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Updated May 24, 2023

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Girl name origins & meanings

Girl Name Origins & Meanings

  • English : Pipe or Flute Player

What does Piper mean and stand for?

The name Piper is an English occupational name and means "piper or flute player." It was used a surname until it appeared in Charmed in 1998, at which point it took off as a given name.

Syllables: 2

How Popular Is The Name Piper

Family name origins & meanings

  • English (mainly southern), Dutch, and North German : occupational name for a player on the pipes, Middle English pipere, Middle Dutch pi(j)per, Middle Low German piper.
  • Translation of German Pfeiffer, or of the French secondary surname Lefifre.

Famous people who gave their babies this name


According to Social Security Administration data, Piper has been consistently popular, remaining in the top 100 since 2012. It has toggled in the upper half of the top 100s for years; nevertheless, making quite the jump from rank 510 in 2000.

However, it is the 22nd most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Piper was at its peak popularity in July 2016.

Piper is a musical name that became quite popular after appearing in the TV show Charmed. It also appeared in Orange is the New Black (based on the true Piper Kerman) and was chosen for daughters of Gillian Anderson and Cuba Gooding, Jr. Piper Campbell, Piper Curda, Piper Madison, and Piper Perab are all notable namesakes.

Where is it Popular?

Piper was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Piper

  • Pip
  • Pippa
  • Pippy

Pairs well with these middle names


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