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Harp player (instrument of fortune)
Characteristics of Harper
Etymology & Historical Origin - Harper
Harper is the transferred use of an English surname originating as an occupation name; in other words, it was used to identify a harp player. The word comes from the Olde English “hearpere” which later became “harper” in Middle and Modern English. The “-ere” suffix was used to designate an “agent of” or a person “who has to do with” playing the harp. Written evidence of the Olde English “hearpe” appeared in the 8th century, although the instrument predates that by a long shot. The English word is derived from a Proto-Germanic root meaning “instrument of fortune”. The earliest versions of a harp (and its related lyre) date back to the 35th century B.C. in Mesopotamia (over 5000 years old!). In medieval England, harp-playing was a highly respected occupation (especially in Ireland and Scotland) and considered a musical art form deserving of the noble classes. The concept of “to harp on” (i.e., to talk too much about) dates back to the 16th century. As a given name, Harper is considered gender-neutral (although it is much more common for baby girls), and is most popular in the United States and Australia. Notable name bearer Harper Lee (b. 1926) is the author of the American classic “To Kill a Mockingbird”.
Popularity of the Name Harper
In the United States, the name Harper is considered unisex, although it originally started out as a masculine name dating back to the late 19th century. Today, however, Harper is an ultra-trendy girl’s name. Although it’s been less than 10 years since Harper came into circulation on the Top 1000 list, she has already managed to secure a position on the Top 100 list. In fact she’s headed straight toward the Top 50. As a masculine name, Harper came back into circulation in 2006, but has only climbed to low-moderate levels of popularity. In other words, Harper is far more common for girls than for boys (almost eight-times more popular, in fact). It’s not clear what’s fueling the sudden popularity of this name for baby girls. Harper is an obvious choice for music-loving parents – just ask musicians Paul Simon who named his son Harper or Eddie Vedder who has a daughter named Harper. Not to mention that the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, is the posthumous grandfather to a Harper (Lisa-Marie Presley’s daughter).
Popularity of the Boy Name Harper
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Harper
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Harper
Harper We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Harper.
Popular Songs on Harper
Emily Harper - a song by Mark Wills
Harper Valley P.T.A. - a song by Jeannie C. Riley
Hats Off to (Roy) Harper - a song by Led Zeppelin
Joe Harper Saturday Morning - a song by Van Morrison
Children's Books on the Baby Name Harper
Also Known As Harper (Ann Haywood Leal) - Things are up and down for fifth-grader Harper Lee Morgan. Her father and his drinking are gone, and her mother is trying to hold the family together, but the rent is past due, and their landlady, Mrs. Early, is out of patience. Harper Lee knows that all too well, thanks to the snide comments of her classmate Winnie Rae Early. Harper is focused on readying her poetry for a school contest, but when her mother loses her job and Harper has to stay home with her younger brother, Hemingway, her hopes for the contest fade away. Recommended for ages 9-12.
I Am Scout: The Biography of Harper Lee (Charles J. Shields) - To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most widely read novels in American literature. It’s also a perennial favorite in high school English classrooms across the nation. Yet onetime author Harper Lee is a mysterious figure who leads a very private life in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, refusing to give interviews or talk about the novel that made her a household name. Lee’s life is as rich as her fiction, from her girlhood as a rebellious tomboy to her days at the University of Alabama and early years as a struggling writer in New York City. Recommended for ages young adult.
Famous People Named Harper
Famous People Named Harper - Harper Lee (author); Harper LeBel (football player); Harper Simon (musician, son of Paul Simon); Harper Williams (basketball player)
Children of Famous People Named Harper
Famous People Who Named Their Child Harper - David Spade (comic/actor); Eddie Vedder (musician); Lisa Marie Presley (musician, daughter of Elvis); Neil Patrick Harris (actor); Paul Simon (musician); Tiffani Thiessen (actress)
Harper - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Harper Lee (28 Apr 1926 – Current) - Harper Lee is an important American figure by virtue of her publication of “To Kill a Mockingbird” in 1960 which won the Pulitzer Prize. Her contribution to American literature would eventually win her the Presidential Medal of Freedom award in 2007. Harper grew up in Alabama and modeled the book’s heroine, Scout Finch, after herself. She was the daughter of a small town, respected attorney, and she herself was a precocious tomboy. The novel deals with 10-year-old Scout’s observations of racial injustice as her father defends a black man wrongly accused of raping a white woman. Her innate, innocent belief in the goodness of human nature is sorely tested as she and her family end up on the receiving end of this hatred. She emerges triumphantly in the end with a more adult perspective on the existence of evil while still keeping her sense of goodness intact.
Personality of the Boy Name Harper
The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.
Variations of the Baby Name - Harper