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Harper Surname History



The first family to use the name Harper lived in the area that was once the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. It is a name for 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.


Early Origins of the Harper family


The surname Harper was first found in Lennox, Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times.

Early History of the Harper family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harper research.
Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1603, 1100, 1579, 1639, 1700, 1680, 1741, 1496, 1496, 1574, 1566, 1585, 1638, 1616, 1669, 1645, 1681, 1679, 1741 and are included under the topic Early Harper History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Harper Spelling Variations


Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of Harper include Harper, Harpur, Harpar, Harepur and others.

Early Notables of the Harper family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Henry Harper, High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1496; Sir William Harpur (c.1496-1574), English merchant from Bedford who moved to London, became Lord Mayor of London and in 1566 he and his wife Dame Alice created...
Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Harper family to Ireland


Some of the Harper family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Harper family to the New World and Oceana


Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Harper were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

  • John Harper who was a resident of Virginia in 1607 and 1608

Harper Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Harper, who settled in Virginia in 1642
  • Patrick Harper, who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Patrick Harper, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Symon Harper, who landed in Virginia in 1654 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Francis Harper, who landed in Virginia in 1654 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Harper Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Harper, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Cha Harper, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Anthony Harper, was a servant of Oderin, about 1730
  • Simon Peter Harper, who landed in Georgia in 1738 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Jacob Harper, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Harper Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Harper, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Robert Harper, who arrived in America in 1805 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Mary Harper, who landed in America in 1805 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Jane Harper, who landed in America in 1805 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • James Harper, who arrived in America in 1805 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Harper Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Adele Gordon Harper, who landed in Alabama in 1929 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Harper Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Eliz Harper, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Harper, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mary Harper, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Samuel Harper, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Christopher Harper, aged 40, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1774
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Harper Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Nichol Harper, aged 34, who arrived in Canada in 1811
  • Michael Harper, aged 29, a carpenter, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Levant Star" from Cork, Ireland
  • Patrick Harper, who settled in Harbour Grace Parish in 1840

Harper Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Harper, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  • Barbara Harper, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Amphitrite" on August 21, 1833, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Amphitrite voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1833 with 99 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/amphitrite/1833
  • William Harper, who arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THE DUCHESS OF Northumberland - 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839DuchessOfNorthumberland.htm
  • Ruth Harper, who arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THE DUCHESS OF NORTHUMBERLAND - 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839DuchessOfNorthumberland.htm
  • John Harper, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Harper Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Titcomb Harper, aged 38, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • Sarah Harper, aged 13, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • Lebulan Harper, aged 12, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • Mr. Harper, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship "Bee" arriving in New Zealand in 1843 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Mrs. Harper, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship "Bee" arriving in New Zealand in 1843 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Harper (post 1700)


  • Donald de Wayne "Don" Harper (1932-2017), American gold medalist diver at the 1955 Pan American Games, Olympic silver medalist at the 1956 Summer Games
  • C. Michael Harper (1927-2016), American businessman, CEO of ConAgra Foods from 1975 to 1993
  • Michael Steven Harper (1938-2016), American poet, Poet Laureate of Rhode Island from 1988 to 1993
  • Irving Harper (1916-2015), American industrial designer
  • Lieutenant-General Robert Wells Harper (1900-1982), American Commanding General Air Training Command (1948-1954) [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 9) Robert Harper. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Harper/Robert_Wells/USA.html
  • Major-General Arthur McKinley Harper (1893-1972), American Commandant of the Armored School (1950) [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 9) Arthur Harper. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Harper/Arthur_McKinley/USA.html
  • William Joseph Harper (1790-1847), American (Antigua born), jurist, politician, and social and political theorist
  • Valerie Harper (b. 1940), American actress
  • John Chandler Harper (1914-2004), American professional golfer
  • William Rainey Harper (1856-1906), American educator and biblical scholar, who was the first president of the University of Chicago
  • ... (Another 138 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Harper family



HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Walter J Harper, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  • Mr. Arthur Molyneaux Harper, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales May 1941 and died at the battle of Denmark Strait, before the sinking of the HMS Prince of Wales [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html

HMS Royal Oak

  • Richard Ross James Harper (1919-1939), British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [10]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. John Henry Harper, English 1st Class Passenger from Redditch, Worcestershire, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [11]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/

RMS Titanic

  • The Reverend John John Harper (d. 1912), aged 39, English Second Class passenger from London, England who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [12]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  • Miss Annie Jessie "Nina" Harper, aged 6, English Second Class passenger from London, England who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 11 [12]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  • Mrs. Myna Harper, (née Haxtun), aged 49, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 3 [12]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  • Mr. Henry Sleeper Harper, aged 48, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 3 [12]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html

Suggested Readings for the name Harper


  • The Harpers of Pulaski and Rockcastle Counties, Kentucky: A Genealogical and Historical Narrative by Joseph Doyle Harper.
  • The Harpers of Virginia, West Virginia, and Mississippi by Frank O'Beirne.

See Also



Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Amphitrite voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1833 with 99 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/amphitrite/1833
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THE DUCHESS OF NORTHUMBERLAND - 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839DuchessOfNorthumberland.htm
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 9) Robert Harper. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Harper/Robert_Wells/USA.html
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 9) Arthur Harper. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Harper/Arthur_McKinley/USA.html
  9. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  10. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  11. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  12. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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