Although it is probably obvious, my name is Gordon Cooper. I should say, for the record, that I am NOT the famous astronaut Gordo Cooper — whose real name incidentally was Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr. — nor was I named after him. There are a lot of Gordon Coopers out there, but thanks to Leroy we all fall way down the list of results if you were to google the name. Nevertheless, I was fond enough of the name to grab the URL in the late 1990s. Is your name Gordon Cooper? Send me a picture and short history (age, place of birth, occupation, link to your own site/facebook page/whatever) and I’ll post it on this site.
Gordon — Most likely derived from Scottish surname. The origin is debated although possible meanings include “large fortification” or “fertilized pasture” or “from the cornered hill” or “from the marshes.”
Cooper — From an old English surname for someone whose occupation was to make or sell casks or barrels. Derived from the German “kuper” a derivative of “kup” meaning container.