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germanic  /  old english (anglo-saxon) 
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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Numerological Values:

Traits associated with the number 3 include advanced social skills and articulation. People with name-number 3 are delightful to speak to and are often successful orators or writers. They have a colorful imagination and enjoy life to the fullest.

Chakra Number:
3: The number of the Solar Plexus Chakra "Manipura"

Yellow. The centre of our being - the color of sunshine and the color of the third energy centre - the solar plexus chakra. The main energy of yellow is intellect. Do you like yellow color? Discover what yellow means and how it manifests in your body, mind, heart, and spirit.

Color meaning:

The color yellow relates to acquired knowledge. It is the color which resonates with the left or logic side of the brain stimulating our mental faculties and creating mental agility and perception. Being the lightest hue of the spectrum, the color psychology of yellow is uplifting and illuminating, offering hope, happiness, cheerfulness and fun. In the meaning of colors, yellow inspires original thought and inquisitiveness. Yellow is creative from a mental aspect, the color of new ideas, helping us to find new ways of doing things. It is the practical thinker, not the dreamer.

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Notable people and personalities​

Harper Carter (born 1939), American Entrepreneur
Harper Goff (1911–1993), American Artist, Musician, And Actor
Harper Lebel (born 1963), American Footballer
Harper Lee (born 1926), American Novelist
Harper Simon (born 1972), American Singer-songwriter
Harper Williams (born 1971), American Basketball Player