Harry was everyone's elderly uncle until Princess Diana, following British royal tradition, called her son Henry Harry and then Harry Potter became a rage. Harry is still much more popular in England (Number 3), Ireland and Scotland than it is in the U.S. (Number 709), but its classic yet unpretentious image makes it a recommended choice.
Harry is the medieval English form of Henry, and was the nickname of all eight King Henrys; it is also a diminutive of Harold. Harry was a Top 20 name in this country from 1880 to 1918, and continued in the Top 100 into the 1950s (hence the song 'I'm Just Wild About Harry'), and has countless worthy namesakes, including Truman, Belafonte and Houdini.
Among the celebs who have chosen this good guy name for their sons are David Letterman (it was his father's name), Simon Baker and Billy Bob Thornton. And it's found in a number of movie titles from "The Trouble with Harry" to "Dirty Harry" to "When Harry Met Sally."
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