Name Harper Origin, meaning, pronunciation & popularity of the name Harper


Harper is a ♀ girl’s name and a ♂ boy’s name. Harper thus belongs to the gender-neutral unisex names.

What is the origin of the name Harper?

Harper is a name for boys and girls, but mostly for girls. Harper was originally an Old English surname belonging to a person who made or played harps.

What does the name Harper mean?

Harper means “harp player” or “someone who plays the harp” (from Old English “hearpe” = harp).

Harper as a name of prominent daughters

There are many celebrities who name their daughters Harper.

  • The most famous example is probably Harper Seven, who was born in 2011 to professional footballer David Beckham and designer Victoria Beckham. Little Harper was already seen as a small child at fashion shows alongside Anna Wintour. The Beckhams’ sons also have unusual first names: Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz.
  • Lisa Marie Presley, the only daughter of the famous singer Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla, also named her baby daughter Harper. Born in 2008, the American girl’s full name is Harper Vivienne Ann Lockwood.
  • Dave Grohl, former drummer of the cult band “Nirvana” and singer of the band he founded “Foo Fighters”, also named his daughter Harper Willow.

Harper as a last name

  • The main characters of the sitcom “Two and a half men” are called with last name Harper. Charlie Harper is the head of the family and lives his life as a daredevil and womanizer. He is played by Charlie Sheen (born 1965). In the series, he lives in Malibu with his neurotic brother Alan Harper, played by Jon Cryer (born 1965), who has had little success with women since his divorce. Alan’s son Jake is also part of the shared apartment. He is with his father on the weekends and mixes up the brothers’ shared apartment. Jake Harper is played by Angus T. Jones (born 1993).
  • Bryce Harper was born in 1992 and is a professional baseball player. He plays for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB) as a right fielder. Bryce Harper is married and has two children.

Pronunciation of Harper

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Popularity of the name Harper

The name Harper is ranked #509 overall.

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