Harry: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Harry

Harry

Pronunciation: HA-ree (key)

Origin of the name Harry:

Originally an English cognate of the French Henri (home ruler, ruler of an enclosure), Harry is now usually regarded as a pet form of Henry instead of the legitimate original form, and is also used as a pet form of Harold and Harrison.

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Comments and insights on the name Harry: | Edit

I'm sorry, I had to point this out. But this page revolves around the boyband "One Direction". Look, even all rest of the member's names are in the siblings section. They aren't even brothers.

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My son is named Harry James. He is named after his paternal great-grandfathers - Harold (his grandfather's dad) and Harry (his grandmother's dad). We chose Harry rather than Harold as it is more modern and can be a name in its own right these days.

My husband's name is Harry, and I love it! He's named after his dad, who is also Harry. I think Harry is a great name!
The only thing he doesn't like about it is, people call him Harry Potter.

Nicknames for Harry: | Edit

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Harry itself is a nickname - for Harold or Henry (or Harriet)- but more recently has become a name in its own right.

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Famous real-life people named Harry: | Edit

Harry S. Truman - 33rd President of the United States
Prince Harry - younger son of Prince Charles
Harry Connick, Jr. - American singer and actor
Harry Hamlin - American actor
Harry Reasoner - American journalist
Harry Wayne Casey - lead singer KC & The Sunshine Band
Harry Lloyd - English actor
Harry Danning - American baseball player
Harry Turtledove - American novelist
Harry Styles - OneDirection

Harry Potter, Australian News reader
Harry Judd, member of McFly

Harry in song, story & screen: | Edit

Harry Potter, The Boy Who Lived, The Chosen One in the HARRY POTTER series by JK Rowling.
Dirty Harry (Callahan), character in movies played by Clint Eastwood
Harry Goldenblatt, warm and down-to-earth second husband of Charlotte York in the series "Sex and the City".
"I'm Just Wild About Harry", song by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle
In Norwegian, "harry" is a derogative slang term meaning "cheesy, lower-class, or vulgar". It derives from the fact that in the early 20th century, English first names like Harry were popular among the lower class.
Harry Mason, novelist, main character of survival-horror video game "Silent Hill"

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