Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Piper

The name Piper is the transferred use of a surname originating as an occupational name – from the Middle English “pipere” signifying someone who played the pipes. The word “pipere” comes from the Germanic “pfeife” which means ‘whistle, pipe.’ The surname developed after the Norman Conquest of 1066 in the Middle Ages. The Piper’s music is usually associated with leadership – people naturally follow the enchantment of their music. Like the Harper in the Middle Ages, the Piper possessed an important musical artistic value throughout England, Scotland and Ireland. Even Chaucer wrote about a Piper in his 14th century Canterbury Tales: “A baggepipe cowde he blawe and sowne / And with al he broulif us out of towne” (modern translation: “He blew the bagpipe, knew it up and down, / And played it as he brought us out of town”). We just always seem to see Pipers leading the way.

All About the Baby Name – Piper

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME PIPER

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME PIPER

Piper is a female given name in America. Even though we know it’s been around longer given some of her older namesakes out there, the name doesn’t actually appear on the U.S. popularity graphs for the first time until 1999. That makes Piper a very new addition to the panoply of American girl names. The name Piper debuts on the charts at position #701 – low usage, but a respectable entry nonetheless. We suspect Piper Perabo helped advance the name during a brief period of her popularity in 2000. It’s an unusual name and she’s a pretty girl, so American parents responded. In the next ten plus years, the name advances over 550 positions on the charts. Today, it’s getting closer to landing on the Top 100 list of most favored girl’s name, and we expect it will if its current trajectory sustains. The northern states have already embraced Piper, and she’s a favorite in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. These are the colder states where people are confined to the indoors longer – we think this gives them a higher appreciation for music to brighten the atmosphere. We love the name Piper for several reasons: it’s a bright, upbeat and happy name. It belongs to the “P” category of girl’s names (there aren’t many compared to overused letters like A, J, K and M) so it feels distinctively different. There are no nicknames or variations, so it stands alone and confident. And we think it’s a name of leadership – just look at the numerology connection!

Quick Facts

ON PIPER

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

97

PRONUNCIATION:

PIE-per

SIMPLE MEANING:

Pipe player

Characteristics

OF PIPER

Independent

Individualistic

Ambitious

Strong-willed

Inventive

Successful

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Piper

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME PIPER

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Piper

Popular Songs

ON PIPER

Peter Piper
a song by Run DMC

When the Piper Calls
a song by China Crisis

The Piper Calls the Tune
a song by UB40

The Piper
a song by ABBA

Piper at the Gates of Dawn
a song by Van Morrison

Piper
a song by Phish

Pied Piper
a song by Jethro Tull

Famous People

NAMED PIPER

Piper Perabo (actress)
Piper Laurie (actress)
Piper Gilles (figure skater)

Children of Famous People

NAMED PIPER

Sarah Palin;

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME PIPER

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Piper