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What does the name Harper mean?

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.