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Ripley is a unisex name of English origin that became associated with strength and fearlessness thanks to Sigourney Weaver's character in “Alien.” However, this name has been given to boys and girls throughout the British Isles for generations. Ripley is also the name of a city in Surrey, England. Let's tear into the meaning of the name Ripley!

Meaning of the name Ripley:

Old English: Strip of clearing in the woods
Old Norse: Shouting man's meadow

Origin of the name Ripley

Old English. Ripley refers to a strip of land. It can also refer to a meadow.

Symbolism of the name Ripley:

The name Ripley symbolizes a clearing of open space among a wooded landscape. It evokes the freshness and freedom of an emerald meadow.

Style of the name Ripley:


Gender of the name Ripley:

Ripley was originally used as a boy's name. However, it has evolved to become a popular name for girls.

Pronunciation of the name Ripley:


Syllables in the name Ripley:


Emotion evoked from the name Ripley:

The name Ripley evokes feelings of strength and nature. It is a formal, hard-edged name with a playful streak.

Alternative spellings for the name Ripley:

Riplee, Riplei, Ripleigh, Ripli, Riplie

Nicknames for the name Ripley:

Rippa, Rippy, Pip

Popularity of the name Ripley:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Ripley hasn't crept onto the list of the top 1,000 most popular names at any point between 1900 and today.

Related names for the name Ripley:


Great middle names for Ripley and their meanings:

  • Addison (son of Adam)
  • Courtney (short nose)
  • Dove (bird of peace)
  • Drew (wise)
  • Kostas (stable)
  • Oliver: (olive/olive tree)
  • Sage (wise)
  • Shea (wise)
  • Tate (cheerful)

Famous people with the name Ripley:

  • Ripley Parker (daughter of actress Thandie Newton and Ol Parker)
  • Ripley Sobo (American actress)

Ripleys in movies/pop culture:

  • Ripley (Sigourney Weaver's character in “Alien.”)
  • Ripley (circus lion in Amanda Hocking's “The Hollows”)
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