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The COWPER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 576 36630 0.000 2
United States (1880 census) 212 18513 0.000 4
Change since 1880 +364 -18117 0 -2
Other Countries
Australia 309 5062 0.002 19
United Kingdom 939 5538 0.002 20
Top States for COWPER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Michigan 122 9332 0.001 12
California 61 32480 0.000 2
Florida 44 31593 0.000 3
North Carolina 34 13988 0.000 4
Ohio 32 33163 0.000 3
Top States for COWPER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Wyoming 8 7513 0.002 16
Michigan 122 9332 0.001 12
Maine 7 14940 0.001 5
Hawaii 6 14582 0.000 5
Vermont 3 19994 0.000 5


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called COWPER live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called COWPER represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called COWPER in Michigan than any other state, but you are more likely to find a COWPER by picking someone at random in Wyoming than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of COWPER

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Occupational Name

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the COWPER surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the COWPER surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of COWPER in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 493 85.59
Black/African American 56 9.72
Mixed Race 17 2.95
White (Hispanic) 8 1.39
Asian/Pacific Less than 100 Insignificant
Native American/Alaskan Less than 100 Insignificant

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the COWPER surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of COWPER in historical publications

COWPER. The old spelling of Cooper. The j)ronunciation of the poet's name, an imnccessarily vexed question, is settled by this identity. Both the earl and the poet sprang from a Sussex family, who in 1495 wrote themselves Cooper.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to COWPER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as COWPER.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for COWPER

The following words are slight variants of COWPER that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.