(REVISED) What Does the Name “Harper” Mean To You?

I just learned by watching the Weather Channel that the snowstorm du jour’s name is “Harper,” and “Harper” has already killed three people. Here’s a pic of snow at my house earlier this morning:


“Harper,” huh? Doesn’t sound very scary to me! I like the name  “Mateo” much better! More on point, what does the name “Harper” make YOU think of? I have a theory that whatever – or whomever you think of when you hear the name “Harper,” you will either show your age – or your level of education! Let’s talk about some famous Harpers, shall we?

Valerie Harper, aka Rhoda


Valerie Harper as Rhoda Morgenstern in the TV series Rhoda, which was a spin-off of the Mary Tyler Moore Show (she was Mary’s best friend)

Now I’ll admit the Mary Tyler Moore show and the spin-off Rhoda are both a bit before my time. And I’m not enough of a Nick at Night junkie to have bothered watching any reruns of either show. But it’s still seeped into my pop culture “subconscious” because of a couple of things – one, my mom’s old Mad magazines – and the movie Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion. There is a scene where the two female leads argue about which one is the Mary – and which one is the Rhoda. The implication is that if you’re the Mary you’re the pretty one, and Rhoda was the uglier one. I’ll go on record as saying I’m definitely more of a Rhoda than a Mary (even though I am not Jewish).

Harper’s Ferry 


If you’re a history buff, maybe the name “Harper” makes you think of John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry, which was one of many instigators of the U.S. Civil War.

Harper – Hipster Baby Name


As a female baby name, Harper has become immensely popular over the past 15 years.


Harper’s Bazaar – (The Fashion Magazine)



This must be the Russian edition of Harper’s Bazaar?


Harper Valley PTA


Barbara Eden in Harper Valley PTA. This was the title of a 1968 hit country song, a 1978 film and a TV sitcom that aired from 1981-1982 (I gotta feeling that this could be the subject of a  trivia question someday)! This was completely off my pop culture radar until my friend Kim commented on a Facebook post I made about Harper the Snowstorm! I guess a slutty mother is the whole premise? So kind of like Stiffler’s mom from American Pie?

Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird author)



I don’t know how I managed to escape high school without having to read To Kill a Mockingbird, though I DID have to read The Scarlet Letter, Ethan Frome and The Grapes of Wrath. I saw most of the Gregory Peck film adaptation a few years ago.




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