What does Rip mean?
Rip \rip\ as a boys' name. Invented name made famous by actor Rip Torn, who was originally called Elmore. Rip van Winkle is the famous fictitious man who slept for twenty years in Washington Irving's tale.
For more information, see also the related boy name Robert.
Rip is an uncommonly occurring first name for men and an unusual last name too for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Below is a charted comparison of the usage of the boy name Rip and related names. Robert (#61 a year ago) is the only popular varying form of Rip (#unlisted) ranked in the Top 1000. Adoption of this boy name was at its peak during 1930-1939 and has become much less since. (2014 Birth Statistics)