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February 8th, 2012 11:31 PM #1Junior Member
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Harper for a boy?
So my partner & I have decided on Harper if we have a boy - baby #2 due in April.
But we've had so many negative comments on how it is a girls name. I was under the impression it was traditionally a boys name, considering i got it off an old Western & it was used for a boy.
Opinions please, does it really sound to much like a girls name? Have you heard of any boys called Harper?
February 8th, 2012 11:51 PM #3
Aww, I love Harper for a boy! I'm sorry you've gotten so much negative feedback on it. I would be absolutely tickled pink to meet a little boy with the name, and I've considered it for my own list many times. I'm actually considering it for a mn right now.
I don't know any boy Harpers personally (or girl Harpers, for that matter), but I saw it used last year on a TV show for the cutest little boy (Detroit 1-8-7), and someone in Hollywood has a son named Harper Edward. I know someone who wants her first two sons to be Addison and Harper, and she really has no qualms about using them even though she knows how popular they are on girls. I also remember someone told me recently they met a little boy named Harper, and they thought it was interesting in a good way. Ohh, I did met a man named Harper just last week, I think, at work. He was an African American man, probably in his early 50s. I was so happy to see it... I mean, they do exist. I'm really sad because I saw an article about a year or two ago (before I joined Nameberry) that predicted the top 25 elite names (http://www.hollywoodlife.com/2011/04...r-ben-affleck/) for each gender, and Harper was on the list for both genders, both around the same spot... I was so excited because I thought maybe Harper had a chance on boys... but it seems like Harper is skyrocketing for the girls and it's fading into Bailey's, Aubrey's, Ashley's, or Shannon's status for the boys.
It ranked 690 for boys last year, and 119 for girls. I think it is usable but it's a really hard scenario. It would be nice if unisex names didn't go this way... there are so many lovely unisex names that would be so charming on boys, but I can understand not wanting people to think your son has a wimpy, girls' name, you know? Sorry if this wasn't very helpful, haha. I would love to use Bailey for a son in the future so I feel like I'm in the same boat. I still haven't decided for myself where I stand, and Bailey is even less popular on boys than Harper is.Lise
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February 9th, 2012 12:00 AM #5Senior Member
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Harper seems like such a handsome name for a little boy, and I love the idea of it. However, the only Harper I know is a little girl, probably four or five. I think it seems unnecessarily masculine for such a sweet little girl, but it is rather popular and would lead me to assume any Harper is a girl.Vote on my list: http://www.babynames.com/namelist/9816413
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February 9th, 2012 01:35 AM #7
I think it depends on where you are. I think there may be some places in the world where Harper is still more popular for a boy? It is traditionally a boy's name from what I understand but it has leaped in popularity for girls. I don't know anyone with the name. If I were to hear the name Harper, I would assume girl. It's most likely top 100 for girls for 2011 and I'm guess in the 600-700 range for boys.
Unfortunately, I think this name has gone to the girls. If that doesn't bother you, go for it!
February 9th, 2012 01:45 AM #9Senior Member
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It's definitely trending girl like the above posters have said. I think the main issues are
1. How common is the name and how people associate it - Harper is trending girl now but people might not be that surprised that a boy could be named Harper if you see what I mean. But if Harper breaks into the top 50 for girls in say 3-5 years time and out of the top 1000 for boys then that scenario could change.
2. How common is the name in your area. It's less of a deal if your son doesn't have to be surrounded by 3 other female Harper's.
If you do go with Harper, I would definitely recommend a more common masculine name.