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Harper for a boy

(25 Posts)
snitchintimesavesnine Sat 20-Jun-09 01:04:07

My sister emailed me to ask my opinion on her names. The list is only four names long Charlie, William and Joseph are the others.
Harper is the favourite. I'm not keen and I thought it was a girls name.
Would you try to put her off it, or do you all like it? She has asked me after all.

Thunderduck Sat 20-Jun-09 01:12:31

No. It's much too feminine. It wouldn't work imho.

Scorpette Sat 20-Jun-09 01:21:32

The only reason people know of Harper as a name is cos of Harper Lee, the woman who wrote To Kill A Mockingbird, so people will think of it as feminine, although it's not, necessarily. Harper was actually quite a masculine name to give a little girl, but it's common to give kids of either sex surnames as first names in America.

Maninadirndl Sat 20-Jun-09 01:24:00

Bound to be called Harpic in school.

mrswoolf Sat 20-Jun-09 13:14:13

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

PeppermintPatty Sat 20-Jun-09 16:38:58

I know a baby boy called Harper.

MaggieBeau Sat 20-Jun-09 16:42:17


BunnyLebowski Sat 20-Jun-09 16:43:10

Bad enough for a girl, frigging woeful for a boy....Charlie, William and Joseph are all lovely (if safe) names.

sliceoflife Sat 20-Jun-09 16:46:27

no, no no!

janeite Sat 20-Jun-09 16:53:28

I don't like it. Joseph is the best from her list imho.

Firawla Sun 21-Jun-09 11:58:42

I don't like it for either but it's definitely classed as a girl's name so may lead to teasing on a boy

Momino Mon 22-Jun-09 15:21:24

Gregory Peck's grandson is called Harper.

We've just called our dd3 Harper. i love the name but was a bit unsure about it at first as a lot of people did think it a boy's name

someone asked me 'the baby's name as we were out on a walk, i said it was Harper and he said, 'ah, a boy then?'...

IMO i think it works for both.

ilikeyoursleeves Mon 22-Jun-09 15:35:40

I know a girl called Harper!

CliffordtheBigRedCat Mon 22-Jun-09 15:38:00

Sorry dont like it

prefer Charles, William and Joseph

MamaLazarou Mon 22-Jun-09 15:40:00

They will call him Parper at school.

Talking of Harper Lee, I am currently loving Atticus.

heavenstobetsy Mon 22-Jun-09 15:47:43

I've kind of surprised myself by quite liking it actually!

...... as for your sister, even though she has asked for your opinion it doesn't actually means she wants it especially if you are about to tell her you don't like her favourite name. I'd tread carefully if I were you

mrsradders Mon 22-Jun-09 15:58:13

oh i like Harper i do think of it as a boys name though.

I have friends whose last name is Harper and hubby gets refered to as Harper.

I wouldn't choose it for a girl as i prefer girly names, but it is personal choice and if you know it is your sisters fav then i would say you like it.

Hulababy Mon 22-Jun-09 16:03:49

I don't like Harper, sorry. Charlie, William and Joseph are all lovely and much nicer IMO.

Have also never heard of Harper for a boy although it does actually sound more masculine. Mind you have only heard it as a girl's name once, and that is on some children's programme.

screamingabdab Mon 22-Jun-09 19:29:15

It is a girls name. As a general rule I don't like Surnames-as-First-Names, but Harper is an exception because it is such a good book. (IMVHO).

screamingabdab Mon 22-Jun-09 19:29:56

The others are all good, solid boys names. Not to be sniffed at.

janeite Mon 22-Jun-09 19:30:48

Atticus is "lovely".

MrsMcCluskey Mon 22-Jun-09 19:32:03

Its a girls name

janeite Mon 22-Jun-09 19:32:05

Agh - first time I've tried to bold and I failed because my keyboard has gone mad. It is a LOVELY name! lovely

hana Mon 22-Jun-09 19:35:51

like it as a girls name

charles is v wet name
as is joseph

like William (Will)

ThePhantomPlopper Mon 22-Jun-09 19:37:08

It's a girls name, but I prefer it as boy's name. Problem is, it sounds like a surname.

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