[ 2 syll. har-per, ha-rp-er ] The baby boy name Harper is also used as a girl name, with the latter form being much more common. Its pronunciation is HHAARPer- †. Harper is largely used in the English language and it is derived from Old English origins. The name is of the meaning harp player.
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Harper is a somewhat popular baby name for boys. The name's popularity has been increasing since the 2000s. At the height of its usage in 2012, 0.021% of baby boys were given the name Harper. Its ranking then was #605. In 2018, its usage was 0.011% and its ranking #971, and it was the most frequently used within all boy names in its group. Though Harper is more popular as a girl name today, there was a period from 1905 to 1906 that it was given more often to boys. From 2004 on, increasingly more girls than boys were named Harper. In 2017, girls named Harper outnumbered boys by 38 times.
† Pronunciation for Harper: HH as in "he (HH.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; P as in "pea (P.IY)" ; ER as in "hurt (HH.ER.T)"