Origin:British
Popularity:1917
Meaning:strip of clearing in the woods
Ripley is a gender-neutral name with British origins. The name, Ripley, is an old English word meaning “strip of clearing in the woods”. According to Old English, Ripley derives from the word Ripel which was given to towns—strips of land—in between woodland. You may also recognize the name Ripley from the Alien series of movies that began in 1979 and starred a character called Ellen Ripley.

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