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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


Similar surnames: Tipper, Kipper, Stopper, Ripper, Kopper, Schipper, Kiper, Kieper

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Where is the Skipper family from?

You can see how Skipper families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Skipper family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Skipper families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 19 Skipper families living in Alabama. This was about 25% of all the recorded Skipper's in USA. Alabama had the highest population of Skipper families in 1840.
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What did your Skipper ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Skipper. 25% of Skipper men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Skipper women worked as a Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Skipper were Farm Laborer and Housework. .

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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
    25%
  • Laborer
    22%
  • Farming
    5%
  • Farm Laborer
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Maid
    6%
  • Housework
    6%
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Census Records

There are 52,000 census records available for the last name Skipper. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Skipper census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Skipper. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Skipper. For the veterans among your Skipper ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Skipper lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Skipper life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Skipper in 1944 was 36, and 69 in 2004.

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