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Harper Family History

Harper Name Meaning
English, Scottish, and Irish: occupational name for a player on the harp, from an agent derivative of Middle English, Middle Dutch harp ‘harp’. The harper was one of the most important figures of a medieval baronial hall, especially in Scotland and northern England, and the office of harper was sometimes hereditary. The Scottish surname is probably an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Chruiteir ‘son of the harper’ (from Gaelic cruit ‘harp’, ‘stringed instrument’). This surname has long been present in Ireland.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Harper Families

  • Number of Harper families
     634 - 1,265
     212 - 633
     1 - 211
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Harper families
     1,109 - 2,216
     370 - 1,108
     1 - 369
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Harper families
     343 - 684
     115 - 342
     1 - 114
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Harper Family Origin

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Harper Immigration Information

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Harper Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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