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Where did the Scottish Harper family come from? What is the Scottish Harper family crest and coat of arms? When did the Harper family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Harper family history?Harper comes from the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland. It was a name for a person who worked as a person who occupies the role of "harper". In ancient times the harper was considered an important figurehead whereby Brehon laws stated that the elegance and music of the harp "deserved" a noble status.
Historical recordings of the name Harper include many spelling variations. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include Harper, Harpur, Harpar, Harepur and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harper research. Another 395 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1603, 1100, 1579, 1639, 1700, 1680, 1741, 1496, 1574, 1566, 1585, 1638, 1616, 1669, 1645, 1681, 1679 and 1741 are included under the topic Early Harper History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 137 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Harper family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Harper family emigrate to North America:
Harper Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Harper Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Harper Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Harper Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Et suavis et fortis
Motto Translation: Pleasant and brave.
The Harper Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Harper Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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