1) The hide of a young or small beast, or a bundle of such hides (OED). In particular it was used of lamb skins, as in the will of a York furrier.

1521 To Robert Newell … a qwhartron of white lame skins. To Thomas Exton a kippe of white lame, York.

places York
dates 1521

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2) A verb meaning to snatch or take hold of.

Probably the first element in this early by-name: 1202-8 Robert Kippekarl, Moreby near Stillingfleet.

dates 1202-1208

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