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Origin and popularity of the name DIPPER


Dipper : 1: probably mostly a variant of Diaper (from the Anglo-Norman surname d'Ypre) with the vowel shortened in Middle English but some bearers listed below may belong at (2). 2: perhaps in some instances from Middle English dip(p)er recorded as a term for some kind of diving bird (maybe the dabchick or the water ousel now commonly called the dipper) and possibly used of a human diver one who dives to harvest oysters or to mend boats weirs or fishing nets. Compare Diver. Alternatively it might be an unrecorded agent derivative of Middle English dippen ‘to immerse (something)’ possibly therefore an occupational name for a dyer of cloth. For potential medieval bearers in SW and W England see Diaper although none have the tell-tale definite article.


Source : FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England
DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press

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