Why The Name?

A family name for a family business

Charles Cooper King, born in England in 1843 and Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal Marine Artillery, was Chris’s great-great-grandfather. In 1885 he documented the Cooper King family history in beautiful and painstakingly handwritten volumes, tracing the family to almost every English county. His earliest known ancestors, dating back to 1030, were the Pigot family of Yorkshire, whose shield can still be seen today throughout Ripon Cathedral.

Drawing from the Cooper King family records

Drawing from the Cooper King family records

The Pigot shield in Ripon Cathedral

The Pigot shield in Ripon Cathedral

Drawing from the Cooper King family records

Drawing from the Cooper King family records

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We felt that our family business should have a family name. Given the rich historical ties to England and Yorkshire and the reference to a barrel-maker, Cooper King fitted perfectly. It was not without its problems, however. We had to seek permission from the Cabinet Office to use the word ‘King’ in our company name! Fortunately, the family history volumes were excellent proof that we had a genuine claim to the name and we were granted permission to use it.

For more information on the origins of the Cooper King name, read our blog here.