Origin of skinner
- The English meaning of the surname means "one who prepared skins". An alternative Danish meaning of the family name is "Keeper of Robes" or "skins then worn" which also hints at the historical connection to tradespeople who were involved with furs and hides.
- The family surname is occupational in origin. Before becoming used as a surname the word skinner was commonly used to identify someone who treated animal skins.
- skin + -er