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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Harper

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Harper in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Harper:

  • Records indicate that 19,322 girls in the United States have been named Harper since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2012, when 7,154 people in the U.S. were given the name Harper. Those people are now 9 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


    Comments about the name Harper

    71% Approval Rating
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      5 Positive Comments

  • "my cat's name is Harper, but he is a sweet lil man:)" Sep. 5, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my baby girl, Harper Grace. I love it. I get some odd looks when I introduce her to older people but who cares, people are individual and their names should reflect who they are, not trendy names of the time. An added bonus is the children's book, "Little Harper Grace and the Hummingbird" is still in print and my 3.5 year old LOVES it." Sep. 23, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "We have a one year old girl and we did name her Harper. We had thought of Harper Grace, but we went with Harper Elise. Most people have never heard of the name, or say it's a boy's name, but we like it..most educated people know it's an old english name..and of course, Harper Lee too. Funny story, when the wife was about to give birth, the nurse says "what are you going to name her ?" and we tell her Harper..and the nurse says "Harper? never heard of it"..and then 5 minutes later the baby came out..and the nurse goes and I quote "oh my god..she looks just like a Harper"..and she was not being sarcastic either.....true story. we are prego again, and if it's a girl, we are going to do PIPER or FALLON." Mar. 22, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Harper. It is different and it suits her well. Yes, some people don't care for it at first because its not common but thats what we wanted. we wanted her to be unique but not outlandish. I think its a great name" Jul. 20, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "If we have another daughter, I would like to name her Harper. Still working on my husband with that one, but I think it's such a strong, beautiful name." May. 15, 2010: Report as inappropriate

      2 Negative Comments

  • "I'm not really keen on this name. It kind of reminds me of a housekeeper or something. Not that theirs anything wrong with that but that's my first image when I hear this name." Dec. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My middle name is Mary Harper as Mary was the first name of my great granny and Harper was her maiden name. Im wantin to call my wee girl Harper. I love having it as one of my names!! The author Harper Lee also had her middle name as Harper, her first name is actually Nelle." Aug. 7, 2009: Report as inappropriate

      8 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is Harper and I used to love it. It wasn't common but as soon as 2012-2018 hit, Harper was the go to name. So if you're thinking about naming your kid Harper but want a not so common name, either time travel back to the early 2000's or just don't." Jun. 13, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Harper and I like it a lot. I was named after Harper Lee. I will say though, I use to get a lot more compliments on it when it was less common, and it feels less special now, and that its gonna be associated with youth for a while. It meant more when fewer people had it and they were before my time. I was born in 1999 for reference." Oct. 22, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think any new name especially surnames takes time for people to adjust to it. Surnames are very popular right now to use for baby girl names. My sister-in-law just named her baby girl Harper. My in-laws were very shocked when they heard the name and didn't like it at first, but over time they eventually got use to it. It isn't a feminine or soft sounding name, the two "r" letters make it sound strong, bold, and diplomatic. It is different and many girls will have this new name. Many people are saying this name my be the new Jennifer." May. 15, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I absolutely LOVE this name for a girl! It's #1 on my favorites list right now! Harper Grace and Harper Jade are very pretty combinations." Apr. 16, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "This name has really grown on me. I was turned off at first but it sounds sweet and strong at the same time. My daughter now is Haylee and I'm pregnant with #2 and if its a girl I'm going to push for Harper. Also To Kill A Mockingbird is my favorite book of all time!" Jul. 16, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "beautiful name. love it. very whimsical yet dynamic. reminds me of Harper Lee, the author of "To Kill a Mockingbird."" Jan. 28, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the movie "Things we lost in the fire" to the comment below. anyways the name Harper seems to become more and more popular..i dont know why but it is. i know a number of people that had babies and named them Harper..i guess that name will grow on me but i just cant picture naming my kid harper. but thats just me. (=" Jan. 21, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm surprised to see that anyone has yet to comment on this name. I decided years ago that if I should someday have a daughter, her name might be Harper Grace. I believe Harper originally refers to those delivering news and information. A journalist, an informer, a wordsmith; Someone with wit and education and intellect. I think it's a strong name, with the name Grace following to soften it a bit. I also noticed in the movie "Things We Lost in the Fire," the daughter's name is Harper." Aug. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

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