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Gender: F Meaning of Harper: "harp player" Origin of Harper: English Harper's Popularity in 2013: #16

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Harper is a red hot name for girls, having jumped an impressive 30 places between 2011 and 2012, a prime example of the trend for using surnames-turned-boys'-names for girls. 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.

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Famous People Named Harper

(Nelle) Harper Lee, American author
Harper Estelle, daughter of Jenna Wolfe
Harper Moon Margaret (2008), daughter of Eddie Vedder
Harper Seven (b. 2011) daughter of Victoria and David Beckham
Harper Grace Burtka-Harris (b. 2010) daughter of Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
Tess Harper, American actress
Harper Rhimes, daughter of screenwriter, producer/director Shonda Rhimes
Harper Renn Smith, daughter of actress Tiffani Thiessen
Harper Vivienne Ann Lockwood, granddaughter of Elvis Presley and daughter of Lisa Marie
Harper Marie Kirk (born 2014), daughter of Jenna Fischer

Pop Culture References for the Name Harper

Harper Pitt, from Tony Kushner's play "Angels in America"
Harper Finkle, character from Disney's "Wizards of Waverly Place"
"Harper's Island," American television miniseries
Evelyn Harper, character in 'Two and a Half Men'
Harper Connelly - protagonist in Charlaine Harris' Harper Connelly mystery series
Harper Price - protagonist of Rebel Belle, YA novel by Rachel Hawkins