The baby name Cooper comes from an English surname that referred to someone who made or repaired barrels. It’s based on a Latin word meaning “cask, vat.”
Here are more than a half dozen impressive people named Cooper:
- Alan Cooper (1952-), American software designer and programmer. Developed the visual programming language used to create Visual Basic.
- Astley P. Cooper (1768-1841), English surgeon and anatomist. First to tie the abdominal aorta to treat aneurysm in 1817.
- Irving S. Cooper (1922-1985), American neurosurgeon.
- Kenneth H. Cooper (1931-), American doctor. Introduced the concept of aerobics in 1968.
- Leon N. Cooper (1930-), American physicist. Co-developed the first microscopic theory of superconductivity in 1957.
- Martin Cooper (1928-), American engineer. Led the team that built the first mobile phone (1972-1973) and made the first public mobile phone call (1973).
- Peter Cooper (1791-1883), American inventor and manufacturer. Designed and built the first steam locomotive in the U.S. in 1830.
- Whina Cooper (1895-1994), Māori leader and activist.
Do you know of any other equally cool people named Cooper?