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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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Harper Family Origin

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Harper Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    43%
  • Laborer

    8%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farming

    4%

In 1880, the most common Harper occupation in the USA was Farmer. 43% of Harper's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Harper family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Harper.

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Harper Life Expectancy

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John Philip Sousa1854 - 1932 (77)
Abraham Lincoln1809 - 1865 (56)
Frank Lloyd Wright1867 - 1959 (91)
Martin Luther King, Jr.1929 - 1968 (39)
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