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Gender: F Meaning of Harper: "harp player" Origin of Harper: English Harper's Popularity in 2014: #11

Harper is a red hot name for girls, having jumped from obscurity to near the top of the popularity list in less than a decade. Harper is a prime example of the trend of surnames that turn into boys' names and then become girls' names. Harper was rarely heard for either sex before the mid-2000s, entering the girls' list in 2004. (For boys, it was in use until 1906 when it dropped off the scope and didn't reappear until a full century later.)

Harper has been a shooting star in the celebrisphere, chosen first by Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulis, followed by Lisa Marie Presley, David Spade, Dave Grohl, Martie Maguire, Tiffani Thiessen, Bill Hader and Neil Patrick Harris. And since the Beckhams have chosen it for their first daughter, Harper is sure to get even hotter.

It was To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper (born Nelle Harper) Lee who brought this family name into the public consciousness as a female first name with offbeat, boyish southern charm, and it's also a name with a musical bent. Harper has recently been used as a female character name on such hot TV shows as Gossip Girls and The Wizards of Waverly Place.

Famous People Named Harper

(Nelle) Harper Lee, American novelist
Harper Estelle Wolfeld-Gosk (b. 2013), daughter of TV journalists Jenna Wolfe and Stephanie Gosk
Harper Moon Margaret (2008), daughter of musician Eddie Vedder
Harper Seven (b. 2011) daughter of Victoria and David Beckham
Harper Grace Burtka-Harris (b. 2010) daughter of actor Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
Harper Rhimes, daughter of screenwriter, producer/director Shonda Rhimes
Harper Renn Smith, daughter of actors Tiffani Thiessen and Brady Smith
Harper Vivienne Ann Lockwood, granddaughter of Elvis Presley and daughter of Lisa Marie Presley
Harper Marie Kirk (b. 2014), daughter of actress Jenna Fischer
Harper Rain Sinclair McGlinchey, daughter of musicians Natalie Bassingthwaite and Cameron McGlinchey
Harper Kelsay (b. 2006), daughter of NFL player Chris Kelsay
Harper Renee Henry (b. 2001), daughter of Miss America Heather French Henry and Steve Henry
Harper Hader (b. 2012), daughter of actor Bill Hader and director Maggie Carey

Pop Culture References for the name Harper

Harper Pitt, character in Tony Kushner's "Angels in America"
Harper Finkle, character on TV's "Wizards of Waverly Place"
Harper Weil, character on TV's "The Whispers"
Harper Whitley, character on New Zealand soap "Shortland Street"
Harper Connelly, main character in a series by Charlaine Harris
Harper Price, main character in "Rebel Belle" by Rachel Hawkins
Harper Dean, character in webcomic "Real Life" by Greg Dean
Harper Burke, character in film "Things We Lost in the Fire"