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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Chip mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Chip

"Chip" is a name of English origin, and it means "Diminutive form of Charles". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Chip
Senses
  1. To cut small pieces from; to diminish or reduce to shape, by cutting away a little at a time; to hew.
  2. To break or crack, or crack off a portion of, as of an eggshell in hatching, or a piece of crockery.
  3. To bet, as with chips in the game of poker.

Etymology: Cf. G. kippen to cut off the edge, to clip, pare. Cf. Chop to cut

verb Chip
To break or fly off in small pieces.
noun Chip
Senses
  1. A piece of wood, stone, or other substance, separated by an ax, chisel, or cutting instrument.
  2. A fragment or piece broken off; a small piece.
  3. Wood or Cuban palm leaf split into slips, or straw plaited in a special manner, for making hats or bonnets.
  4. Anything dried up, withered, or without flavor; -- used contemptuously.
  5. One of the counters used in poker and other games.
  6. [Naut] The triangular piece of wood attached to the log line.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The act of chipping something
  2. (golf) a low running approach shot
  3. Electronic equipment consisting of a small crystal of a silicon semiconductor fabricated to carry out a number of electronic functions in an integrated circuit
  4. A small disk-shaped counter used to represent money when gambling
  5. A triangular wooden float attached to the end of a log line
  6. A mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something
  7. A thin crisp slice of potato fried in deep fat
  8. A small fragment of something broken off from the whole
  9. A piece of dried bovine dung
  10. Cut a nick into
  11. Break a small piece off from ("chip the glass" and "chip a tooth")
  12. Break off (a piece from a whole) ("Her tooth chipped")
  13. Form by chipping ("They chipped their names in the stone")
  14. Play a chip shot
Wiktionary
  1. A diminutive of the male given names Christopher and Charles.

Notable Persons Named Chip

Chip Kelly is an athlete. Chip was born on November 25th, 1963 in Dover, New Hampshire.

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Chip is a grime and grime music rapping and songwriter. His most notable accomplishments were from 2004 to present. Chip was given the name Jahmaal Fyffe on November 26th, 1990 in Tottenham. Chip is also known as Chipmunk and Chip.

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Chip 'n' Dale is a fictional character. Chip is also known as The Lone Chipmunks, The Rescue Rangers, and Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers.

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Chip Taylor is a country music singer-songwriter. He was most prominent from 1960 to present. Chip was given the name James Wesley Voight on March 21st, 1940.

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Chip Wilson is a founder of lululemon athletica, lululemon athletica, and founder oflululemon athletica. Chip was given the name Dennis J. Wilson in 1956 in Vancouver. Chip is also known as Wilson and Dennis J..

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Chip Rosenbloom is a los angeles rams co-owner/vice-chairman, director, documentary/feature filmmaker, entrepreneur, los angeles rams, and los angeles ramsco-owner/vice-chairman. Chip was given the name Dale Rosenbloom by his parents Georgia Frontiere and Carroll Rosenbloom on July 3rd, 1964. Chip is also known as Rosenbloom and Dale.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Chip

Chip is a grime and grime music rapping and songwriter. His most notable accomplishments were from 2004 to present. Chip was given the name Jahmaal Fyffe on November 26th, 1990 in Tottenham. Chip is also known as Chipmunk and Chip.

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King Chip is a hip hop music and experimental hip hop rapping. He has had major accomplishments since 2002. King was given the name Charles Worth on October 20th, 1986. King is also known as Chip tha Ripper.

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Firebreaker Chip is a wrestler. Firebreaker was born on January 20th, 1963 in Charlotte, North Carolina, US.

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George was born on August 25th, 1888 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He breathed his last breath on November 8th, 1960.

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How popular is the baby name Chip in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1942 6 0 6
1944 12 0 12
1945 17 0 17
1946 22 0 22
1947 29 0 29
1948 23 0 23
1949 29 0 29
1950 35 0 35
1951 33 0 33
1952 48 0 48
1953 62 0 62
1954 72 0 72
1955 94 0 94
1956 111 0 111
1957 96 0 96
1958 93 0 93
1959 138 0 138
1960 133 0 133
1961 164 0 164
1962 170 0 170
1963 171 0 171
1964 162 0 162
1965 109 0 109
1966 84 0 84
1967 75 0 75
1968 76 0 76
1969 84 0 84
1970 91 0 91
1971 83 0 83
1972 57 0 57
1973 55 0 55
1974 41 0 41
1975 29 0 29
1976 38 0 38
1977 53 0 53
1978 76 0 76
1979 42 0 42
1980 47 0 47
1981 36 0 36
1982 27 0 27
1983 30 0 30
1984 26 0 26
1985 25 0 25
1986 14 0 14
1987 17 0 17
1988 31 0 31
1989 20 0 20
1990 14 0 14
1991 13 0 13
1992 8 0 8
1993 10 0 10
1994 7 0 7
1995 5 0 5
1996 9 0 9
1997 7 0 7
2001 6 0 6
2002 7 0 7
2003 5 0 5
2005 5 0 5
2006 6 0 6
2007 8 0 8
2008 5 0 5
2009 6 0 6
2011 6 0 6
2013 7 0 7
2014 8 0 8
2015 14 0 14
2016 16 0 16
2017 34 0 34

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Popularity of Chip as a first name

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Popularity of Chip as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Chip U.S.
  White 39.39% 64.26%
  African American 4.24% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 23.03% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.64% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 29.70% 16.26%

Of Last Name Chip

People with the last name Chip are most frequently White, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Chip

  • How Popular is the name Chip? Chip is the 5,025th most popular name of all time. As a last name Chip was the 107,669th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Chip have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,192 babies born with the first name Chip in the United States. That's more than enough people named Chip to occupy the territory of Falkland Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 3,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Chip? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1942 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Chip first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Chip is Thursday, January 18th, 1883.
  • What year had the most people named Chip born? The highest recorded use of the first name Chip was in 1963 with a total of 171 babies.
  • Random Chip Factoid: According to the 1960 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Chip is not a popular baby boy's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name as you in 1960.
  • Weird things about the name Chip: Your name in reverse order is Pihc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Chip. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Chip? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 165 people with the last name Chip.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Chip? Chip is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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