Of Old English or High German origin.

A masculine and feminine name.

It means “harp player”.

From the Old English word “hearpere”, meaning “one who plays the harp”.

Harper was used as a surname.

It is also associated with the Middle High German “harpfære”, which in modern German is “harfner”.

Harper is a popular name for girls in New Zealand and the United States.

Famous male bearers are Harper Williams, Harper Goff, Harper Simon.

Famous female bearer is Harper Lee.

In the following video you may watch a short biography of American novelist Harper Lee: