The meaning of the name “Harper” is: “Harp Player; Harpist or minstrel”.
Additional information: Harper is a unisex name of English origin, meaning ‘Harp Player,’ and is the name of famous American author Harper Lee who wrote To Kill a Mockingbird. Har and Harper are popular diminutives in English speaking countries. Per usual with unisex names Harper transitioned from being a surname to becoming a boy’s name and from there became a girl’s name. The name is most common in English-speaking countries and the spelling ‘Harper’ is often used. Misspellings tend to be reflections on how a person pronounces the name in their given dialect ‘Haper,’ ‘Hatper,’ ‘Happer,’ and ‘Harpur.’
The name Harper has not fallen out of the top hundred names since 2011, but it saw particular popularity during 2012, 2013, and 2014. In 2015 it entered the top 10 most popular girl names, ranking at the 1oth position. The name has seen a climb in usage as a girl’s name. The name’s usage as a boy’s name has seen a steady decline.
Famous people named Harper include Harper Seven Beckham (daughter of English Victoria and David Beckham), Harper Lee (American Author), and Harper Grace (daughter of Actor Neil Patrick Harris). Fictional characters with the name Harper include Harper Connelly of the Harper Connelly Mysteries novels, and Harper Finkle of The Wizards of Waverly Place sitcom. Harper is also the surname of famous American musician Ben Harper.
Author Harper Lee is most famous for her bestselling novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which was published in 1960 and follows the story of Atticus Finch and his young daughter Scout. Her most recent book, which is a sequel to her bestselling novel is Go Set a Watchmen and was released July 14, 2015. Her first novel To Kill a Mockingbird is a part of the English curriculum in many public U.S. schools, furthering its popularity.
Some popular middle names to pair with Harper include Rose, Andrew, and Emilie.
Songs about the name Harper include Harper’s Songs from Ancient Egyptian texts. These songs are about hope in the afterlife, which was a major part of Ancient Egyptian life and culture.
The first thing you should know if you are considering Harper for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Harper is a unisex name, used as a boy name and a girl name.
The name Harper is of English origin, and is used mostly in English speaking countries but also in a few other countries and languages of the world.
If you consider naming your baby Harper we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Harper Name Meaning
The meaning of Harper is “Harp Player; Harpist or minstrel”. Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Harper and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Harper and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Harper is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Name Harper Categories
The name Harper is in the following categories: American Names, English Names, Musical Names, Occupational Names, Surnames Names, Unisex Names. (If you would like to suggest one or more categories for the name, click here). We have plenty of different baby name categories to search for special meanings plus popular and unique names, search our database before choosing but also note that baby name categories designed to help you and not to be an influential factor when choosing a name. Instead, we recommend that you pay a greater attention to the origin and meaning of the name Harper. Read our baby name articles for useful tips regarding baby names and naming your baby. If you are thinking of giving your baby the beautiful name Harper, spread the love and share this with your friends.
Popularity of the Name Harper
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Harper displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Harper Boy Name Popularity Chart
Harper Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
Songs and Videos about the name Harper:
Songs about the name Harper include Harper's song from Ripley Music.
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