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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Kip"per
  1. [Zoöl] A salmon after spawning.
  2. A salmon split open, salted, and dried or smoked; -- so called because salmon after spawning were usually so cured, not being good when fresh.(Scot)

Etymology: D. kippen to hatch, snatch, seize. Cf. Kipe

verb Kip"per
To cure, by splitting, salting, and smoking.
adjective Kip"per
Amorous; also, lively; light-footed; nimble; gay; sprightly.
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  1. Salted and smoked herring
  1. A split, salted and smoked herring.
  2. A salmon after spawning.
  3. (military, RAF World War II code name) A patrol to protect fishing boats in the Irish and North Seas against attack from the air.
  4. (Britain, humorous, often with capital) A member of UKIP (UK Independence Party).

kipper was also found in the following language(s): Estonian

Notable Persons Named Kipper


Kipper was born in 1951.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Kipper


Bob Kipper is a baseball player. Bob was born on July 8th, 1964 in Aurora, Illinois.


Thornton Kipper was a baseball player. Thornton was born on September 27th, 1928 in Bagley, Wisconsin. He breathed his last breath on March 29th, 2006.


Josefin Kipper was an actress. She was most active from 1950 to 1956. Josefin was born on December 27th, 1928 in Vienna. She left this life on August 23rd, 1981.


Lauri Kipper is an athlete for the FC Olympic Tallinn.


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Popularity of Kipper as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kipper U.S.
  White 90.47% 64.26%
  African American 5.54% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.22% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.11% 16.26%

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People with the last name Kipper are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Kipper

  • How Popular is the name Kipper? Kipper is the 37,378th most popular name of all time. As a last name Kipper was the 26,910th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Kipper have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 95 babies born with the first name Kipper in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kipper to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kipper? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1955 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Kipper first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kipper is Thursday, June 26th, 1890.
  • What year had the most people named Kipper born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kipper was in 1976 with a total of 10 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Kipper: Your name in reverse order is Reppik. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Pepikr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kipper? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 902 people with the last name Kipper.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kipper? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Kipper as their last name since less than 1 person in 323k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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).
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