Skipper Family History
Skipper Name Meaning
English (Norfolk):: occupational name from Middle English skepper skipper ‘basket maker’ an agent derivative of Middle English skipp(e) skepp(e) ‘basket hamper’ (Old Norse skeppa). more rarely an occupational name from Middle English skypper ‘skipper master of a ship’ (Middle Low German Middle Dutch schipper). occasionally perhaps an occupational name from an unrecorded Middle English skipper ‘acrobat or tumbler’ (compare Middle English skip(en) ‘to jump or spring’) but this sense lacks evidence.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press