Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Hooper Name
Origins of Name:
The surname of Hooper has an Anglo-Saxon, medieval Old English origin, and is derived from a “cooper” who is someone that fitted metal or wooden hoops on wooden casks and barrels. “Hoop” comes from the middle English word, which means a hoop or band. When adding the suffix “-er”, which means “doer” or one who works with or does with, the surname Hooper becomes a descriptive term of one who works with or does some sort of work with hoops. At this time in history, surnames began with the occupation of the actual name bearer, and then became passed down as the generations went on. So this means that the original person to bear the surname Hooper, actually was a hooper, or someone who worked with hoops.
More common variations are:
Hoopper, Hooper, Hoopera, Hoper, Hoopr, Hopper, Hoeper, Hoober, Houper, Hopoer
The first recorded spelling of the surname Hooper was in the year 1228, by Adam le Hoper or Hopere, who was named in the “Close Rolls of Wiltshire” during the reign of King Henry III, who was also known as “The Frenchman” and ruled from the year 1216 to the year 1272. In the 1273 Hundred Rolls of Devonshire, illiam le Houper was noted, and this document was recorded in the Register of the Freemen of the City of York, which was dated in the year 1367. In the year 1444, Ralph Hooper was record in “A Descriptive Catalogue of Ancient Deeds,” in Devonshire. Many notable people bore the Hooper name. Edmund Hooper, who lived from the year 1553 to the year 1621, was the organist of Westminster Abbey from the year 1606 to the year 1621, and was also a gentleman of the chapel in the year 1603. John Hooper, who died in the year 1555, and was a Bishop of Gloucester and Worcester, along with Robert Hooper, who lived from the year 1773 to the year 1835 and received his credentials to practice as a medical doctor in St. Andrews in the year 1805, and became a medical writer whose works were published in the Compendious Medical Dictionary which was published in the year 1798. During The Great Migration, many people bearing the surname Hooper and any of it’s variants, migrated to America, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.
The first recorded person to migrate to America with the Hooper surname was William Hooper, who at just eighteen years of age, embarked from London on the ship named “James” which was bound for New England in July of 1635.
United States 40,236
South Africa 3,160
New Zealand 2,376
Perry Oliver Hooper Sr. (1925-2016) who was the 27th Chief of Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court from the years of 1995 to 2001, and was an American jurist
Rear Admiral Stanford Caldwell Hooper (1884-1955) who was called “The Father of Naval Radio” and was an American radio pioneer
Ben Walter Hooper (1870-1957) who was a Member of Tennessee State House of Representatives from the years 1893 to 1985, and was the Governor of Tennessee from the year 1911 to the year 1915, was also the Candidate for U.S. Senator from Tennessee in 1916, and was an American Republican politician
Beatrice L. Hooper (1894-1974) who was a Member of the Michigan Prohibition Party State Central Committee n 1927, and was a politician from America
Alcaeus Hooper (born in 1859) who was a Candidate for the Presidential Elector for Maryland in the year 1892, and was the Mayor of Baltimore, Maryland from the year 1895 to the year 1897
Adam Y. Hooper, who was a former Postmaster at Whitley Court House, in Indiana, from the year 1850 to the year 1852, and was an American politician
Anna B. Hooper who was a former Delegate to the Republican National Convention from Tennessee in the year 1924, and was a Republican politician from America
Ben W. III Hooper, who was a former Member of the Tennessee State Senate in the 4th District, who was elected in the year 1974, and a Republican politician from America
Captain Joe Ronnie Hooper (1938-1979) who was awarded the American Medal of Honor, and thirty-six other honorable citations for his service in the Vietnam War, an American solider
Chip Hooper (1926-2016) who was an industry agent in the music industry for much of his life, and was from America
Hooper Coat of Arms Meaning
The four main devices (symbols) in the Hooper blazon are the annulet, mullet, boar and tower. The three main tinctures (colors) are gules, or and argent .
The bold red colour on a heraldic shield is known as gules. It has a long history within heraldry, it is known that one of those who besieged the scottish castle of Carlaverock in 1300 was the French knight Euremions de la Brette who had as his arms a simple red shield.. The word gules is thought to come from the Arabic gule, or “red rose” . Later writers associated it with the precious stone ruby and the metal iron , perhaps because of the red glow of iron in the heat of the blacksmith’s forge.
The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa . The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo..
Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) . In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper .
For easy recognition of the items on a coat of arms, and hence the quick identification of the owner, bold simple shapes are best. Hence, simple geometric shapes are often used for this purpose xz`, and the annulet is a good example, being a circular ring of any colour. They also appear interlaced or one within the other, both of which are very pleasing additions. Wade believes that these were one of the symbols of ancient pilgrims.
The heraldic mullet, not to be confused with the fish of that name, is shown as a regular, five pointed star. This was originally, not an astronomical object, but represented the spur on a horseman’s boot, especially when peirced, with a small circular hole in the centre it represents a type of spur known as a “rowel” . A clear example can be found in the arms of Harpendene, argent, a mullet pierced gules. The ancient writer Guillim associated such spurs in gold as belonging to the Knight, and the silver to their esquires . In later years, Wade linked this five pointed star with the true celestial object, the estoile and termed it a “falling star”, symbolising a “divine quality bestowed from above” .
In the middle ages, the wild boar, a far more fearsome creature than its domesticated relative, the pig was a much more commonly seen animal than today. It was also known as a sanglier. It can appear in many of the same poses that we see for the lion, but has its own (easily imagined!) position known as enraged! We should not be surprised then that this “fierce combatant” is said to be associated with the warrior.