member happened when a man named Robert le Coupere was recorded in the County of Essex.
- The Cooper family is one of the oldest families in America, with the first recorded Cooper ancestor arriving in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630.
- The Cooper family name was first found in County Durham, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say even before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
- The Cooper clan is also a Scottish clan, associated with the Scottish Borders region.
- The first Cooper family members in America are believed to have arrived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 1630s.
- The Cooper name is particularly associated with the city of Philadelphia in the United States, where Benjamin Cooper founded the first bank in 1792.
- The Cooper family were also amongst the first settlers in Australia, arriving in Sydney in 1788.
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