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What does Harper mean?

Harper Pronunciation of Harper [harp-er] as a girls' name (also used less commonly as boys' name Harper) is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Harper is "harpist, minstrel". The name became famous when Harper Lee published her novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1960).

Associated with: old english, novel (literary).


Creative forms:
(female) Harpen, Harpet, ..

(male) Harphe, ..

Middle name pairings:
Harper Keegan (H.K.), ..

How popular is Harper?

Harper is a rare first name for females but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#226 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Harper was first listed in 1996 and reached its peak rank of #10 in the U.S. in the year 2015. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Harper name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Harper outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Bader, Brier, Easter, Gardner, Gayner, Greer, Grier, Hadee, Hadeel, Hadjar, Hadlea, Hadley, Hadrien, Haeley, Hagar, Haggar, Hagir, Haidee, Hailea, Hailee, Hailey, Hajar, Halea, Haley, Halie, Halle, Halley, Hanae, Hanne, Happy, Harela, Harlea, Harlee, Harleen, Harlene, Harley, Harli, Harlie, Harly, Harpreet, Harrela (see Harela), Harrie, Harriet, Hatsee, Hatsey, Haven, Haydee, Haylea, Haylee, Hayley, Hazel, Hazle, Heather, Hesper, Hespera, Hester, Hether, Hope, Hunter, Mercer, Palmer, Parker, Pepper, Piper, Pyper, Tayler and Walker. These names tend to be more frequently used than Harper.