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Emily P. Contributor

The name Ripley has made serious gains over the past few years to become a popular choice, especially for girl dogs.

According to Old English, Ripley comes from the word Ripel, which was given to towns or clearings in between stretches of woodland.

This historical context and the reference to forest makes Ripley a very charming and interesting name for pups of all kinds. Especially energetic girls who love to "rip" through the woods!

Traits associated with the name Ripley:

Dogs named Ripley tend to be loving, loyal, good-natured, and brave. This name is also associated with companionship, and intelligence.

What does it say about you to have a dog named Ripley?

Naming your dog Ripley suggests that you are a fan of the Alien movie franchise, and that you admire the character of Ellen Ripley. It also suggests that you are creative and have a sense of humor.

Is Ripley a good dog name?

Ripley has two syllables, which is highly recommended by dog trainers. The name also ends in a vowel sound, so it's easy for dogs to recognize. Ripley isn't one of the most common names, so your dog will certainly stand out. If you love the name, you should pick it!

Popularity: Overall

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Naming your dog Ripley is certainly a thing, but it's one of the more niche choices out there according to our data.

Popularity: Historical Trend

Ripley was, in the past month, the 478th most viewed dog name on

As of May 2024, Ripley is becoming ever more niche with new puppy owners. Our stats suggest that the name is less fashionable than it was at this time last year.

In general, this name has held steady in popularity with visitors.

In the past week, Ripley was viewed 0 times, and liked 4 times.

Popularity: United States

The map below shows Ripley's popularity across the United States, according to PupNames data.

Ripley is most adored in Mississippi, Alabama and Nebraska.

By contrast, the name has been shown the least amount of interest in South Dakota, South Carolina and Massachusetts.

Popularity: Around The World

And this world map shows which countries have the greatest love for the name Ripley.

Most popular breeds named Ripley:

  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. German Shepherd
  3. Boxer
  4. Jack Russell Terrier
  5. Australian Shepherd

Ripley is found in these categories:

nerdy dog names

Alien's protagonist, a sci-fi icon, shares this moniker.

badass dog names

Associations with strong, fearless characters like Ellen Ripley from the Alien franchise.

hunting dog names

Ripley is associated with strength and determination, traits often found in hunting dogs.

cute dog names

Alien-fighting heroine's moniker adds playful, endearing twist to canine appellations.

guard dog names

Alien's protagonist, known for her protective nature, inspired this moniker.

Gangster Dog Names

Echoes tough, rebellious vibes from iconic film "Aliens" protagonist, Ellen Ripley.

cool dog names

Alien-fighting heroine's moniker, exudes strength and adventure for your canine companion.

spotted dog names

Ripley rhymes with dappley, perfect for a pooch with patchy fur!

Dog names like Ripley:

Inspired by Rocky Balboa.
Woodland, clearing.
One who is mischievous; a scamp or vagabond
Ripley dog name meaning

Comments icon Comments (2)

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Hqyley (England, United Kingdom)
My gorgeous Jack Russell is called Ellen Ripley !
February 05, 2022

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Robin (Michigan, United States)
I love our little Ripley girl. ❤️
January 05, 2022

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