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Meaning and Origin of: Harp

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old Norse : Whaler
  • Old Norse : Whaler

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • English and Scottish : metonymic occupational name for a harpist (see Harper), or occasionally a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a harp.
  • English : habitational name from a minor place such as Harp House in Eastwood, Essex, or South Harp in South Petherton, Somerset, denoting a place where salt was produced, from Old English hearpe ‘harp’, an implement used in the processing of salt. Compare Harpham.
  • German : metonymic occupational name for a harpist, from Middle High German harpfe ‘harp’.
  • German : variant of Harpe.