Harper Name Meaning

Harper has it all when it comes to naming trends, hitting each without missing a beat. Its unisex flexibility is on par with Riley and Quinn while its surname vibes work well with Parker and Madison. It completes the trifecta by being an occupational name like Sailor. There’s little surprise that it’s today’s Taylor, strutting its stuff and taking birth announcements by storm as it rises in popularity.

A little Harper is a fashionista, easily filling the kitten heels left behind by names like Tiffany and Amber. She’s also right at home beside her musical sisters Melody and Harmony. She’s decidedly British yet effortlessly crosses the pond like Charlotte and Piper. With her versatility and undeniable class, Harper is destined to stand out whether she’s gracing the pages of Vogue or overseeing a case in front of a courtroom. Harper has a lot to love in six short letters. Bold and brave yet somehow subtle and sweet, Harper is sure to keep parents’ hearts aflutter.

Harper also has a literary great in her history in Harper Lee, the author of To Kill A Mockingbird. The name would be a subtle nod to literature without being super obvious like Hemingway or Poe.

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Harper Name Popularity

How popular is the name Harper? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Harper was the 9th most popular girls name, representing 0.7702% of girl births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Harper has been the 394th most popular girls name, representing 0.0535% of girl births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 0 0%
1911 0 0%
1912 0 0%
1913 0 0%
1914 0 0%
1915 0 0%
1916 0 0%
1917 0 0%
1918 0 0%
1919 0 0%
1920 0 0%
1921 0 0%
1922 0 0%
1923 0 0%
1924 0 0%
1925 0 0%
1926 0 0%
1927 0 0%
1928 0 0%
1929 0 0%
1930 0 0%
1931 0 0%
1932 0 0%
1933 0 0%
1934 0 0%
1935 0 0%
1936 0 0%
1937 0 0%
1938 0 0%
1939 0 0%
1940 0 0%
1941 0 0%
1942 0 0%
1943 0 0%
1944 0 0%
1945 0 0%
1946 0 0%
1947 0 0%
1948 0 0%
1949 0 0%
1950 0 0%
1951 0 0%
1952 0 0%
1953 0 0%
1954 0 0%
1955 0 0%
1956 0 0%
1957 0 0%
1958 0 0%
1959 0 0%
1960 0 0%
1961 0 0%
1962 0 0%
1963 0 0%
1964 0 0%
1965 0 0%
1966 0 0%
1967 0 0%
1968 0 0%
1969 0 0%
1970 0 0%
1971 0 0%
1972 0 0%
1973 0 0%
1974 0 0%
1975 0 0%
1976 0 0%
1977 0 0%
1978 0 0%
1979 0 0%
1980 0 0%
1981 0 0%
1982 0 0%
1983 0 0%
1984 0 0%
1985 0 0%
1986 0 0%
1987 0 0%
1988 0 0%
1989 0 0%
1990 0 0%
1991 3,596 5 0.0003%
1992 0 0%
1993 3,781 5 0.0003%
1994 2,827 10 0.0007%
1995 2,625 12 0.0008%
1996 1,531 55 0.0037%
1997 2,230 21 0.0014%
1998 1,882 34 0.0023%
1999 1,596 53 0.0035%
2000 1,363 84 0.0055%
2001 1,190 116 0.0077%
2002 1,264 101 0.0067%
2003 1,080 150 0.0099%
2004 903 219 0.0144%
2005 749 310 0.0203%
2006 512 555 0.0354%
2007 437 694 0.044%
2008 292 1,109 0.0718%
2009 171 1,900 0.1271%
2010 118 2,631 0.1826%
2011 54 4,674 0.3281%
2012 24 7,188 0.5044%
2013 16 8,277 0.5814%
2014 11 9,606 0.6593%
2015 10 10,291 0.7073%
2016 10 10,773 0.7472%
2017 11 10,451 0.7488%
2018 9 10,582 0.7702%

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Data via SSA.gov.


Names Like Harper

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What names sound like Harper?

If you like how Harper sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Harper.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Harley

Hare meadow

English

#218 (0.0999%)  
Harlow

Rock hill

English

#351 (0.06%)  
Harmony

Perfect unity

English

#172 (0.1199%)  

What names are similar to Harper?

Find a name that’s like Harper, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Avery

Elf counsel

English

#16 (0.5851%)  
Callie

Beautiful one

Greek

#185 (0.1133%)  
Charlotte

Free man

French

#6 (0.9419%)  
Hailey

Hay meadow

English

#79 (0.2505%)  
Laurel

The bay, or laurel plant

Latin

#579 (0.0324%)  
Melody

Song

English

#135 (0.1531%)  
Peyton

From Pacca's town

English

#100 (0.2108%)  
Piper

Pipe player

English

#88 (0.2322%)  
Quinn

Descendent of Conn

Irish

#83 (0.2452%)  
Riley

Rye clearing

Irish

#28 (0.435%)  

Lists With Harper

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Siblings of Harper

Mamas with kids named Harper also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Hannah

Grace

Hebrew

#33 (0.409%)  
Brennan

Teardrop

Irish

#644 (0.0245%)  

6 Comments

  1. It’s little different and we don’t know anyone with that name

  2. We were between 3 names: Ellie, Gemma, and Harper. I was in the hospital for 4 days and we could not decide. We prayed for a sign… the last day we were in the hospital we heard music in the hallway outside of our room. There was a LITERAL harpist outside of our room. I asked if this was common for the floor and the nurse informed me that it used to be but the Harpist had not been present for the past 6 months! We still let our ignorance get in the way and drew names out of a cup… we both drew out Harper! We loved all 3 names because they aren’t mainstream and unique in their own way. Little Harper Rose is our biggest blessing. ?

  3. We just really loved the name. It’s unique but still easy to pronounce and understand.

  4. Family last name that we loved. Also am a teacher and needed a name i hadn’t taught before and Harper made the cut!

  5. Accidentally called a baby Harper instead of Piper and went… Oooh.. I like that name! Suggested it to husband who was on board straight away and wouldn’t consider anything else. At the time we didn’t realise how popular it is. We like that it’s not too feminine.

  6. Our Harper is only 4 weeks old. Her older siblings are 9 and 11! The whole family loved the name Harper, but I was not thrilled by it. Now I couldn’t imagine her any other name and I love it?


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