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German surname, borrowed from German Kopf (see below). Compare Koepf.

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Kopf (plural Kopfes)

  1. A surname from German.


  • According to the 2010 United States Census, Kopf is the 12775th most common surname in the United States, belonging to 2415 individuals. Kopf is most common among White (94.58%) individuals.

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  • Kopp (colloquial; northern and central Germany)


From Middle High German kopf (drinking vessel), from Old High German kopf, chopf, kupf (mug, bowl, head), from Proto-West Germanic *kopp, from Proto-Germanic *kuppaz (round object, bowl, crown of the head), from Proto-Indo-European *gew- (to turn, bend, arch, curve).

Cognate with German Low German Kopp (head), Dutch kop (head), Saterland Frisian Kop (head), English cop (the crown (of the head); the head).

Alternatively, from or influenced by Late Latin cuppa, probably a form of Latin cūpa (tub) from Proto-Indo-European *kewp- (a hollow), related to English cup, although the form and gender make this derivation less likely.


  • IPA(key): /kɔpf/, [kɔp͡f], [kɔp͡ɸ]
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Kopf m (strong, genitive Kopfes or Kopfs, plural Köpfe)

  1. (anatomy) head
    Er fiel die Treppe hinunter, als sie ihm ein Buch an den Kopf warf.
    He fell down the stairs when she threw a book at his head.
  2. crown, top
  3. heading, title
  4. person; individual; fellow (referring to one's intellect or mentality)
    Er ist ein heller Kopf.
    He's a bright fellow.
    (literally, “He is a bright head.”)
  5. (linguistics) head
  6. (numismatics) heads (side of a coin)




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