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Quick Facts on Harry

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 707
Simple meaning:
Ruler of the home

Characteristics of Harry

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Harry

Harry developed as a medieval English form of Henri (French form of the German Heinrich) but eventually lost favor to Henry (although remained as a diminutive of Henry). Evidence of the name’s pet form usage comes to us via William Shakespeare’s “Henry V” in which the disobedient future king is referred to as “Prince Harry” (or Hal by Falstaff). We are also familiar with the name thanks to the current-day Prince Harry (born Henry), the impish second son of Charles and Diana of Great Britain and third in line to the English throne. Adding further English currency to the name Harry is none other than the beloved Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling’s ϋber-popular magical protagonist. Harry is one of those charming pet names that has been around for centuries thanks to the popularity of Henri/Heinrich. The more traditional Henry finds its roots in the Germanic words “haim” and “rīc” which translates to “home” and “ruler, power”, respectively. Hence, the meaning of the name Henry (and thus Harry) is “Powerful Ruler of the Home”. The name originated with the French (Henri) and was brought to Britain by the Normans in the Middle Ages, although the English originally adopted the name as “Harry” at first. By the 1600s, Henry became the standard, and Harry is now thought of as the pet form. It is also sometimes considered a short form of Harold (which means “leader of the army”). Although Harry is no longer very popular in the United States, it is a Top 10 favorite in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It is also quite popular in Ireland, Australia and Sweden.

Popularity of the Name Harry

Harry has long been used as an independently given name in America. Maybe not as common or popular as Henry, but he’s held his own on the charts remarkably well. Harry welcomed in the 20th century hovering around the Top 10. In fact, Harry remained a Top 100 favorite up until 1958. Harry S. Truman helped to keep the name in the American spotlight in the 1940s. From the 1960s onward, Harry began his slow and steady decline down the charts. In fact, his downwards trajectory continues on the charts despite the super popularity of the Harry Potter books and films. Henry, on the other hand, is on the upswing. We’re not quite sure why Harry lost his luster; perhaps American parents don’t like the “hairy” connotation (which is really only an American pronunciation; the English say “HAH-ree”). It’s also considered a little too “middle-aged” by today’s naming styles (at least in the U.S.). Harry is too reminiscent of Barry, Larry and Gary (other favorite names from the 1940s and 50s). It’s also the term often used to suggest one has been “harried” (harassed or pestered). Still, these issues appear to be America's problem because the name Harry remains quite popular in all other English-speaking nations. Even Hank is more popular in America today than Harry.
Popularity of the Boy Name Harry
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Harry

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Harry

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Harry

    Harry Haller (Steppenwolf) Harry Haller is the protagonist of German author Herman Hesse’s 1927 fantasy novel, Steppenwolf (the lone wolf of the steppes). Harry is a man divided against himself; on the one hand he realizes he is part of the restrictive bourgeois culture that he scorns, and on the other, he is part wolf, unrestrained and hedonistic. He embraces his creature comforts and despises himself for doing so; he gives in to his baser instincts and follows the path of the wolf. Conflicted and frustrated, it often seems that the only true course is out – by way of one’s own hand. The mystical deus-ex-machina of the novel takes over, and Harry is led on a mysterious journey into the very nether regions of his own heart and soul. Ultimately, Harry learns to accept what is, and to accept it wholeheartedly, with both love and laughter, for that is all he has. To opt in, not out, is the most courageous act of all. A movie of the same title was made in 1974, with Max von Sydow as Harry Haller – he is close to perfect in his capturing of the nuances of this tormented, but tenacious, soul.

    Harry Potter (Harry Potter Series) Harry Potter is arguably the most famous fictional boy in history, as J. K. Rowling’s young wizard in her best selling series of books, starting in 1997 and reaching seven in number finally. Young British actor Daniel Radcliffe is inextricably identified with him due to the film series. Harry is a true modern hero, whose story includes being orphaned, being raised in an unfriendly household, and taking his place at Hogwarts. Here his real story begins - magic, wizardry, mayhem, mystery and perhaps the biggest adventure of all – coming of age in the world. Harry weathers every storm, not because he is super-human, but because he is very much human, one of us, no matter his mystic origins. Throughout the series he grows, not only physically, but in those character traits that make for a good and upstanding man. Harry retains his initial modesty and good nature, while he strives for and attains courage and moral strength. And we’re just wild about Harry!

  • Popular Songs on Harry

    Popular Songs on Harry

    Don't Bring Harry - a song by The Stranglers

    Harry - a song by Janis Joplin

    Harry - a song by Macy Gray

    Harry & Rhonda - a song by Frank Zappa

    Harry and Joe - a song by Don Williams

    Harry Braff - a song by The Bee Gees

    Harry Hood - a song by Phish

    Harry Rag - a song by The Kinks

    I'm Just Wild about Harry - a song by Judy Garland

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Harry

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Harry

    Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs (Ian Whybrow) - Harry finds some old dinosaurs in his Grandma’s attic. He cleans them up and makes them his own, carefully (and accurately) naming each one. Harry and his dinosaurs go everywhere together. But one day, after an exciting train ride, Harry accidentally leaves the dinosaurs on the train. Silly, charming illustrations accompany this whimsical text of a child being a child. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Harry and the Lady Next Door (Gene Zion) - Harry′s had it! The lady next door sings too loudly and too often, but every time Harry tries to stop her he gets in trouble. Can Harry solve the neighborhood′s problem before he′s sent to the doghouse? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Harry by the Sea (Gene Zion) - Harry, a friendly little dog on a visit to the seashore, is mistaken for a sea serpent when a big wave covers him with seaweed.The School Library Journal says: “‘Very few children can resist [the stories about] Harry. The ridiculous but somehow plausible situations capture even the most reluctant reader.” Recommended for ages 2-6.

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (J.K. Rowling) - Book One of the massively popular Harry Potter series. Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That's because he's being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he's really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colorful faculty at his unusual school, Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny. Next titles in the series in chronological order starting with Book two: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix; Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Recommended for ages 9+

    Harry Putter and the Chamber of Cheesecakes (Timothy R. O'Donnell) - Kindle edition. "The Chamber of Cheesecakes has been opened. Dieters Beware!" reads the sinister warning in this hysterical parody of J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series. In this farce all of your favorite Harry Potter characters, places, and past events have been twisted around with devilish wit. You'll follow the adventures of Harry Putter, Ron Cheesley, and Hermione Stranger in their sixth year at school, seventh if you count preschool. While some of the encounters are spoofs reminiscent of the original tales, others are new, keeping the storyline fresh and unpredictable. If you like the original Harry Potter series, you'll love this crazy parody. Recommended for ages 10+

    Harry the Dirty Dog (Gene Zion) - Harry was a white dog with black spots who liked everything, except getting a bath. Taking matters into his own paws, he buries his family's scrubbing brush in the backyard and runs away from home before they can wrangle him into the tub. Harry gets dirty playing in the street, dirtier at the railroad, and dirtier still playing tag with the other dogs. When sliding down the coal chute, he actually changes from a white dog with black spots to a black dog with white spots! Of course, by the time he gets home he is completely unrecognizable to his family--even when he does all his clever flip-flopping tricks. In a stroke of doggy genius, he unearths the bath brush, begs for a bath, and the rest is history. Recommended for ages 2-8.

    Horrible Harry in Room 2B (Suzy Kline) - Doug discovers that though being Harry's best friend in Miss Mackle's second grade class isn't always easy, as Harry likes to do horrible things, it is often a lot of fun. This is the first book in a series of over 30 “Horrible Harry” titles. The series is designed to teach reading while following the funny misadventures of Harry as told through the eyes of his best friend Doug. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    No Roses for Harry! (Gene Zion) - The popular hero of Harry the Dirty Dog does his best to be rid of Grandmother’s birthday present—a silly green sweater with yellow roses. School Library Journal says: “Will bring laughter and sympathy. Recommended for all picture book collections.” Recommended for ages 2-6.

    The Horse in Harry's Room (Syd Hoff) - Harry keeps a horse in his room. A trusty horse only he can see. But then his parents take him to the country to see "real" horses. Horses that are free to run, kick, and nibble. Now Harry must decide: Does his horse need to be free, too? Recommended for ages 4-7.

  • Famous People Named Harry

    Famous People Named Harry

    Famous People Named Harry - Harry S. Truman (U.S. President); Prince Harry of Wales (born Henry, English royalty); Harry Connick, Jr. (singer); Harry Belafonte (singer); Harry Houdini (magician); Harry Chapin (musician); Bing Crosby (born Harry Cosby, actor/singer); Harry Shearer (actor and voice artist); Harry Morgan (actor); Harry Caray (sportscaster); Harry Warren (composer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Harry

    Children of Famous People Named Harry

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Harry - David Letterman (TV personality); Bing Crosby (singer/actor); James Garfield (U.S. President); Richard Dryfuss (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Harry - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Harry S. Truman (8 May 1884 – 26 Dec 1972) - Harry S. Truman was America’s 33rd President serving between 1945 and 1953. Truman assumed the presidency after Roosevelt's death on April 12, 1945. Americans were stunned, still grieving and nervous about this man they hardly felt they knew. Truman was a farmer from Missouri, turned businessman, turned politician. He was plain-spoken, called it like he saw it, and had much common sense to make up for what he lacked in formal education. Known for his "The Buck Stops Here" sign on his desk, Truman had the courage to make politically controversial decisions. One such decision was dropping the Atomic Bomb, forcing the Japanese to surrender - a decision that was believed to have saved the lives of 500,000 to one million American troops and put a final end to the long and difficult World War II. His presidency will be remembered for the A Bomb, but also the Truman Doctrine (an ultimately unsuccessful containment policy on the spread of communism) and the Marshall Plan (U.S. participation in the reconstruction of Europe). Often overlooked, Truman also took the first bold steps toward the end of segregation. His wife "Bess" (Elizabeth) was the love of his life and they, with their only daughter Margaret, formed a close-knit family bond. Truman often referred to his wife as "the Boss" and his daughter as "the Boss's Boss".

Personality of the Boy Name Harry

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Harry

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