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Quick Facts on Piper

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 97
Simple meaning:
Pipe player

Characteristics of Piper

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Piper

The name Piper is the transferred use of a surname originating as an occupational name – from the Middle English “pipere” signifying someone who played the pipes. The word “pipere” comes from the Germanic “pfeife” which means ‘whistle, pipe.’ The surname developed after the Norman Conquest of 1066 in the Middle Ages. The Piper’s music is usually associated with leadership – people naturally follow the enchantment of their music. Like the Harper in the Middle Ages, the Piper possessed an important musical artistic value throughout England, Scotland and Ireland. Even Chaucer wrote about a Piper in his 14th century Canterbury Tales: “A baggepipe cowde he blawe and sowne / And with al he broulif us out of towne” (modern translation: “He blew the bagpipe, knew it up and down, / And played it as he brought us out of town”). We just always seem to see Pipers leading the way.

Popularity of the Name Piper

Piper is a female given name in America. Even though we know it’s been around longer given some of her older namesakes out there, the name doesn’t actually appear on the U.S. popularity graphs for the first time until 1999. That makes Piper a very new addition to the panoply of American girl names. The name Piper debuts on the charts at position #701 – low usage, but a respectable entry nonetheless. We suspect Piper Perabo helped advance the name during a brief period of her popularity in 2000. It’s an unusual name and she’s a pretty girl, so American parents responded. In the next ten plus years, the name advances over 550 positions on the charts. Today, it’s getting closer to landing on the Top 100 list of most favored girl’s name, and we expect it will if its current trajectory sustains. The northern states have already embraced Piper, and she’s a favorite in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. These are the colder states where people are confined to the indoors longer – we think this gives them a higher appreciation for music to brighten the atmosphere. We love the name Piper for several reasons: it’s a bright, upbeat and happy name. It belongs to the “P” category of girl’s names (there aren’t many compared to overused letters like A, J, K and M) so it feels distinctively different. There are no nicknames or variations, so it stands alone and confident. And we think it’s a name of leadership – just look at the numerology connection!
Popularity of the Girl Name Piper
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Piper

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Piper

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Piper

    Piper We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Piper.

  • Popular Songs on Piper

    Popular Songs on Piper

    Peter Piper - a song by Run DMC

    Pied Piper - a song by Jethro Tull

    Piper - a song by Phish

    Piper at the Gates of Dawn - a song by Van Morrison

    The Piper - a song by ABBA

    The Piper Calls the Tune - a song by UB40

    When the Piper Calls - a song by China Crisis

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Piper

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Piper

    El The Pied Piper / Flautista de Hamelin (Jaume Cela) - This striking addition to Chronicle's successful bilingual series introduces young readers to the universally loved story: The Pied Piper. Retold in both Spanish and English, classic fairy tales provide young readers with a fun way to learn to recognize words in both languages. Easy-to-follow text, coupled with gorgeous illustrations, make them wonderful additions to the home or classroom library. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Piper (Emma Chichester Clark) - When Piper the puppy leaves his mother to go live with his first master, Mr. Jones, he keeps her three pieces of advice in mind: "Always obey your master. Always look both ways before you cross the street. And always help anyone in danger." But Mr. Jones's cruelty quickly becomes apparent, and Piper flees to the big city. Go on Piper’s adventures as he saves an elderly lady from being hit by a car and goes to live with her in her posh home. "Now we can both look after each other." Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Piper (Natale Ghent) - A girl and her dog learn the true meaning of loyalty. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Piper Reed, Navy Brat: (Kimberly Willis Holt) - In her first chapter book for younger readers, which is apparently the first in a series, award-winning author Holt tells a lively family story that draws on her experiences of growing up a Navy brat. For nine-year-old Piper, it is sometimes hard being the middle kid, especially now that the family is once again going to a new base. It doesn't help that Piper is dyslexic. But she copes in class, and she creates a club to make friends. The family stuff is the heart of the story, not only the constant moves and Dad's being away on duty six months at a time but also the tension, laughter, and love in Piper's relationships with her bossy older sister and her talented younger one. Other books in the series include Piper Reed, Clubhouse Queen; Piper Reed, Party Planner; Piper Reed, Campfire Girl and Piper Reed, Rodeo Star. A delightful series! Recommended for ages 9-12.

    The Pied Piper Of Hamlin (Robert Browning) - The Pied Piper of Hamelin is a legend about the abduction of many children from the town of Hamelin (Hameln), Germany and beautifully rendered by the famous poet Robert Browning with his brisk, lively verses. This is strong stuff, best suited for older children. Recommended for ages 8+

    The Pied Piper's Magic (Steven Kellogg) - “Long ago and far away,” a good-natured elf named Peterkin became a Pied Piper. He played the “sounds of letters” on a magic pipe given to him by a gloomy witch. When he played letters that spelled something, the item he spelled magically appeared. When he flipped over backward, the letters were reversed and the creature was transformed into that object—hence “deer” became a “reed.” Peterkin came upon a dark city ruled by the evil Grand Duke and overrun by rats. Not only did Peterkin transform the “rats” to “stars,” he made the Grand Duke “loveable” and enabled the families in the city to transform their environment into a wonderful, welcoming paradise. Kellogg has taken a few elements of the Pied Piper of Hamelin; mixed in bright, sparkly, swirling illustrations in which even the rats are adorable; and whipped them into a happy-ever-after story that bears little resemblance to the original dark fairy tale. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Piper

    Famous People Named Piper

    Famous People Named Piper - Piper Perabo (actress); Piper Laurie (actress); Piper Gilles (figure skater)

  • Children of Famous People Named Piper

    Children of Famous People Named Piper

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Piper - Brian DePalma (director); Gillian Anderson (actress); Melissa Sue Anderson (actress); Sarah Palin (politician)

  • Historic Figures

    Piper - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Piper - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Piper.

Personality of the Girl Name Piper

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Piper

  • No Variations Found.
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