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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Skin"ner
  1. One who skins.
  2. One who deals in skins, pelts, or hides.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A worker who drives mules
  2. A person who prepares or deals in animal skins
  3. United States psychologist and a leading proponent of behaviorism (1904-1990)
  4. United States actress noted for her one-woman shows (1901-1979)
  5. United States actor (1858-1942)

skin +‎ -er

  1. Someone who skins animals.
  2. A hunting knife used for skinning animals.
  3. One who deals in skins, pelts, or hides.

skinner was also found in the following language(s): Danish and Norwegian Bokmål

Notable Persons Named Skinner

Skinner was born on June 2nd, 1868 in Tonbridge. He left this life on July 5th, 1935.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Skinner

B. F. Skinner was a scientist in the fields of psychology, linguistics, and philosophy. B. was born on March 20th, 1904 in Susquehanna Depot, Pennsylvania. He breathed his last breath on August 18th, 1990.


Dennis Skinner is a for Bolsover, Member of Parliament, forBolsover, and National Executive Committee. His career lasted from 1988 to 1989. Dennis was born on February 11th, 1932 in Clay Cross.


Mike Skinner is a nascar driver.


Frank Skinner is an observational comedy, ribaldry, and musical theatre comedian. Frank was given the name Christopher Graham Collins on January 28th, 1957 in West Bromwich.


Kevin Skinner is a country music, country rock, pop music, and rock music singing, songwriter, and farmer. He plays Guitar and Vocals. He was most prominent from 2009 to present. Kevin was given the name Patrick Kevin Skinner on February 25th, 1974 in McCracken County, Kentucky.


Claire Skinner is an actor and actress. Her ongoing career started in 1989. Claire was given the name Lauren Claire Skinner in 1965 in Hemel Hempstead.


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Popularity of Skinner as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Skinner U.S.
  White 79.34% 64.26%
  African American 15.03% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.48% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.66% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.96% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.53% 16.26%

Of Last Name Skinner

People with the last name Skinner are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Skinner

  • How Popular is the name Skinner? As a last name Skinner was the 627th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Skinner first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Skinner is Thursday, August 10th, 1893.
  • How unique is the name Skinner? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Skinner. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Skinner: Your name in reverse order is Renniks. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Enrikns. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Skinner? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 54,046 people with the last name Skinner.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Skinner? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 18 of them will have Skinner as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (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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