The first family to use the name Haper 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 Haper family
The surname Haper was first found in Lennox
, where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Haper family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haper 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 Haper History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Haper 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 Haper include Harper, Harpur, Harpar, Harepur and others.
Early Notables of the Haper family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
from early times was Henry Harper, High Sheriff
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 Haper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Haper family to Ireland
Some of the Haper 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 Haper 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 Haper 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. Another John settled in the same colony in 1642. Patrick Harper settled in Virginia in 1653. In Newfoundland, Anthony Harper, was a servant of Oderin, about 1730.
The Haper Motto
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.