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*HARPǬ > HEARPE -ER

Harper is a twelfth century Scottish family name that has also seen popularity as a given name, and means "player on the harp". The name is believed to have originated in the Dalriadan region of Scotland, especially in the Lennox district, and is associated with Clan Buchanan. Harper is the anglicization of the German family name "Härpfer", from Old English "hearpe" with the addition of the agent suffix "-er", from Proto-Germanic "*harpǭ". The name Harper is now one of the thirty most popular names in the united states.

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