Middle name for Harper and...

(55 Posts)
mamaLou13 Fri 14-Sep-12 21:34:20

I have whittled down my choice for a baby girls name to either Harper or Poppy ( but Dh hates Poppy.... still working on it though as he named dd1). Can't think of a good middle name though. Dd1's middle name is Grace. I thought Harper Rose was quite nice but have gone off it. Harper Poppy just doesnt't go either!
Any suggestions?

MrsJohnDeere Fri 14-Sep-12 21:34:55


<runs away>

deleted203 Fri 14-Sep-12 21:37:21

Lee.....have you read 'To Kill A Mockingbird?'.

Nancyclancy Fri 14-Sep-12 21:50:03

Harper Simone
Harper Jane
Harper Faith
Harper Nicole
Harper Tallulah
Harper Alice
Harper Jean
Harper Margerite
Harper Frances
Harper Fleur

Gwennan Fri 14-Sep-12 21:55:16

I think you need to choose a feminine middle name with Harper, which is gender-neutral and more commonly a surname.

Rose is a little overdone in the middle slot so how about something soft ike:

Harper Alexandra
Harper Josephine
Harper Rosemary
Harper Violet
Harper Evangeline
Harper Lucille
Harper Genevieve
Harper Abigail
Harper Elizabeth
Harper Caroline
Harper Daisy

Harper is really trendy at the minute (plenty of star babies with the name, not just Half Past Seven Beckham) so I'd choose a classic middle name.

You might want to consider the name Heather as well.

mamaLou13 Fri 14-Sep-12 22:05:20

Definately not Lee or Seven, Yes have read 'To Kill A Mockingbird' . I quite like Harper Faith. I still love Poppy but stupid Dh won't budge!! I like Harper too but it's just the beckham association that i am not keen on.

mamaLou13 Fri 14-Sep-12 22:06:39

Gwennan I take it you are Welsh? I know alot of welsh people (My family being a few of them) who think the Beckham baby sounds like Half past seven!

Harper Mary.

Mum8 Fri 14-Sep-12 22:28:59

Harper Lilly
Harper May
Harper Grace
Harper Eva

Zavi Fri 14-Sep-12 22:39:43

Dreadful name. Just awful. Imagine - you're going to be in the playground shouting"Harper! Harper! " and pretty much everyone there else is going to be sniggering at you going - OMG, the kids called Harper!

RaisinDEtre Fri 14-Sep-12 23:17:50

hope you don't live in SW/cider country

''ARRRRRper, ARRRRRRper come eeeeere''

notso Fri 14-Sep-12 23:20:47

Harper Willow.

TudorJess Fri 14-Sep-12 23:25:01

Poppy is lovely, much nicer than Harper.

Poppy Louisa
Poppy Melissa
Poppy Cara

OrangeandGoldMrsDeVere Fri 14-Sep-12 23:33:25

Harper is a lovely name.
I agree that a classic and feminine middle name would suit.

Harper Willow is very nice as suggested by notso.
Harper Linnet
Harper Clarissa
Harper Evangeline

But I tend to be a bit on the 'out there' end of the naming spectrum (specially by MN standards so what do I know grin)

mamaLou13 Sat 15-Sep-12 10:05:41

OrangeandGoldMrsDeVere Thank you so am i. I don't want an emma or sophie as many MNers would suggest i prefer somthing a bit different and Zavi Thanks but the thread is not asking you're opinion on the names it is asking for suggestions for a middle name. We have made our choice and are happy with it. If you are the type of parent that stands in the playground with other mus and dads sniggering at other children's names then i can only hope my children do not go to the same school as your children. I will teach them not to be phased by these kinds of people.

Harper Willow is lovley Dh suggested that, It is Dave Grouhl from Nirvarna's daughters name but it is really sweet.
Thank yu for the suggestions.

Biggem Sat 15-Sep-12 10:07:08

I am having Harper Christine if that helps!
After DH's mum

puds11 Sat 15-Sep-12 10:09:27

Personally i think the Beckham association is to big to call her harper. I don't know any other harpers, and if you mentioned it i would instantly think of the Beckhams.

noddyholder Sat 15-Sep-12 10:12:31

It is beckham'd forever now I wouldn't and I know a harper who is 10 or 11 and she is most put out at the association grin. It would look like you had named her after a celeb baby

mamaLou13 Sat 15-Sep-12 10:17:19

There are a few other Harpers such as Dave Groughl's daughter, middle name of the author of 'To kill a mockingbird' Neil Harris and of course the Beckhams but i guess they are more in the public eye and people who follow celebs (which is a lot) will think i of them first!
The thing is that i am not so keen on the meaning it just means harp player and my dd1's name has got quite a good meaning behind it and why we chose it so i would like the same for dc2 rather than just saying "we just liked that name on the list" It doesn't seem fair somehow.

noddyholder Sat 15-Sep-12 10:19:29

Before the beckham thing I would have said yes as its a lovely name but I think they have made it tabloid! Not sure why but it has cheapened it and i think there will be many in the next few years at school.

I think it goes with Daisy really nicely.

Trying not to sound mean.......it's not a nice name is it? It sounds like "harping on", imagine shouting "harper" when child is naughty.
But i imagine you like it very much & are still going to use it so how about double barrelling it with a very feminine name such as Marie so as to make it sound more girly?

DinosaursOnASpaceship Sat 15-Sep-12 11:45:37

I can only think of Harper Valley PTA (Dolly Parton song that I love)

Harper Elizabeth
Harper Marie
Harper Joanne
Harper Samantha
Harper Danielle
Harper Elisha
Harper Alexandra

Nahla321 Sat 15-Sep-12 11:57:21

As someone else suggested Harper Willow is beautiful.

garlicnutty Sat 15-Sep-12 11:57:36

Out of the suggestions posted so far, my favourite is Harper Marie.
Marie makes a nice rhythm with the name and I can't find a way to make a joke out of it (I have the mind of a snotty 10-year-old boy). Her initials would be H.M. which tickles me somewhat smile

Or Harper Louise? When she goes through the phase of not liking her name, she can concatenate the middle to make "Pearl".

garlicnutty Sat 15-Sep-12 11:58:34

xposted - Harper Willow is lovely!

DamnTheManSaveTheEmpire Sat 15-Sep-12 19:48:33

I think harper is a beautiful name, I prefer it to poppy although think poppy is also a nice name.

Middle name suggestions :

Harper sophia
Haper Ann
Harper Olivia
Harper Marie
Haper Mae

Really like the harper grace suggestion

Poppy Louisa
Poppy Mae or may
Poppy vernonica

DamnTheManSaveTheEmpire Sat 15-Sep-12 19:49:05

Sorry meant to say harper willow suggestion not grace

NotInGuatemalaNowDrRopata Sat 15-Sep-12 19:52:38

I think it's a stunning name. However, there's a risk of it being shortened to Harpie which would not be cool.

OTOH, I agree that Harper Willow sounds pretty.

Redbindy Sat 15-Sep-12 20:07:05

Harper Chondria would be my choice for a girl, Harper Chondriak if a boy should unexpectedly pop out.

LemonLovesLilac Sat 15-Sep-12 22:10:01

Harper Juno

mathanxiety Sun 16-Sep-12 06:53:23

Harper Laurel
Harper Marley
Harper Kathryn
Harper Madeleine
Harper Anneliese
Harper Annabel
Harper Joy
Harper Evelyn
Harper Elinor
Harper Alannah
Harper Noelle
Harper Genevieve

PurplyWurply Tue 18-Sep-12 01:47:33

If you like Poppy, would you consider Willow for a first name? To me, Willow has a soothing sound. You could use Harper as a middle name, like Harper Lee?

Pudgy2011 Tue 18-Sep-12 03:01:58

If DS was a girl, he would have been named Harper Marise (Marise is my sister's middle name and aunt's name).

We both really liked Harper but we did reconsider when the Beckham's used it a couple of months before our baby was born, not because we stopped liking the name nor do we dislike the Beckhams but I wanted a slightly quirky name and knew that Harper was going to bounce straight up the popular name stakes.

I still really like it, I think it does need a pretty middle name though.

SomersetONeil Tue 18-Sep-12 04:46:16

Has it gone up in the popularity stake though...? hmm

I would've thought way more people are now actively avoiding it because of the Beckham association, rather than copying it...

I suppose - without wanting to sound like an unmitigated snob although I realise I will anyway - it probably is copied in certain echelons.

corblimeymadam Tue 18-Sep-12 05:27:48

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Goldensunnydays81 Tue 18-Sep-12 05:50:37

Harper Rae,
I like the name harper but also love poppy!

Pudgy2011 Tue 18-Sep-12 19:19:57

Yes, it's jumped 61 places on nameberry (if you follow that kind of thing):

"Harper is a red hot name for girls, having jumped an impressive 61 places between 2010 and 2011. Harper has been a shooting star in the celebrisphere, chosen first by Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulis, followed by Lisa Marie Presley, David Spade, Dave Grohl, Martie Maguire, Tiffani Thiessen, and Neil Patrick Harris. And now that the Beckhams have chosen it for their first daughter, Harper is sure to get even hotter."

And Somerset I understand exactly what you mean and I agree.

worldcitizen Tue 18-Sep-12 19:56:10

The suggested Harper Christine and Harper Lucille sound great.

And I love Poppy. I just love that name. Can't help it smile

CheerfulYank Tue 18-Sep-12 22:03:52

I like Harper Grace or Harper Elizabeth. smile

DancehallDaze Wed 19-Sep-12 11:19:59

Really horrible name. Wait till she finds out what a harpy is. Or her schoolmates do.

OrangeandGoldMrsDeVere Wed 19-Sep-12 16:29:17

Great logic Dancehall.
That's why I didn't call my DD Sophie, to avoid the horror of her being tormented with Sofa based insults.

Pudgy2011 Wed 19-Sep-12 16:31:12

<snorts with laughter at Orange and imagines the sofa based insults>


DancehallDaze Wed 19-Sep-12 18:38:40

Nothing wrong with Sophie, or sofas grin

mathanxiety Wed 19-Sep-12 19:27:37

DD1's friend Sophie proudly answered to Sofa from age 12 onwards.

I would think Harpy or Harpic. Would also feel you are a bit of a Beckham hanger on. Actually have a Cruz in the family and get a lot of "wtf, as in Beckham" comments.

Inmate Thu 20-Sep-12 01:52:30

Agree, you will just look like a Beckham wannabee. They're just rich plebs.

outforlunch Thu 20-Sep-12 09:52:24

Bringing it back to middle names... (the poster has already said she isn't looking for opinions on the first names!)

Mathanxiety has already mentioned two that I was thinking about - Harper Evelyn and Harper Catherine. BUT, could Harper Evelyn be transmogrified to half-past-eleven, given the half-past-seven precedent? Harper Rosalind could also be nice if you have a short surname.

Agree Harper Poppy doesn't work, but I think Poppy Harper really does!

DancehallDaze Thu 20-Sep-12 10:30:15

What about Harper Sixpence?
It's better than Harper Penny


corblimeymadam Thu 20-Sep-12 10:42:19

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

InspectorGadget Tue 09-Jul-13 00:00:04

Oh dear oh dear oh dear. I have absolutely no idea why I just typed 'Harper' (my daughters name) in to the search box. Why the fuck did I do that?? Sheesh. Good to know what to expect in terms of ignorant assumptions and 'jokes' once she gets to school though, so cheers for that.
She was 12 weeks old when the Beckham's news broke and I was DEVASTATED. Cried for a whole day. Cannot stand Beckhams. Not into celebrity names in any way shape or form. Had she been born afterwards I would definitely not have used it so in a way I'm glad because I adore the name, she suits it down to the ground and I would have been sad to have had a girl and not be able to use my fabouritist name.
I wonder which name OP chose in the end.
Mine is Harper Lily btw.

natandmat Tue 09-Jul-13 22:27:54

My little girl has 2 middle names, Harper Rose, she is 4 so was named way before the Beckhams!! I love the name!

Rtfairy Wed 10-Jul-13 22:31:37

Harper Rose is pretty, also think Harper Willow has a lovely ring to it.

Inspector gadget Harper Lily is a lovely name, try not to be affected by other people's opinions.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Wed 10-Jul-13 23:55:25

Last time I heard someone debating using Harper they contemplated Zoe with it.

If you scan through this whole section InspectorGadget there will probably be many names subjected to random critical opinions so please don't worry your DD's name is any more susceptible to adverse comment than any other. It seems particularly harsh when an OP says they have definitely selected that name confused but posters answering a What do you think? thread will give honest forthright views.

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