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It's fine as a surname but sounds very silly as a first name.
wa85  6/24/2020
My niece’s name is Haurper with a u. I think it’s pretty weird and I’m a kid, so I know weird names. Haurper is two years younger than me (she’s 8) and we just went to this art class together and there was another girl named Harpar there! Har-par, not Harper. So weird!
― Anonymous User  5/23/2020
To harp: to dwell on persistently or tediously in speaking or writing: He was always harping on the importance of taking vitamin supplements.

1. Classical Mythology. A ravenous, filthy monster having a woman's head and a bird's body.
2. (lowercase) a scolding, nagging, bad-tempered woman; shrew.
3. (lowercase) a greedy, predatory person.
Sakusha  5/21/2020
This will get lost, but I’m neutral on the name. Don’t love it, don’t hate it. I’m not really a fan of last names as first names or profession names, plus I think it will be difficult if your kid can’t pronounce ‘R’s and all of the sudden the name is Hoppuh. It’s okay but it’s not my favorite.
Jadie477  5/15/2020
Femme, trendy, ages well.
Angel_Bell  5/11/2020
Harper Minecraft.
― Anonymous User  4/8/2020
I love the name Harper for girls! Boys just couldn’t be named Harper. I love how strong and beautiful it sounds on a little girl.
persyflower653  2/16/2020
Why you guys so mean? I think that I have a very nice name, I was born right before it started getting popular and I think it's a very nice name for a girl or a dude :/ Also don't insult my "yuppie" parents >:(
Harpererrr  1/13/2020
I personally have never really liked the name. Lots of people think it's pretty and unique, but I have never thought so. I do know that when it comes to names, though, everyone has a different opinion.
Jimmy_The_Spider_11  1/9/2020
We all read Harper Lee's novel in school. You're not cultured or literary for choosing it. I like the book, but I don't like "profession" names. Naming someone Harper who will likely never pick up a harp is like naming them... well, nothing. What does it stand for? Beginning with an H and ending with an R makes the name harsh.

Read another book.
― Anonymous User  12/28/2019
Harper is not a pretty name. It's harsh, abrasive, and in no way feminine. I'm big on sounds since I'm a musician, and to me it sounds like HARRRRRRR-purrrr. It's almost like a pirate is talking. All of those R's. If the parents aren't particularly gender-biased and would seek to give a female daughter a unisex or masculine name, this one still doesn't cut it due to being considered, inexplicably, a "girl name".

The meaning is, at best, neutral. "One who plays the harp" - okay, I love the sound of the harp, but very few people play it, and I highly doubt that each mother or pair of parents who choose(s) Harper for a baby girl is/are doing so because of a deeply-held aspiration that the girl will grow up and become a virtuoso harpist.

I imagine what it'd be like for someone to say a name lovingly, when I consider names. A teenage or adult man, holding his girlfriend, "Ohhhh... Harper..." Yuck. Not pretty.

And to make it worse, there are no good nicknames. "Harpy"? There are three definitions of that word on Merriam-Webster and they're all negative / unpleasant. I recently heard a grandmother call her granddaughter, "Harps" (after having already introduced her as "Harper" when my toddler son ran up to her, seeking to be acquainted or whatever he considers it in his still-developing mind). That's still cacophonous; it sounds a last-name nickname that one sweaty football player would call another sweaty football player after a good play. ("Nice one, Harps!")

What's left? "Har"? Blechhhhh. "Harrie" (rhymes with "sorry")? Yuck, and most people would read it like "Harry", with the added bonus of certain regional accents generating a pronunciation of "Hairy". To seal the deal, it's so freaking popular! It's like, be just a BIT unique, you know? It's not even like this one would qualify for cultures that tend to name kids after deceased relatives or ancestors; the number of women named Harper prior to the last 10 years or so is vanishingly close to zero, so it's not like the baby is being named after Great-Grandma Harper Smith. (Even Harper Lee wasn't Harper. She was Nelle, Harper was her middle name, and it was selected in honor of one Dr. Harper who saved the life of her sister. Note that Harper was, in this case anyway, a last name. Ms. Lee went by Nelle in real life and Harper was her pen name.)

I don't get it. To me, there's literally nothing going for this name. There are so many melodious and beautiful names out there, with pleasing definitions, and someone would choose this one? That's like having 100 menu options at a family restaurant and choosing the vegemite sandwich. Yuck. I know that some people like vegemite but most don't. In my opinion, the high number of Harpers that have entered the world in recent times is a guarantee that local courts will do land-office business in 10+ years as lots of them rush to change their names to something prettier once they turn 18. (P.S. My wife feels the same way about this name.)
― Anonymous User  10/29/2019
I personally do really like this name.
A nona mouse user  9/25/2019
I'm kind of indifferent on this name. Harper is not a bad name, but it wouldn't really be my first choice.
worthy.of.love01  8/20/2019
This name has become extremely popular. It’s okay in my opinion. Not my favorite.
― Anonymous User  7/29/2019
Honestly one of the better occupational names.
― Anonymous User  7/29/2019
I really don't like this name at all. I don't know why it's so popular.
Hekate Rose  7/21/2019
It's quite pretty. I wouldn't use this as the name of a real girl, though; I'd most likely use this as the name of a fictional character.
Feiticeiro  7/9/2019
Reminds me of harpoons, meh name, better on boys.
― Anonymous User  3/10/2019
Hi, I personally love the name Harper. It is olde English in origin and it means “pleasant and brave”. I’ve also never read To Kill a Mockingbird.
Harpersmom  2/20/2019
I love Harper as a girl’s name! But I have read the book How To Kill A Mockingbird, but I feel like the word “Harper” sounds so elegant and beautiful to my ears. So delicate! I think it’s more of a name you would give to your daughter, but I actually love this name for boys and girls. For a boy~ it sounds soft yet strong. For a girl~ it sounds strong yet soft, so it’s both masculine and feminine!
― Anonymous User  1/19/2019
I like names with meaning and this is an occupational job. Not a name.
Mimi1987  11/28/2018
I absolutely love Harper. It’s so cute, pretty, and elegant. I like it for a girl, not so much for a boy though. For a girl~ it would sound delicate and feminine because of the natural association “To Kill A Mockingbird”. For a boy~ it wouldn’t sound masculine enough to age well on a male, so I think it sounds far more feminine than masculine.
― Anonymous User  11/25/2018
The name Harper was given to 284 boys one the U.S. in 2017.
Lady_Skywalker  11/16/2018
I wonder why it's suddenly rocketed in popularity over all these countries.
futuremother99  11/5/2018
Everyone reads To Kill A Mockingbird in school, naming your child Harper doesn't make you sound literate.
― Anonymous User  10/16/2018
In 2018, 2 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Harper who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 2, 694th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/15/2018
I'm going to be perfectly honest with you. I don't like it. This name is far too trendy for me, and I despise the nickname Harpy. This name sounds kind of harsh in my opinion.
Bluebus2006  9/29/2018
I am fairly neutral on the name Harper and I hate the name Scout. I'm annoyed by how trendy they have become. I'm cringing at the comment from the person who said Harpy is a good nickname for a girl named Harper. I wonder why it took so many years for Scout and Harper to become trendy names, given that To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1964. It's a good novel but when someone names their daughter Harper or Scout, or their son Atticus, I always wonder if that's the only book they've ever read.
― Anonymous User  9/21/2018
I think Harper is a beautiful name, and who wouldn’t want to be named after a harp (one of the most pretty sounding instruments) and the author of To Kill a Mockingbird? Harper is pretty and strong. I like this name paired with Mallory: Harper Mallory or Mallory Harper. Actually a lot of names go well with this name, it serves as a very unique middle name too.
― Anonymous User  9/4/2018
Doesn't sound very feminine to me, and I dislike occupational job names.
kayisforkeen  8/13/2018
Harper Lee's real name is actually "Nelle". Harper was her middle name.
XYKLONE  12/13/2017
My oldest daughter wanted "Harper" for her daughter, but her husband - Thank God - said "No Way!" At least he has some common sense. So, my oldest daughter pressured her younger sister into naming their daughter "Harper." Both sides of parents were shocked, to say the least. The only reason Harper was chosen was because of Harper Lee and "To Kill a Mockingbird" which my oldest daughter really liked as a novel.

I cannot stand the name for any person - male or female.
Harper is the name of a:
Ferry - Harper's Ferry
Magazine - Harper Magazine
Bazaar - Harper's Bazaar
Good last name: John Doe Harper,

... but not for a boy or a girl.

As one person pointed out, it is associated with a goddess and a monster with lots of negative connotations.

Also, it is a sign of the "culture" we live in - name a kid after a flower, rock, city, state, disease, bug, arachnids (Spyder), superhero's - Thor, vegetables, fruits, etc.

Forget about naming children after saints. With all of these 'unique' names, it is the culture influencing Christianity vs the other way around. Our culture is so heathen these days, it's crazy.

I used to audit immunization records and I found a plethora of "unique" (weird) names, such as those cited above.
Months of the year, days of the week, seasons of the year; one lady - really - had wanted to name her daughter Chlamydia - which is a sexually transmitted disease. She thought it was a flower. Luckily the RN explained the reality to her.

So - Harper - guess I'll associate it with Heavenly Angels playing the Harp.
― Anonymous User  12/12/2017
I can't stand this name. It sounds very ugly. Arper and Arp sounds don't sound pleasant at all and there is way too much R sound. Plus, it's much too popular.
― Anonymous User  11/22/2017
Kinda hilarious. Harper Lee's parents did not have a clue about feminine/masculine name usage and now all the delusional modern parents want to copy them and name their daughters "Harper".
SoundsAndJets  7/24/2017
My personal impression of the name Harper was I wanted to understand why this name was so popular. I was quite neutral to this name- I didn't dislike it or personally like this name. I thought it was an okay name. After reading about this name and understanding why the sudden boom and popularity of it from the famous author Harper Lee, to Victoria Beckham, and Lisa Marie Presley naming their daughters this name, I finally could see why this name has risen so high on the baby girl charts. I think people who use Harper have this connection and fantasy with celebrities wanting their daughters to have a popular and famous baby name, too. If someone who is famous is using it then I also want to use it, too. After this name is played in your mind more and more, this name becomes more acceptable and before you know it, you love it!
Purpleconeflowert  7/4/2017
The name Harper was given to 294 boys born in the US in 2016.
― Anonymous User  6/7/2017
I like the name Harper for a girl not for a boy. If she didn't like it you could call her Harpy or Harps for short.
Charleyboobear  4/30/2017
I hate this name with an intense passion. It sounds very harsh and borderline ugly to me. Whenever I hear it, it quickly becomes the equivalent of listening to nails on the chalkboard. The sound of the name is the worst aspect of it! Hopefully the trend of this name won't linger around long and will plummet down the charts. I am not a terrible or disrespectful person. Harper just happens to be a name that I cannot stand, and for a list of reasons. Have your view on the name, I'll have mine. I am thankful though that this name doesn't have a single spelling alternative. Harper won't be like Madison\Maddison\Madisyn\Madysyn or Jaden\Jaiden\Jayden for example.
― Anonymous User  3/12/2017
I can't believe how many people recently have been naming their babies Harper! Especially combined with the middle name Grace. It's quite a harsh sounding name with the letters in it.
taylapaige144  10/25/2016
I always thought Harper was just a girl's name.
Luvbug86  10/18/2016
I've always imagined this name as being for girls.
sm31  9/9/2016
Nelle "Harper" Lee was an American novelist, most known for her book To Kill A Mockingbird.
― Anonymous User  8/14/2016
I personally think this name is adorable. I wouldn't use it personally, simply because of how popular it has become.
sydneyvail  8/14/2016
I don't understand why nobody seem to like this name as a feminine name. I am, in fact, a girl who is named Harper, and I think it is a beautiful name that suits me well. It's not the most elegant name, but it isn't the worst.
harhar205  7/11/2016
"Er" names like Harper suit girls. Daughter ends in er, yet that doesn't make daughter a male term. Does it?
Eileen1209864  6/14/2016
I love Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," so I have a bit of admiration for this name due to the association with her. However, I find it to be otherwise a boring, plain name on either sex. I don't have anything against it, I just think it's so unoriginal and common that I don't feel much toward it either way.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/10/2016
When I read To Kill a Mockingbird in year 11 English at secondary school, I thought this was a really gorgeous name for a girl. It has become much too trendy now, and a bit Beckham-associated to be usable. Also, it is quite common where I live. Still a nice name, though.
Espy  1/23/2016
I dislike Harper as a given name, especially on females. It's overly trendy and was really a last name to begin with, and as a first name it won't age that well.
YITYNR  1/17/2016
I love this name on both genders. I'd probably use it for a girl, though, just because I like it more on a girl. I just can't find a good middle name to go with it! I do hate how trendy it's gotten. Back when I first started liking the name, it seemed so unusual to me, I didn't think it was that popular. Despite its trendiness, I still love it.
― Anonymous User  1/9/2016
I really like this name but it is way too popular right now.
al84  12/24/2015
At the end of the day I would call my daughter Harper and not just because some footballer has decided on that name too. I have always liked it and don't follow 'trends'. I'm sure lots of people are not so keen on more feminine names as the first comment implies. We don't all have to be named after a flower...
― Anonymous User  12/23/2015
I really can't stand this name. Why would anyone want to name their daughter Harper? Out of all the names, why choose such an ugly, trendy name?
edenebony  12/22/2015
My partner and I are expecting our 2nd child soon and we are set on naming her Harper!
Harper Adele or Harper Grace (Grayce) will be her name :)
Taylortaylor1023  12/19/2015
Oh god, torture. This name is not only annoyingly trendy and tacky but also hideous and very harsh sounding- for any gender. I admit, that while saying the name in your mind it's not as bad, but once you say it out loud, VERY HARSH.
I don't think of Harp as in the musical instrument. Instead, I think about an annoying, awful name and the adjective 'Harp' meaning to nag, annoy and bother.
Far more better names out there, that's for sure.
― Anonymous User  12/17/2015
Dear God, this name is tacky, soulless, and annoyingly trendy, and it's not helped by the fact that annoying celebrities like Neil Patrick Harris and David Beckham had to slap it on their daughters. Please put this name out of its misery.
Acajou  8/19/2015
I didn't like this name before, but now I have mixed feelings ever since someone said it makes her think of harp players. I don't think I'd ever use it, but it reminds me of nagging (harping on someone) and Canadian politics (Steven Harper).

I love the harp. I wish it made me think of harp players. I wonder if there is another name that means harpist?
― Anonymous User  8/12/2015
The first time I heard this name I didn't like it but it's grown on me now. It's a very popular trendy name right now so I'd never use it just for the popularity of it.
― Anonymous User  6/15/2015
I'm bothered that people have such strong opinions on names and are so negative. Harper, I think, is a really pretty name for a girl. But in all honesty, if anyone is thinking of naming their child Harper... don't come to these boards because of the negativity. Names are unique. Not everyone is supposed to have the same name! If you love a name, stick with it and don't change your mind! There is no wrong way, no wrong name for anyone. Just go with what you love and your child will grow into the name beautifully.
domino007  6/2/2015
My sister is called Harper. I think it's a lovely name and she gets compliments with how "cute" it is and I do not think that it is a masculine name if I'm honest.
― Anonymous User  4/6/2015
I never heard of the name Harper till I saw Wizards of Waverly Place. Though I never shall name a child Harper, I think it's more a name for a girl than a boy's name. In The Netherlands it's likely a rare name.
Kaat5  4/4/2015
I love the name Harper. The hate I just don't get. I would have thought everyone would see Harper as elegant and girly due to its association with the instrument the 'harp'. What really annoys me is most people seem to think traditional, stereotypical names ending with 'a' are the only suitable feminine names. That's not always the case. There are plenty of gorgeous & cute girl names e.g. Claire, Piper, Belle, Megan, HARPER. Open-mindedness is key. :)
― Anonymous User  2/1/2015
I'm sorry, but I think the name Harper is absolutely AWFUL! It's masculine and I think of a honking noise just saying it, like someone blowing their nose. I was really disappointed when Lisa Marie Presley named her twin girls Harper and Finley, thought she'd give the babies better names. Finley is also horrid.
― Anonymous User  1/22/2015
Not a big fan of this name- no offense!
― Anonymous User  12/25/2014
Harper sounds like a heart condition.
― Anonymous User  12/8/2014
This name sounds awful to me. It doesn't even sound like a first name. Not feminine at all, would be the same if you name a girl "Baker", "Butcher" or "Grinder". Would also not use it for a boy, I don't see the reason behind giving surnames as first names anyway, if they don't have the sound of a first name at all or if they aren't connected to the family history.
ms. c  10/20/2014
The fact that this is not a girly or cute name is what I like about this name. I do not like most feminine names for girls at all, especially when they end on an A. Personally, the first thing that comes to my mind when I hear the name Harper is the women's magazine Harper's Bazaar, which I think was named after the surname of one of the founders (not sure). Anyway, I love the name Harper!
LizBon  10/1/2014
Not a fan-just one of those trendy type names
Though I do prefer this name for a girl. On a boy, it's prissy as hell. I picture Harper on a feminine male.

Also, not a fan of 'Harp' as it means to nag and pester.
― Anonymous User  9/4/2014
A little girl named Harper Tesar was the subject of several news stories in spring 2014 after a picture of her went viral. In the picture, baby Harper, waiting to meet her father for the first time after he was deployed to Afghanistan, is sitting behind a sign that reads, "Hey, I just met you & this is crazy but my name's HARPER & I'm your baby!"
― Anonymous User  9/3/2014
I play the sims 3. I know a lot of people do, and honestly, I quite like it. I was playing the game at my friends' and a lady in my household has a girl. I named her "Harper" I told my friend and she didn't like it. She told me she didn't like it and she was going to delete Harper. I was really upset. I like the name Haper.
HarperLeeRocks  6/21/2014
My little girl is called Harper and all you ignorant people seem to have an awful opinion of the name. Well I would lovveee to hear the common, worn-out, overly used names your children get with the 21st century. Children are named by their parents because that is the name the parents think the child suits. And the name Meadow- where do I begin? What a horrible name. Unfortunately for people like you, we couldn't care less about your comments and pathetic judgements. They're unwanted and to be honest, irrelevant.
― Anonymous User  5/13/2014
My daughter's name is Harper Camille so obviously I love the name. Unfortunately it is now a trendy name but I think it is classy, unique and will carry over well as an adult. My daughter does and will carry her name well as she is a bright red headed Hispanic little girl so not only is her name unique but so is she.
Amandagarcia_11  4/28/2014
I have mixed feelings about the name. I can see it sounding quite original and unique, even strong and independent; but at the same time... If you are aware of what "harping on someone" means (ie incessant nagging) and the unfortunate fact that it is only a slip of the tongue away from sounding like another word, "herpes", you can imagine the first couple years at school are going to be tough when those schoolyard bullies get a hold of that connection.

But I am all for unique naming conventions so I remain divided on this name.
jackitty  3/9/2014
I do not care for this name, in the same way I do not care for "To Kill a Mockingbird." *waits for hate mail*
Meadow  1/9/2014
The trendiness of this name sickens me. It went from virtually unheard of (especially for girls) to #24 in less than 10 years. Not even Harper lee's real name was Harper. This isn't unique or cute or pretty, its just part of the horrible trend of giving surnames to females as first names. This will be quite dated in about a decade and I'm guessing if you shout this name on a playground in a few years, at least 2 or three little girls will turn around.
― Anonymous User  6/9/2013
My daughter's name is Harper and I think it's such a beautiful, pretty name.
rainmonkey  2/25/2013
FEMININE: It's a sorry-sad-shame it is so common
MASCULINE: It's a sorry-sad-shame a boy HAS this name!
SEC908  12/21/2012
I don't get that people don't think this name is a boy name the only people that I know that had this is name is wait for it... a girl. And it means a harp player, every time someone think of a harp player it's a woman. So don't call it a boy name just because it's strong and don't have a ditsy feel to it like Madison and Ashley doesn't make it less of a name.
555jazzy  7/28/2012
Yuck. Sounds like a name belonging to a spoiled brat with yuppie parents.
Bonquiqui  7/9/2012
I absolutely ADORE this name. It is my sister's name and I'm surprised by how rare it still seems to be, at least for US females. I think it is unique and joyful sounding :)
― Anonymous User  6/2/2012
I hate this name. I don't think it's feminine at all. Also, its usage by Lisa Marie Presley and the Beckhams (among others) makes it so trendy. I bet Harper will crack the top 100 soon.
bananarama  3/7/2012
David and Victoria Beckham today had their first daughter, Harper Seven Beckham.
walesgal92  7/11/2011
Wow, I'm really surprised this name made the top 200. Reminds me of McKenzie, a surname that just doesn't cut it as a girl's first name. Better for a middle name.

I know a dog named Harper. Good name for pets.
JW41926  4/2/2011
Too feminine for a boy and too masculine on a girl.
― Anonymous User  10/6/2010
Unfortunately, every time I hear this, I think of Stephen Harper. There is nothing wrong with the name Harper, but the association puts me off.
CanadianChibi  3/11/2010
Harper Ashby, the hero of Nora Robert's novel Red Lily and the In The Garden trilogy.
Hehehe  10/15/2009
This name reminds me of harpies, those mythological monsters. From the dictionary: The word comes from the Greek Harpyia (pl.) meaning "snatchers". In Homer, they were the personification of whirlwinds and hurricanes; in Hesiod they were called sisters of Aello and Iris; later they were represented as ministers of divine vengeance: winged, clawed monsters with female heads and bodies. Metaphoric extension to "greedy person" is c.1400.

1. One of several loathsome, ravenous, filthy monsters with the head and trunk of a woman and the tail, wings, and talons of a bird.
2. A scolding, nagging, bad-tempered woman; shrew.
3. A greedy, predatory person

Also, to harp on or upon is to dwell on persistently or tediously in speaking or writing.

The dictionary also says that a "harp" or "Harper" was any of several English coins issued for use in Ireland during the 16th and 17th centuries, bearing the figure of a harp on the reverse; additionally, "harp" is a disparaging and offensive slang word for a person of Irish birth or descent.
― Anonymous User  8/20/2009
Stephen Harper is the 22nd Prime Minister of Canada and has Harper as his last name.
myfunkykat83  6/23/2009
I think this name is fine for a boy or a girl. Although I prefer it for a boy. I think it is great for a boy. It sounds like the name Parker, which I also like. I would like to point out that not all harpists (harp players) are female as well. Plus, not all angels are female. For example: archangels Michael and Gabriel spring to mind.
Coffeebean  5/31/2009
Harper is the name of Alex's best friend on the Disney Channel show, Wizards of Waverly Place.
emmiix3  4/19/2009
If you are using this as a homage to Harper Lee, try her first name, Nelle. Yeah, makes more sense. Not being a harpy just offering some advice.

I should end this here. Wouldn't want to harp on about Harper, I have a harp to play.
― Anonymous User  3/5/2009
I like that it's got an androgynous quality to it. I think it's a beautiful name.
MoonAgeDaydreamer  12/28/2008
It's an okay name, but it makes me thing of the song "Harper Valley PTA".
magicalhannah7  12/28/2008
I tend to think of a Harper as someone who's harping on somebody all the time. That kind of ruins it.
― Anonymous User  11/24/2008
The name primarily makes me think of angels with harps, Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird. The little girl I know of named Harper is a blonde, blue-eyed ballerina. Overall, Harper has a rather delicate, ethereal image for me, probably helped along because I've just read a series of paranormal mystery books by Charlaine Harris in which Harper Connelly is the female main character. She's an appealing character. I also see that Lisa Marie Presley named one of her newborn twin daughters Harper. I'd have a hard time seeing it on a boy. It sounds too girlish.
― Anonymous User  10/24/2008
I'm surprised by the apparent aversion to this name, specifically for a female. As others have pointed out, the harp is generally viewed as a feminine instrument. Angels are often represented as harpists and carry a very heavy female connotation. Harper also has pop-culture references, such as Harper's Bazaar, a fashion magazine, which are strongly feminine. As another poster pointed out, the name also sounds similar to "Harpy", which were female mythical creatures (though I agree with the fact that calling someone a harpy is generally inflammatory).

As for the same simply sounding masculine, I don't get that at all. I have a feeling that it sounds abrasive to some people simply because of it being relatively uncommon. Others have mentioned that the "er" ending is often masculine, but then have gone on to provide incredibly feminine names that end in "er" (Amber, Piper, etc.). It is also important to consider that most popular female names began as names for men. Courtney, Ashley, and Madison are just a few, but there are plenty of others.

In my opinion, Harper is a beautiful name for a strong, independent woman, and its perceived masculinity should not scare anyone away from naming their girl it.
bconk35  10/9/2008
I do sort of feel something for this name, because I play the harp. But I don't really like the sound to it. I also don't think it sounds like a nice name for a girl. It's too masculine. And a lot of people are saying that it's girly because the harp is very feminine (which it is), but it can also be very masculine.
hizakigrace  7/22/2008
I could not see Harper for a boy at all. I have liked (but not loved) this name for a girl since I read To Kill a Mockingbird. It would be a nice middle name for a girl, but I would not use it as a first name.
Callie  7/19/2008
I wonder if a person called Harper would be called "Harpie", like the mythical bird-women. That might be cool, although Harpies do have some negative connotations.
― Anonymous User  6/27/2008
To me, it sounds more like a girl's name but can equally be a boy's name too.
caity-bear915  6/22/2008
It's not such a bad name, but I don't really think it suits females. There's no logical reason not to use it on females per se, but the name does have that -er ending, and most names with that ending, apart from Amber, Piper, Summer, and Winter, sound masculine. So does Harper. It sounds rather tomboyish, and thus unsuitable for feminine girls, and I can't picture it on a grown woman at all, not even on indie rockers or androgynous women. For males, this isn't too bad, but it does sound rather harsh compared to many more pleasant-sounding names like Logan, Aidan, and the likes.
slight night shiver  5/31/2008
I loved this name ever since I read To Kill a Mockingbird. I find it equally suitable for both boys and girls.
number1212  5/19/2008
In West Virginia there is a place called Harper's Ferry.
― Anonymous User  10/28/2007
I think this name fits a pet - preferly a bird, I think for some strange reason. I can't imagine anyone with this name. I've never met anyone named Harper, so I don't know.
― Anonymous User  6/19/2007
I don't know why a lot of people look down on this name. I think it's pretty, at least in its own way. Someone I know said there's a legend of a goddess named Harperis - known better as Harper who is said to have invented the harp and is also the goddess of harpists and musical harmony. Maybe it's not a real legend at all but that's how I want to imagine it, as a mythical goddess.
― Anonymous User  6/19/2007
I think this is a horrible sounding name for a girl, like Piper. Harper always reminds me of a bird for some reason or of a harbor, not so bad but the sound still makes me nod. For a boy, maybe but that would be a lot to live up for (a harp-player) in my opinion!
― Anonymous User  6/4/2007
Harper could be a masculine name. Not all harp-players are women, although the harp is regarded as a feminine instrument there have been some male harpers too (like Harpo Marx). I kinda feel something for it in its own way because of the harp and because it reminds me of Harpo but I'd never use it, it sounds ambiguous and seems to have some androgynous feel about it, although it's not the reason I'd never use it. I just never cared for it much or don't like it that much on either a boy or a girl. It'd be ok for a nickname but I still don't care much for it.
Loni_maryrose  6/3/2007
In the ancient world, particularly the Mediterranean, the harp (commonly known as a sambuca) was played by both men and women, so I agree it could be either a masculine or feminine name.
― Anonymous User  6/3/2007
The writer Harper Lee's full name was Nelle Harper Lee. She is known for never having done an interview with the media or biographers.
Aqua  4/28/2007
I don't understand why everyone thinks Harper sounds very boy-ish. Is the instrument the harp ever thought of as non-feminine? No, it's very elegant sounding. If had a daughter I would like to name her Harper.
Daisee  4/10/2007
I named my daughter Harper and quite honestly I expected a few raised eyebrows. Little did I know that the name had actually made it to the top 1000 names! My daughter is almost 3 and living up to the fiercely independent connotation that the name holds. I named my daughter after Harper Lee not because I absolutely love her novel but because she has written one of the greatest American novels of all time and she has done so without sacrificing her integrity or sucumbing to the pressure of fame. I have no idea what my daughter will become in life, but I believe that it is so shallow to look at a name and judge it based solely on whether it is believed to be masculine or feminine. Sure, there are obviously more girly names out but I believe that there are few that compare with the beauty of the feminine legacy that this name carries. Are we teaching our girls that what makes us beautiful is the way we appear or what we contain?
walkinlight76  3/13/2007
I'm surprised no one has mentioned this yet, but Harper is the name of Joe Pitt's wife in Tony Kushner's award-winning play "Angels in America." That and Harper Lee are really the only times I've seen the name used. And, having not read "To Kill a Mockingbird", I more readily associate Harper with a female than a male.
Islander  3/4/2007
I don't know why everyone hates this name for a girl. I think it is feminine and strong for a girl. It's pretty too, like the music of a harp.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2006
So much nicer for a boy than a girl I think.
― Anonymous User  11/12/2006
I love To Kill a Mockingbird, possibly one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century but the name Harper is a little harsh. Her real name is Nell Harper Lee. Harper is also the name of one of the main characters from Angels in America by Tony Kushner. I say give the child whatever name you like and just nickname her Scout.
AYN353  9/15/2006
Well, I wouldn't say that this name is completely eccentric rubbish. Sure it goes along the lines of Jordan, Payton, Dylan and Tristan for a girl, which I cannot tolerate, but the idea of the Harp, is somewhat innovative to today's name society. However, whenever I hear this name, I instantly picture Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper.
Starla-Marie_1993  8/24/2006
I think Harper's a beautiful name for a girl-- particlarly if you're from the South or have Southern heritage. Add to that the influence of Harper Lee, the (female) author of 'To Kill A Mockingbird' and you've got one powerful and original name for a little girl.
JellyBean8  8/21/2006
I recently heard of little girls named Harper. With all the pretty, feminine names out there, why would you name your daughter Harper? It sounds manly to me. Sorry to people with daughters named Harper.
pink_floyd_fan  7/23/2006
I agree: there are so many better choices for girls' names--why would you give your beautiful baby girl a name that sounds like a boy's name?
― Anonymous User  8/10/2006

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