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The HARPER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 119,868 226 0.044 444
United States (1880 census) 26,972 189 0.054 539
Change since 1880 +92896 -37 -0.01 -95
Other Countries
Australia 4,805 302 0.029 294
United Kingdom 26,842 193 0.058 584
Top States for HARPER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 9,414 252 0.045 451
Georgia 8,469 86 0.103 1,035
California 7,635 423 0.023 225
Florida 7,052 251 0.044 441
Ohio 6,020 176 0.053 530
Top States for HARPER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
West Virginia 2,173 73 0.120 1,202
Mississippi 3,077 117 0.108 1,082
Georgia 8,469 86 0.103 1,035
Alabama 4,277 139 0.096 962
Arkansas 2,139 140 0.080 800


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called HARPER live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called HARPER represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called HARPER in Texas than any other state, but you are more likely to find a HARPER by picking someone at random in West Virginia than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of HARPER

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Occupational Name

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the HARPER surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the HARPER surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of HARPER in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 719 0.6
Asian/Pacific 432 0.36
White (Caucasian) 84,051 70.12
Black/African American 30,734 25.64
Mixed Race 2,122 1.77
White (Hispanic) 1,798 1.5

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the HARPER surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of HARPER in historical publications

HARPER. A performer on the harp.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to HARPER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as HARPER.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for HARPER

The following words are slight variants of HARPER that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.