What does Harper mean?

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This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Harper.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. harpist, harpernoun

    someone who plays the harp


  1. harpernoun

    A harpist.

  2. Harpernoun

    for a player of the harp.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Harpernoun

    A player on the harp.

    Etymology: from harp.

    Never will I trust to speeches penn’d,
    Nor to the motion of a schoolboy’s tongue;
    Nor wooe in rhime, like a blind harper ’s song. William Shakespeare.

    I’m the god of the harp: stop, my fairest: —— in vain;
    Nor the harp, nor the harper, could fetch her again. Thomas Tickell.


  1. harper

    A harper is an individual who plays the harp, a stringed musical instrument. The term also has historical and cultural meanings relating to traditional folklore, where the harper held an important role in medieval society. In modern times, it may also refer to a person's surname.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Harpernoun

    a player on the harp; a minstrel

  2. Harpernoun

    a brass coin bearing the emblem of a harp, -- formerly current in Ireland

  3. Etymology: [AS. hearpere.]


  1. Harper

    Harper, released in the UK as The Moving Target, is a 1966 film based on Ross Macdonald's novel The Moving Target and adapted for the screen by novelist William Goldman, who was a big admirer of Ross MacDonald. The film stars Paul Newman as the eponymous Lew Harper. Goldman received a 1967 Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay. The film captures elements of the traditional "buddy" film. The film also pays homage to the Humphrey Bogart films by bringing Bogart's wife Lauren Bacall into the story. She plays the role of the wounded and woeful wife, the person most concerned with a missing husband, a role similar to the character General Sternwood in the Bogart and Bacall 1946 movie The Big Sleep. In 1975, Newman reprised the role in The Drowning Pool.

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  1. harper

    Song lyrics by harper -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by harper on the Lyrics.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Harper is ranked #245 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Harper surname appeared 124,461 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 42 would have the surname Harper.

    67.9% or 84,509 total occurrences were White.
    26.2% or 32,634 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 2,937 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.3% or 2,875 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.7% or 896 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 610 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Harper in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Harper in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Harper in a Sentence

  1. Sandra Slaton:

    It's happening over and over again and the only reason the Ames-Harper story is making worldwide news is there's actual video of it.

  2. Wayne Flynt:

    I know there’s another novel because( Lee’s sister) Louise told me there was, she said Nelle( Harper Lee) worked on Auburn University for years, Auburn University was a finished work and she said Auburn University was better than' To Kill a Mockingbird.'.

  3. Bonnie Schaan:

    He (Harper-Mercer) told everybody else to go to the middle of the room and lay down, he called the one guy, gave him the envelope and told him to go to the corner of the classroom because obviously he was going to be the one that was going to be telling the story.

  4. Stephen Carlisle:

    When (Harper) started to speak about how that $1 billion would be configured more in terms of grants versus loans, that was encouraging, that would be a conversation we would like to see continue.

  5. Sam Therrell:

    I'm very worried and have been for a long time, obviously Harper Lee's still in grief over Alice's death. I worry that Harper Lee's given up, perhaps.

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