"harp player"

Harper Origin and Meaning

The name Harper is a girl's name of English origin meaning "harp player".

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; it entered the Top 10 for the first time in 2015, and has stayed near there since. 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.

# 11 in the US

Harper Rank in US Top 1000

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Harper Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Harper Popularity

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Famous People Named Harper

  • (Nelle) Harper LeeAmerican novelist
  • Harper Renee Henry (b. 2001)daughter of Miss America Heather French Henry and Steve Henry
  • Harper Rhimes (adopted 2002)daughter of screenwriter, producer/director Shonda Rhimes
  • Harper Kelsay (b. 2006)daughter of NFL player Chris Kelsay
  • Harper Spade (b. 2008)daughter of actor David Spade and model Jillian Grace
  • Harper Moon Margaret Vedder (2008)daughter of musician Eddie Vedder
  • Harper Rosie Maguire (b. 2008)daughter of musician Martie Maguire
  • Harper Tillman (b. 2008)daughter of NFL player Travares Tillman
  • Harper Vivienne Ann Lockwood (b. 2008)daughter of singer Lisa Marie Presley; granddaughter of Elvis Presley; twin of brother Finley Aaron
  • Harper Willow Grohl (b. 2009)daughter of American rock musician Dave Grohl
  • Harper Grace BurtkaHarris (b. 2010) daughter of actor Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
  • Harper Renn Smith (b. 2010)daughter of actors Tiffani Thiessen and Brady Smith
  • Harper Reese Hedrick (b. 2010)daughter of speed skater Chad Hedrick
  • Harper Rain Sinclair McGlinchey (b. 2010)daughter of musicians Natalie Bassingthwaite and Cameron McGlinchey
  • Harper Adams (b. 2010)daughter of singer Kristin (Holt) Adams
  • Harper Seven Beckham (b. 2011) daughter of Victoria and David Beckham
  • Harper Hader (b. 2012)daughter of actor Bill Hader and director Maggie Carey
  • Harper Estelle WolfeldGosk (b. 2013), daughter of TV journalists Jenna Wolfe and Stephanie Gosk
  • Harper Marie Kirk (b. 2014)daughter of actress Jenna Fischer
  • Harper Rose Barash (b. 2014)daughter of actors Brandon Barash and Kirsten Storms
  • Harper Foxx Cotchin (b. 2014)daughter of AFL footballer Trent Cotchin
  • Harper Grace Hammer (b. 2014)daughter of actor Armie Hammer
  • Harper Clark (b. 2014)daughter of model Kristy Hinze and James Clark
  • Harper Marie Anderson (b. 2015)daughter of baseball player Brian Anderson
  • Harper Raines (b. 2016)daughter of TV personalities Madison Channing Walls and Tony Raines of "The Real World"
  • Harper Rose Garner (b. 2016)daughter of TV personalities Zoe Hendrix and Alex Garner of "Married at First Sight"
  • Harper May Stefanovic (b. 2020)daughter of Australian television presenter Karl Stefanovic

Harper in Pop Culture

  • Harper Pittcharacter in Tony Kushner's "Angels in America"
  • Harper Finklecharacter on TV's "Wizards of Waverly Place"
  • Harper Weilcharacter on TV's "The Whispers"
  • Harper Whitleycharacter on New Zealand soap "Shortland Street"
  • Harper Connellymain character in a series by Charlaine Harris
  • Harper Pricemain character in "Rebel Belle" by Rachel Hawkins
  • Harper Deancharacter in webcomic "Real Life" by Greg Dean
  • Harper Burkecharacter in film "Things We Lost in the Fire"
  • Harper McIntyrecharacter in The CW's "The 100"
  • Harperthe estranged cousin living in the basement in the game "Ghost of Thornton Hall"
  • Harperone of the main characters of TNT's "Leverage"
  • Harpercharacter in "Minecraft: Story Mode"

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