Meaning and Name Origin
Harper \ha(r)-per\ as a boys' name (also used more widely as girls' name Harper) is pronounced HAR-per. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Harper is "harpist, minstrel". Occupational surname used as first name.
Harper has 1 variant: Harpur.
Harper is an uncommonly occurring given name for men but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#185 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Harper for boys. Harper reached its apex position of #606 in the U.S. in the year 2012, and is at #728 presently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
A recommended similar baby name is Harbert. Like Harper, this name is not frequently used.