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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Skip"per
Senses
  1. One who, or that which, skips.
  2. A young, thoughtless person.
  3. [Zoöl] The saury (Scomberesox saurus).
  4. The cheese maggot. See Cheese fly, under Cheese.
  5. [Zoöl] Any one of numerous species of small butterflies of the family Hesperiadæ; -- so called from their peculiar short, jerking flight.
noun Skip"per
Senses
  1. [Naut] The master of a fishing or small trading vessel; hence, the master, or captain, of any vessel.
  2. A ship boy.(Obs)

Etymology: D. schipper. See Shipper, and Ship

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The naval officer in command of a military ship
  2. An officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship
  3. A student who fails to attend classes
  4. Work as the skipper on a vessel
Wiktionary

From Middle Dutch scipper, from scip, and Middle Low German schipper. Literally 'shipper', compare German Schiff, Schipp, Old Norse skip, English ship, skiff.

  1. (nautical) The master of a ship.
  2. A coach, director, or other leader.
  3. (sports) The captain of a sports team such as football, cricket, rugby or curling.

See skip (verb).

  1. Agent noun of skip: one who skips.
  2. A person who skips, or fails to attend class.
  3. Any of various butterflies of the families Hesperiidae and its subfamily Megathyminae, having a hairy mothlike body, hooked tips on the antennae, and a darting flight pattern.
  4. Any of several marine fishes that often leap above water, especially Cololabis saira, the Pacific saury.
  5. (obsolete) A young, thoughtless person.
  6. The cheese maggot, the larva of a cheese fly, in Piophilidae, which leap to escape predators.

    skipper was also found in the following language(s): French, Italian, Norwegian Bokmål, and Norwegian Nynorsk

    Notable Persons Named Skipper

    Skipper Roberts is a fictional character.

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    Skipper Wise is a jazz fusion, smooth jazz, pop, and alternative rock musician. Skipper was given the name Bernard Louis Wise on March 6th, 1957.

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    Skipper was born on December 1st, 1978 in Oudtshoorn.

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    Skipper Bowles is a politician.

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    Skipper Friday was a baseball player. Skipper was born on October 26th, 1897 in Gastonia, North Carolina. He breathed his last breath on August 25th, 1962.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Skipper

    John was born John Skipper in 12 in Lexington, North Carolina, U.S.

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    Elix Skipper is a wrestler. Elix was born on December 15th, 1967 in Long Island, New York, USA.

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    Susan Skipper is an actor and actress. Susan was given the name Susan Cook on January 27th, 1951 in London.

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    Pat Skipper is an actor, voice acting, and film actor/television actor/voice actor. Pat was given the name William Patterson Skipper in 1958 in Lakeland, Florida, U.S.

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    Alison was born in Orlando, Florida.

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    Kelly was born on July 25th, 1967 in Brawley, California.

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

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1937 6 0 6
    1938 6 0 6
    1939 8 0 8
    1940 6 0 6
    1942 12 0 12
    1943 16 0 16
    1944 11 0 11
    1945 11 0 11
    1946 10 0 10
    1947 17 0 17
    1948 17 0 17
    1949 21 0 21
    1950 22 0 22
    1951 20 0 20
    1952 20 0 20
    1953 19 0 19
    1954 17 0 17
    1955 15 0 15
    1956 20 0 20
    1957 18 0 18
    1958 26 0 26
    1959 26 0 26
    1960 27 0 27
    1961 24 0 24
    1962 33 0 33
    1963 22 0 22
    1964 23 0 23
    1965 23 0 23
    1966 20 0 20
    1967 26 0 26
    1968 14 0 14
    1969 23 0 23
    1970 20 0 20
    1971 19 0 19
    1972 14 0 14
    1973 23 0 23
    1974 18 0 18
    1975 16 0 16
    1976 18 0 18
    1977 20 0 20
    1978 15 0 15
    1979 9 0 9
    1980 9 0 9
    1981 17 0 17
    1982 11 0 11
    1983 7 0 7
    1984 5 0 5
    1985 6 0 6
    1987 5 0 5
    1989 8 0 8
    1990 5 0 5

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    Popularity of Skipper as a last name

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Skipper U.S.
      White 77.29% 64.26%
      African American 18.03% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.42% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.53% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.88% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 1.86% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Skipper

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Skipper

    • How Popular is the name Skipper? Skipper is the 11,929th most popular name of all time. As a last name Skipper was the 3,457th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Skipper have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 824 babies born with the first name Skipper in the United States. That's more than enough people named Skipper to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Skipper? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1937 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
    • When was Skipper first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Skipper is Wednesday, September 16th, 1908.
    • What year had the most people named Skipper born? The highest recorded use of the first name Skipper was in 1962 with a total of 33 babies.
    • Random Skipper Factoid: According to the 1967 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Skipper is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 1967.
    • Weird things about the name Skipper: Your name in reverse order is Reppiks. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Irepspk. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Skipper? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 10,338 people with the last name Skipper.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Skipper? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Skipper as their last name.

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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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