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Gender: Female Meaning of Harper: "harp player" Origin of Harper: English Harper's Popularity in 2017: #11

The name Harper is a girl's name of English origin meaning "harp player". Harper is ranked #11 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Themed Families..".

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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.

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Famous People Named Harper

(Nelle) Harper Lee, American 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 Burtka-Harris (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 Wolfeld-Gosk (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 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"
Frances Harper Wyle (b. 2015), daughter of actor Noah Wyle

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"
Harper McIntyre, character in The CW's "The 100"
Harper, the estranged cousin living in the basement in the game "Ghost of Thornton Hall"
Harper, one of the main characters of TNT's "Leverage"