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Gender: M Meaning of Harry: "estate ruler" Origin of Harry: Diminutive of Henry Harry's Popularity in 2013: #707

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Harry was everyone's elderly uncle until Princess Diana, following British royal tradition, named her son Henry but called him Harry. Then Harry Potter became a rage and Harry Styles of One Direction became the hottest boy bander of the new millennium, and Harry's avuncular image was history. Harry is still much more popular in England (Number 1 for two years running), 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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Famous People Named Harry

Harry Styles, singer in British/Irish band One Direction
Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States
Harry Harlow, American psychologist
Harry Connick, Jr., American singer and actor
Harry James O 'Hara, son of English footballer Jaime O 'Hara
Harry Hamlin, American actor
Harry Reasoner, American journalist
Harry Mark Christopher Judd, member of pop/rock band McFly
Harry Douglas, American football player
Prince Henry of Wales nicknamed Prince Harry
Harry Letterman, son of David Letterman
Harry Piel, born Hubert, German actor, screen writer, and film director
Harry John Treadway, English actor; twin brother Luke Treadway
Harry Gordon Selfridge, entrepreneur who founded "Selfridges"
Harry Foster Chapin, American singer/songwriter
Harry Fielding Reid, American geophysicist
Harry Morgan, American Actor
Harry Neal Baum, American author
Harry Lloyd, English actor and great-great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens

Pop Culture References for the Name Harry

Harry Potter, from the "Harry Potter" books by J.K. Rowling
Harry, character on 7th Heaven portrayed by Aaron Carter
Harry Crane, character on Mad Men played by Richard Olen Sommer
Harry Mason, character in the video game series Silent Hill
Harry Solomon, character from "3rd Rock from the Sun"
Harry Dresden, main character in "The Dresden Files" series written by Jim Butcher
"Horrible Harry" children's book series.
Harry Dunne, main character from movie "Dumb and Dumber"
Harry "Opie" Winston, character from Sons of Anarchy, played by Ryan Hurst
Dirty Harry, played by Clint Eastwood