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Ripley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Ripley (Derbyshire Hampshire Surrey Yorkshire). The Hampshire and Surrey placenames derive from Old English ripel rippel ‘strip of land’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’. The Yorkshire placename probably derives from the Anglian tribe name Hrype + Old English lēah. The Derbyshire placename may derive from Old English ripel rippel or the Anglian tribe name Hrype + Old English lēah.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Ridley, Riley, Risley, Willey, Shipley, Tilley, Brimley, Iley

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Where is the Ripley family from?

You can see how Ripley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ripley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ripley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 84 Ripley families living in Massachusetts. This was about 24% of all the recorded Ripley's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Ripley families in 1840.
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What did your Ripley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Ripley. 14% of Ripley men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Ripley women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ripley were Carpenter and Housekeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
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Passenger Lists

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What is the average Ripley lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Ripley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Ripley in 1944 was 26, and 73 in 2004.

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