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Gender: F Pronunciation: her-MY-o-nee Meaning of Hermione: "messenger, earthly" Origin of Hermione: Greek, feminine version of Hermes, "messenger, earthly"

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Hermione's costarring role in Harry Potter has made this previously ignored, once stodgy name suddenly viable. Hermione could really take off once today's children start having kids of their own.

In ancient Greek myth, Hermione is the daughter of Spartan King Menelaus and his wife Helen; in pre-Potter lit,the name appears in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale and in Walter Scott's novel The Fortunes of Nigel.

Famous People Named Hermione

Hermione Baddeley, English actress
Hermione Norris, English actress
Hermione Gingold, English actress
Dame Hermione Lee, President of Wolfson College, Oxford
Hermione Cockburn, British TV and radio presenter

Pop Culture References for the Name Hermione

Hermione Jean Granger- character in the "Harry Potter" series, portrayed by Emma Watson
Hermione, queen in the Shakespeare play "A Winter's Tale"
Lady Hermione, exposer of Lord Dalgarno's villainy in "The Fortunes of Nigel" by Sir Walter Scott
Hermione "Hermie" Clavering (nee Brabazon), character in "The Claverings" by Anthony Trollope
Hermione and Ursula, Georgie Pilson's sisters in "Queen Lucia" by E. F. Benson
Hermione Roddice, character in D. H. Lawrence's "Women in Love"; the author's unkind portrait of Lady Ottoline Morrell
Hermione "Her" Gart, central character in H.D.'s intricate feminist novel "HERmione"
Hermione Lodge, mother to Veronica in the Archie comics
Hermione, A character in Eva Ibbotson's "Journey to the River Sea"

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