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The Family Name of Cooper
of adding a surname to a person's first name was introduced to Brtain
by the Normans in the 11th century. With the limited number of Christian
names availble at that time, there were often many people with the same
first name living in the same area, so surnames were added for ease of
The most usual method was to add either the father's first name; the person's
occupation; the place of birth or residence, or a nickname.