Diminutive of Henry
"estate ruler"

Harry Origin and Meaning

The name Harry is a boy's name of German origin meaning "estate ruler".

Harry is the medieval English form of Henry, which derived from the Germanic name Heimrich, meaning "estate ruler." Harry was the nickname of all eight King Henrys; it is also a diminutive of Harold and Harrison.

We're just wild about Harry! 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. Thus, Harry's avuncular image was history. Harry is still much more popular in England, Ireland, and Scotland than it is in the US, but its classic yet unpretentious image makes it a recommended choice.

Harry was a Top 20 name in the US 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. It's also 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 Alan TowersEnglish film producer
  • Harry S. Truman33rd U.S. President
  • Harold Andrew "Harry" BlackmunU.S. Supreme Court Justice
  • Harry Houdini (born Erik Weisz)Hungarian,American escape artist
  • Harry Mason ReidU.S. Senator from Nevada
  • Prince Harry (née Henry Charles Albert David)Duke of Sussex, a member of the British royal family
  • Harry LewisYouTube personality known as Wroetoshaw
  • Harry Edward StylesEnglish singer, songwriter and actor
  • Harry Frederick HarlowAmerican psychologist
  • (Joseph) Harry Connick Jr.American singer and actor
  • Harold George "Harry" BelafonteAmerican singer, actor and activist
  • Harry Robinson HamlinAmerican actor
  • Harry Laverne AndersonAmerican actor
  • Harry Truman ReasonerAmerican TV journalist
  • Harry Albert Atkinson10th Premier of New Zealand
  • Harry Foster ChapinAmerican singer,songwriter
  • Harry Edward NilssonAmerican singer,songwriter
  • Harry Mark Christopher Judddrummer of British band McFly
  • Harry DouglasAmerican NFL football player
  • Hubert August "Harry" PielGerman actor, screenwriter, and film director
  • Harry Fleetwood AndrewsEnglish actor
  • Harry MondrykEnglish singer
  • Harry Lawrence NewmanAmerican NFL football player
  • Harry John TreadwayEnglish actor
  • Harry Fielding ReidAmerican geophysicist
  • Harry MorganAmerican actor
  • Harry Neal BaumAmerican author
  • Harry Bache SmithAmerican songwriter
  • Harry Edson BrowneAmerican investment analyst, author and politician
  • Henry George "Harry" ChauvelAustralian WWI general
  • George Henry Stevens "Harry" TrottAustralian cricketer
  • Harry DanningAmerican baseball player
  • Harry Surtees AlthamEnglish cricketer
  • Harry LloydEnglish actor
  • Harry Gordon Selfridge Sr.British retail magnate
  • Harry BroadNew Zealand author
  • Harry Shum Jr.Costa Rican,American actor, dancer, singer, and choreographer
  • Harry James Thorntonson of actor Billy Bob Thornton and model Pietra Dawn Cherniak
  • Harry Lettermanson of American comedian and TV personality David Letterman
  • Harry Friday Bakerson of actors Simon Baker and Rebecca Rigg

Harry in Pop Culture

  • Harry James Pottermain character in J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series
  • Harry Osbornfriend of Peter Parker/Spiderman in Marvel's "Spiderman"
  • Dirty Harry Callahanmain character in the "Dirty Harry" movies
  • Harry Burnsmain character in film "When Harry Met Sally"
  • Hieronymus "Harry" Boschmain character in novels by Michael Connelly and TV's "Bosch"
  • Harry Fishercharacter on TV's "Waterloo Road"
  • Harry Colemancharacter in 2003 movie "Freaky Friday"
  • Harry BaileyGeorge's younger brother in movie "It's a Wonderful Life"
  • Harry Hallermain character in Hermann Hesse's "Steppenwolf"
  • Harry Pearcecharacter on TV's "Spooks"
  • Harry Paget Flashmanmain character in the "Flashman" series by George MacDonald Fraser
  • Harry Prendergastmain character in G. A. Henty's "The Treasure of the Incas"
  • Harrycharacter on TV's "7th Heaven"
  • Harry Cranecharacter on TV's "Mad Men"
  • Harry Masoncharacter in the "Silent Hill" video game series
  • Harry Solomoncharacter on TV's "3rd Rock from the Sun"
  • Harry Dresdenmain character in "The Dresden Files" series by Jim Butcher
  • Horrible Harrychildren's book series by Suzy Kline
  • Harry Furnessmain character in G. A. Henty's "Friends Though Divided"
  • Harry Dunnemain character in movie "Dumb and Dumber"
  • Harry "Opie" Winstoncharacter on TV's "Sons of Anarchy"
  • Harry Limerobber in the "Home Alone" movies
  • Henry "Harry" Sandwithmain character in G. A. Henty's "In the Reign of Terror"
  • Harry Carringtoncharacter in "Elsie Dinsmore" series
  • Harry Villiers. character from movie "The Riot Club"
  • Henry "Harry" Wottoncharacter in "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
  • Harry "Galahad" Hartcharacter from "Kingsman: The Secret Service"
  • Harry S. Trumancharacter in "Twin Peaks"
  • Harrya character in "The Forest of Hands and Teeth," by Carrie Ryan
  • Harrymain character in short story "The Black Mamba" by author Liam Holt
  • Harrison "Harry" Wellscharacter from TV's "The Flash"
  • Harry Doylecharacter in ABC's "Quantico"
  • Bad Hat Harrya production company
  • Harry Sullivana companion on TV’s "Doctor Who"
  • Harry Brightcharacter in the "Mamma Mia!" musical and films
  • Harry Huntercharacter in the 1962 film "The Phantom of the Opera"
  • Harry Greenwoodcharacter on "Charmed" reboot

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