Rip name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Rip

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  1. A submission from Canada says the name Rip means "Adventurous, Daring" and is of Dutch origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Rip
A wicker fish basket.

Etymology: Cf. Icel. hrip a box or basket; perhaps akin to E. corb. Cf. Ripier

verb Rip
  1. To divide or separate the parts of, by cutting or tearing; to tear or cut open or off; to tear off or out by violence; as, to rip a garment by cutting the stitches; to rip off the skin of a beast; to rip up a floor; -- commonly used with up open off.
  2. To get by, or as by, cutting or tearing."He 'll rip the fatal secret from her heart." [Granville.]
  3. To tear up for search or disclosure, or for alteration; to search to the bottom; to discover; to disclose; -- usually with up."They ripped up all that had been done from the beginning of the rebellion." [Clarendon.]"For brethern to debate and rip up their falling out in the ear of a common enemy . . . is neither wise nor comely." [Milton.]
  4. To saw (wood) lengthwise of the grain or fiber.

Etymology: Cf. AS. rȳpan, also Sw. repa to ripple flax, D. repelen, G. reffen riffeln, and E. raff raffle. Cf. Raff Ripple of flax

noun Rip
  1. A rent made by ripping, esp. by a seam giving way; a tear; a place torn; laceration.
  2. Etymology: Perh. a corruption of the first syllable of reprobate

    A term applied to a mean, worthless thing or person, as to a scamp, a debauchee, or a prostitute, or a worn-out horse.(Slang)
  3. A body of water made rough by the meeting of opposing tides or currents.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The act of rending or ripping or splitting something ("he gave the envelope a vigorous rip")
  2. A stretch of turbulent water in a river or the sea caused by one current flowing into or across another current
  3. An opening made forcibly as by pulling apart ("there was a rip in his pants")
  4. A dissolute man in fashionable society
  5. Criticize or abuse strongly and violently ("The candidate ripped into his opponent mercilessly")
  6. Tear or be torn violently ("The curtain ripped from top to bottom" and "pull the cooked chicken into strips")
  7. Cut (wood) along the grain
  8. Move precipitously or violently ("The tornado ripped along the coast")
  9. Take without the owner's consent

From Middle English rippen, from earlier ryppen (“to pluck”), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *rupjaną, *ruppōną (compare West Frisian rippe, ripje, roppe, ropje (“to rip”), Dutch dialectal rippen, Low German ruppen, German Low German röpen, German rupfen), intensive of *raupijaną (compare Old English rīpan, rīepan ‘to plunder’, West Frisian rippe ‘to rip, tear’, German raufen 'to rip'), causative of Proto-Indo-European *roub ~ reub- (compare Albanian rrabe ‘maquis’, possibly Latin rubus ‘bramble’), variant of *reup- ‘to break’. More at reave, rob.

  1. A tear (in paper, etc.).
  2. A type of tide or current.
    1. (Australia) A strong outflow of surface water, away from the shore, that returns water from incoming waves.
  3. (slang) A comical, embarrassing, or hypocritical event or action.
  4. (slang) A hit (dose) of marijuana.
  5. (Britain, Eton College) A black mark given for substandard schoolwork.
  6. (slang) Something unfairly expensive, a rip-off.
  7. (computing, slang) Data or audio copied from a CD, DVD, Internet stream, etc. to a hard drive, portable device, etc.
    Some of these CD don't sound very good: what bitrate did you use?
  8. (demoscene, slang) Something ripped off or stolen; plagiarism.

Compare Icelandic hrip, a box or basket; perhaps akin to English corb. Compare ripier.

  1. A wicker basket for fish.

Origin uncertain; perhaps a variant of rep (“reprobate”).

  1. (colloquial, regional, dated) A worthless horse; a nag. [from 18th c.]
  2. (colloquial, regional, dated) An immoral man; a rake, a scoundrel. [from 18th c.]

    rip was also found in the following language(s): Norwegian Bokmål, Tok Pisin, and Westrobothnian

    Notable Persons Named Rip

    Notable Persons Named Rip

    Rip Torn

    Rip Torn is an actor, voice artist, and comedian. He has been prominent since 1956. Rip was given the name Elmore Rudolph Torn, Jr. on February 6th, 1931 in Temple, Texas, U.S. Rip is also known as Elmore Rual Torn, Jr., Rip Torn, Elmore Torn, and Elmore Rudolph Torn.

    Rip Hunter

    Rip Hunter is a comics character.

    Rip Taylor

    Rip Taylor is a comedian. Rip was given the name Charles Elmer Taylor, Jr. on January 13th, 1934 in Washington, D.C., US.

    Rip Rogers

    Rip Rogers is a wrestler. Rip was born on February 8th, 1953 in Seymour, Indiana.

    Rip Esselstyn

    Rip was born in Upstate New York.

    Rip Hawk

    Rip was born on June 6th, 1930 in Indiana. Rip is also known as Evers and Harvey. He passed away on December 22nd, 2012.

    • Rip Van Dam
    • Rip Sawyer
    • Rip Egan
      Baseball Player
    • Rip Radcliff
    • Rip Williams
    • Rip Jordan
      Baseball Player
    • Rip Cannell
    • Rip Reukema
      Wisconsin State Assembly

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Rip

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Rip

    Jimmy Rip

    Arie Rip

    Arie was born on June 13th, 1941.

    Gerald J. Rip

    Gerald J. Rip is a Chief Justice and Tax Court of Canada. Gerald was born in 1940 in Montreal.


    Fun Facts about the name Rip

  1. How Popular is the name Rip? Rip is the 26,689th most popular name of all time.
  2. How many people with the first name Rip have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 215 babies born with the first name Rip in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rip to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  3. What year were 5 or more babies first named Rip? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1938 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  4. When was Rip first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rip is Saturday, May 16th, 1885.
  5. What year had the most people named Rip born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rip was in 1958 with a total of 15 babies.
  6. Weird things about the name Rip: The name spelled backwards is Pir. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Rip. How do you pronounce that?
  7. Rip name meaning

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