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Gigantic List of Harry Potter Names

Huge list of Harry Potter character names, both major and minor. I tried to stick to reasonably usable names. I also included a short character description and some kind of meaning or background to most of the names. - Created by alphabetdem

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  • Abraxas

    Draco Malfoy's grandfather, Lucius Malfoy's father

  • Alastor

    Mad Eye Moody's real first name, an appropriate name for a defender of wizards.

  • Albus

    Dumbledore's first name and the name of one of Harry and Ginny's sons.

  • Alecto

    Ms. Carrow, sister of Amycus, a Death Eater and sadistic professor of Muggle Studies. She was one of the Furies in Greek mythology.

  • Alice

    Neville's mother. An old fashioned name is rediscovered. It's been used over the last few years and rising on the popularity lists.

  • Ambrosius

    Definitely an out-there name, Ambrosius Flume was the founder of Honeydukes. The name comes from "ambrosia," the sweet nectar, eaten by the gods on Mount Olympus.

  • Amelia

    Ms. Bones works at the Ministry of Magic and helps Harry out. Amelia is a beautiful name with a wonderful legacy but is increasingly popular.

  • Amos

    Cedric's father. If Cyrus and other previously way-too-old-fashioned names can come back, why not Amos?

  • Amycus

    Mr. Carrow, brother of Alecto, a Death Eater and professor under Headmaster Snape. His name is after a boxer that Polydeuces fights during the journey of the Argonauts.

  • Andromeda

    Tonks, mother of Nymphadora. Also a well known mythological character.

  • Angelina

    Johnson, Gryffindor Quidditch player

  • Ariana

    Dumbledore's sister.

  • Arabella

    Ms. Figg is a Squib who watches out for Harry while he's at his aunt and uncle's house.

  • Argus

    Filch's first name, the name of a mythological figure with 100 eyes.

  • Arthur

    A princely name and a wonderful character.

  • Bellatrix

    I bemoan this name on this character. It's a such a gorgeous name with such a great meaning (female warrior)-- but I will always associate it with this sociopathic witch.

  • Bill

    A Weasley brother. His name is a little outdated. Will is a better nickname for William now.

  • Blaise

    Blaise Zabini is a Slytherin friend of Draco Malfoy's.

  • Burke

    A pure-blood family related to the Blacks. Can work as a surname as a first name, but know that in old English, it means "to murder by suffocation and to sell the body."

  • Cassandra

    Sybill Trelawney's more talented sister and also author Vablatsky, of "Unfogging the Future," both named after the mythological Trojan seer.

  • Cedric

    Mr. Diggory's first name means "warrior" or "chief leader."

  • Charlie

    A Weasley.

  • Colin

    The first Creevey brother. A standard that means "youth, child."

  • Cormac

    Cormac McLaggan is not a very friendly character, but Cormac was the son of a king in Celtic legend who was put under a jealous lover's spell.

  • Cornelius

    Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge isn't the most pleasant character in the book. His name is a bit old fashioned, but might be attractive to some adventurous parents out there.

  • Dean

    Mr. Thomas is a roommate of Ron and Harry's and friend of Seamus Finnigan's. He's an Irish choice not overused quite yet.

  • Draco

    Draco will never be anyone except Harry's archenemy. Although, on a side note, I happen to think he's a deeply misunderstood character and I am quite fond of him.

  • Dudley

    OK, not so usable for a number of reasons. Please don't name your child this.

  • Elphias

    Elphias Doge was a member of the original Order of the Phoenix. Doge was a title of the a ruler of Venice during the Renaissance, and "Elphias," was the name of an occultist in the 19th century.

  • Fawkes

    The name of Dumbledore's phoenix, it's also the surname of Guy Fawkes, the English revolutionary who planned to blow up Parliament and inspired Bonfire Night and endless protestors in masks ever since. Picking this name would be seen as less "Harry Potter" and more political.

  • Filius

    Professor Flitwick's first name, it's Latin for "son."

  • Fleur

    French for "flower." Her complete name seems to be a loose translation of "flower of the heart."

  • Florean

    Florean Fortescue runs the ice cream parlor in Diagon Alley. Florean means "flower" in Latin and makes an unusually soft and sweet choice for a boy.

  • Fred

    Along with his twin, George, often the comedy relief in the series. Another Weasley. A short name for many wonderful names: Frederick, Alfred, etc.

  • Gabrielle

    Fleur's little sister who is saved from the lake by Harry.

  • George

    Twin of Fred Weasley.

  • Gilderoy

    Literally means "gilded king," or a king whose value doesn't run very deep. It has a nice sound, but not a very nice meaning.

  • Ginevra

    Nicknamed Ginny, the only girl in a house full of Weasleys. Her name is Italian, and means "juniper."

  • Gryffin

    Alright, I shortened Gryffindor. But Griffin is very popular on nb, and while I usually frown on changing the spelling of names, it could easily be a nod to HP.

  • Hannah

    Ms. Abbott, a student in Gryffindor.

  • Harry

    Of course.

  • Hepzibah

    Ms. Smith is a descendent of Helga Hufflepuff, and shows off her lineage to Tom Riddle in one of Dumbledore's flashbacks in Half Blood Prince. It's a whole lotta name, but she's also an Old Testament character with a similar story, if you're into Biblical names.

  • Hestia

    Ms. Jones is an Auror and a member of the Order of the Phoenix, the name comes from the Greek goddess of the hearth and home.

  • Hermione

    One of the most bad ass female characters ever created. Her name is known in Greek mythology as the daughter of Helen of Troy, and she's a Shakespearean character.

  • Horace

    Maybe someone will find something to love in his old fashioned name, but it's still a stuffy old man to me.

  • Hugo

    Ron and Hermione's son.

  • James

    Harry's dad, and his middle name, and the name of one of Harry and Ginny's sons.

  • Katie

    Katie Bell is on the Gryffindor Quidditch team. If you're one of 3 Katies in your college dorm room, just remember. You're on the Quidditch team.

  • Kingsley

    Shacklebolt, a great Auror, member of the Order of the Phoenix, and eventual Minister of Magic. If Gwen Stefani can have Kingston, you can have Kingsley.

  • Lavender

    Ms. Brown is a Gryffindor student, a little silly, very feminine like her name, and an ex girlfriend of Ron's. Lavender, the flower and herb, is symbolism for devotion and purity. It was highly prized and very expense during Roman times.

  • Lily

    Harry's mom, and the name of Harry and Ginny's daughter. Lilies are symbols of purity and immortality, perfect for how Lily gave her life for her son.

  • Lucius

    Draco Malfoy's father, the name means "light-bearer," or "shiny," and has connections to "Julius Caesar," the play by Shakespeare and the ancient Romans.

  • Ludo

    Mr. Bagman is the head of the Department of Magical Games and Sports, and his name appropriately means, "I play."

  • Luna

    Ms. Lovegood is very eccentric, but a truly good person and very clever. Her name comes from the Roman goddess of the moon. The moon has long been (falsely!) believed to be linked to strange or crazy behavior.

  • Marietta

    Ms. Edgecombe told Professor Umbridge about Dumbledore's Army and was permanently scarred with acne for her efforts. Marietta is a beautiful name with an unfortunate meaning: "little bitter." It is also the name of a town in Georgia.

  • Merope

    Tom Riddle's mother's name translates from the Greek as "bee eater," and also has ties to "eloquence" and "mortality." The name was used several times in Greek mythology. The story that probably pertains to the HP story was that Merope was one of the Seven Sisters (Pleiades) that shamed her family by marrying Sisyphus, a mortal (muggle?). Her parents were so angry they made her the weakest star in the system.

  • Millicent

    Not a nice character, that Millicent Bulstrode. But the name has a long history, and Millicent was one of Charlemagne's daughters.

  • Minerva

    Professor McGonagall is one of the best characters in the series. She is named after the Roman goddess of wisdom, who is better known by her Greek name, Athena.

  • Molly

    Mrs. Weasley. Her name maybe seems more appropriate for my generation than my kid's, but it wasn't so insanely overused that it can still be cute on a baby now.

  • Myrtle

    Moaning Myrtle is forever alone, and always sad because no one notices her. The myrtle plant is often ignored because it's rather plain looking.

  • Narcissa

    Draco Malfoy's mom. This another name that is pretty but has a bad background. It is a female version of Narcissus, the character from Greek mythology that died from too much vanity.

  • Neville

    Another name that will ALWAYS be associated with his character.

  • Nicolas

    Hey, it turns out Nicolas Flamel was a real person! He was a manuscript-seller and a scrivener, and developed a reputation after his death as an alchemist.

  • Nymphadora

    Yeah, I included Tonks' first name only to beg you not to use it. No one needs to be THIS big of a HP fan. There are just way too many jokes to come from "nymph."

  • Oliver

    Wood, a temporary Quidditch captain and eventual pro Quidditch player. A great choice for a boy, a distinguished and handsome choice for a man.

  • Orion

    Mr. Black is Sirius' father. It's becoming a more usable option and it named for the archer and his dogs in the constellation.

  • Padma

    Parvati Patil's twin in Ravenclaw. Her name means "lotus" in Sanskrit and has connections to the goddess Lakshmi in the Hindu religion.

  • Parvati

    Ms. Patil is in Gryffindor and she and her twin sister took Ron and Harry to the Yule Ball. Her name is after the Hindu goddess who was married to Shiva the Destroyer.

  • Penelope

    Ms. Clearwater, Percy's girlfriend and a Ravenclaw prefect and Head Girl. A fast-rising name destined for top 50 status.

  • Percy

    Percy Weasley is exactly like his name: a bit annoying and prissy. Trivia: Percy's real name is Percival, who was one of the Knights of the Round Table.

  • Perenelle

    Wife of Nicholas Flamel. Her name is related to the work perennial, meaning "continuing without interruption, constant." May be quite an attractive, slightly old fashioned name.

  • Petunia

    Harry's aunt has a flower name, which are very popular right now. However, JK Rowling chose this name for her because she particularly hated it.

  • Phineas

    Sirius' great-great grandfather who was the worst headmaster Hogwarts ever had. He's also an unattractive Old Testament character and a well known psychiatric case. But it's had a recent uptick in resurgence and has a nice nickname. It's due for a makeover!

  • Poppy

    Madam Pomfrey (the school nurse)'s first name. A popular flower name in the UK.

  • Pomona

    Professor Sprout's first name. She was a Roman deity that loved horticulture and spent all her time among the plants and flowers and vegetation. It's also a city in California and the name of a college.

  • Raven

    Yup, I did it again. Raven has been used as a girl's name before, and dropping the 'claw' from the House name is a nice shout out. (It's also my house.)

  • Remus

    Professor Lupin is probably the most sympathetic character, and his first name comes from one of the twin wolf brothers who founded Rome in the legend. Just be warned, if you live in the US, you may give Grandma a heart attack-- there were some racial issues with this name back in the day. But when I hear it, as I suspect most people my age (late 20s) and under do, I think of this character.

  • Rita

    Rita Skeeter's name, taken as a whole, is very similar to a mosquito, and she's quite a pest. Rita has long been used, either has a whole name or a nickname.

  • Romilda

    A minor character that had a crush on Harry and tried to slip him a love potion. I like that this has the lovely nickname of Romy going for it.

  • Ronald

    Ron, of course is the youngest male Weasley. But I don't think Ronald has quite shed its nerdy image yet in the US.

  • Ronan

    A centaur in the Forbidden Forest who distrusted humans but tried to protect Harry and Ron. This Irish name is rarely heard in the US but is a great choice. Love.

  • Rose

    Ron and Hermione's daughter. It's a popular middle name choice, but still sounds fresh in the first name spot.

  • Rosmerta

    The bartender in the Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade. She's named after the Gaulish Celtic goddess of fire, warmth and abundance.

  • Rowena

    Rowena Ravenclaw, the founder of Ravenclaw House and one of the founders of Hogwarts. Rowena comes from the same root as Ronan; they both refer to red hair. Rowena is also a reference to "the mother of the nation," fitting for a Hogwarts founder.

  • Rubeus

    Hagrid's first name. Another in the "red" category. I'm starting to think all Irish names reference red hair!

  • Rufus

    Minister of Magic Scrimgeour's name is still all dog to me, or else Chris Rock in "Dogma." But I know some people are really dedicated to bringing it back.

  • Severus

    What an appropriately severe name for Professor Snape. It might be a bit heavy for a baby. If you're interested in it, it's also the name of a martyred saint (also appropriate), a character mentioned in a Jane Austen novel, and has connections to Julius Caesar.

  • Sirius

    Harry's godfather is named after the dog star, which is also the brightest star in the sky.

  • Sybill

    Professor Trelawney's name is after the Sybils, the prophetesses in ancient Greece whose prophecies only made sense after they came true.

  • Teddy

    Lupin and Tonks' son's name, and Harry's godson, he was named for his late grandfather, Ted. Maybe too much of a nickname to stand alone, but definitely coming back into fashion as a nickname for Theodore.

  • Trevor

    Neville's frog. Still a usable name.

  • Viktor

    Mr. Krum, world Quidditch champion and Hermione boyfriend. This is said in the book to be Bulgarian.

  • Wilhelmina

    Professor Grubbly-Plank's name. She's the substitute teacher for Hagrid's classes. This once totally clunky Valkyrie name has become an unlikely classy choice.

  • Zacharias

    Mr. Smith, a Hufflepuff student that is skeptical of Harry's story. His name is the Greek version of Zachariah and a maybe a more formal choice of Zachary.