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Gender: Male Meaning of Harry: "estate ruler" Origin of Harry: Diminutive of Henry Harry's Popularity in 2017: #649

The name Harry is a boy's name of German origin meaning "estate ruler". Harry is ranked #649 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Man Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

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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 is the medieval English form of Henry, and was the nickname of all eight King Henrys; it is also a diminutive of Harold and Harrison. 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 Joseph Broad, passed in January 2019
Harry S. Truman, 33rd U.S. President
Harold Andrew "Harry" Blackmun, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Harry Houdini (born Erik Weisz), Hungarian-American escape artist
Harry Mason Reid, U.S. Senator from Nevada
Henry Charles Albert David "Harry" of Wales, Prince of the United Kingdom, Duke of Sussex
Harry Lewis, YouTube personality known as Wroetoshaw
Harry Edward Styles, English singer, songwriter and actor
Harry Frederick Harlow, American psychologist
(Joseph) Harry Connick Jr., American singer and actor
Harold George "Harry" Belafonte, American singer, actor and activist
Harry Robinson Hamlin, American actor
Harry Laverne Anderson, American actor
Harry Truman Reasoner, American TV journalist
Harry Albert Atkinson, 10th Premier of New Zealand
Harry Foster Chapin, American singer-songwriter
Harry Edward Nilsson, American singer-songwriter
Harry Mark Christopher Judd, drummer of British band McFly
Harry Douglas, American NFL football player
Harry Alan Towers, English film producer
Hubert August "Harry" Piel, German actor, screenwriter, and film director
Harry Fleetwood Andrews, English actor
Harry Mondryk, English singer
Harry Lawrence Newman, American NFL football player
Harry John Treadway, English actor
Harry Fielding Reid, American geophysicist
Harry Morgan, American actor
Harry Neal Baum, American author
Harry Bache Smith, American songwriter
Harry Edson Browne, American investment analyst, author and politician
Henry George "Harry" Chauvel, Australian WWI general
George Henry Stevens "Harry" Trott, Australian cricketer
Harry Danning, American baseball player
Harry Surtees Altham, English cricketer
Harry Lloyd, English actor
Harry Gordon Selfridge Sr., British retail magnate
Harry Shum Jr., Costa Rican-American actor, dancer, singer, and choreographer
Harry James Thornton (b. 1993), son of actor Billy Bob Thornton and model Pietra Dawn Cherniak
Harry Letterman, son of American comedian and TV personality David Letterman
Harry Friday Baker, son of actors Simon Baker and Rebecca Rigg

Pop Culture References for the name Harry

Harry James Potter, main character in J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series
Harry Osborn, friend of Peter Parker/Spiderman in Marvel's "Spiderman"
Dirty Harry Callahan, main character in the "Dirty Harry" movies
Harry Burns, main character in film "When Harry Met Sally"
Hieronymus 'Harry' Bosch, main character in novels by Michael Connelly and TV's "Bosch"
Harry Fisher, character on TV's "Waterloo Road"
Harry Coleman, character in 2003 movie "Freaky Friday"
Harry Bailey, George's younger brother in movie "It's a Wonderful Life"
Harry Haller, main character in Hermann Hesse's "Steppenwolf"
Harry Pearce, character on TV's "Spooks"
Harry Paget Flashman, main character in the "Flashman" series by George MacDonald Fraser
Harry Prendergast, main character in G. A. Henty's "The Treasure of the Incas"
Harry, character on TV's "7th Heaven"
Harry Crane, character on TV's "Mad Men"
Harry Mason, character in the "Silent Hill" video game series
Harry Solomon, character on TV's "3rd Rock from the Sun"
Harry Dresden, main character in "The Dresden Files" series by Jim Butcher
Horrible Harry, children's book series by Suzy Kline
Harry Furness, main character in G. A. Henty's "Friends Though Divided"
Harry Dunne, main character in movie "Dumb and Dumber"
Harry "Opie" Winston, character on TV's "Sons of Anarchy"
Harry Lime, robber in the "Home Alone" movies
Henry "Harry" Sandwith, main character in G. A. Henty's "In the Reign of Terror"
Harry Carrington, character in "Elsie Dinsmore" series
Harry Villiers. character from movie "The Riot Club"
Henry "Harry" Wotton, character in "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
Harry "Galahad" Hart, character from "Kingsman: The Secret Service"
Harry S. Truman, character in "Twin Peaks"
Harry, a character in "The Forest of Hands and Teeth," by Carrie Ryan
Harry, main character in short story "The Black Mamba" by author Liam Holt
Harrison "Harry" Wells, character from TV's "The Flash"
Harry Doyle, character in ABC's "Quantico"
Bad Hat Harry, a production company
Harry Sullivan, a companion on TV’s Doctor Who
Harry Bright, character in the "Mamma Mia!" musical and films
Harry Hunter, character in the 1962 film "The Phantom of the Opera"
Harry Greenwood, character on Charmed Reboot


LilySue Says:


I adore Harry as a nickname for a girl. Maybe for Harriet or Henrietta

stella2007 Says:


I never really paid attention to this name but Harry Styles and Prince Harry make this name so fresh, cool and modern again. I actually think this name sounds adorable on baby boys and transitions so well from baby, teenager to adult. I would really consider this name for a boy. I like Harrison as well, but love Harry on its own too.

stella2007 Says:


I dislike Harold a lot too. But love Harry.

NOiAMnotAwizard Says:


Please don't us Harry's hear that nearly every day.

SoDallas3 Says:


Only if you're American.

hermioneameliastyles Says:


I love this name not only for Harry Styles but also Harry Potter. This is a perfect semi underrated name for a boy. I would definitely use this name for my little boy.

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


Harry is such a cool name. I love HP so that just adds to its awesomeness.

clairels Says:


I hope you like getting punched in the face, because if you do this it's going to happen sooner or later.

abertawe Says:


IMO Only nice with the British pronunciation with the open-mouthed 'a' as in pan. Not when it rhymes with hairy which is hard for North Americans like myself to avoid.

ho_hey Says:


i'm definitely naming one of my sons harry

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I am a fan of Harry Potter, but that doesn't make me like the name of any of the characters.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


That was such a bad insult there was no logic in it what so ever

Shishi Says:


MY FATHER WILL HEAR ABOUT THIS! It's only a shame about harry stiles tho NO OFFENSE!

Eleanor Says:


Harry Styles. Love it.

raevynstar Says:


I love this name (I've read the book series and it's great, plus the sound of the name is good).

Guest Says:


Madmaddie is obviously entitled to her opinion but why am I accused of being a teen mom just because I like Harry Styles? Harry is the one that made me like the name! Before I thought it was an old man name. Harry Potter is cool as well and is a great namesake. So clairels can ride it into the sunset for all I care.

unicornluvgirl Says:


That's quite rude. Her attitude towards a singer does not mean that you can say things like that. I am actually appalled that people liked Clairel's comment.

kittykate928 Says:


I love Harry but hate Harold.

Alicia1 Says:



Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I don't think language is necessary, but I do agree that comment was uncalled for and irrelevant.

clairels Says:


And this is why we discourage teenage pregnancy.

madmaddie Says:


And that’s your opinion. I chose to share mine, which happens to differ from yours. Okay?

Guest Says:


Harry Styles isn't stupid 😡

madmaddie Says:


I like it because of Harry Potter, not the stupid boy band member.

jasminegarden Says:


I can't even begin to describe how much I love Harry Styles & his name is perfect :)

Hydra Says:


Hairy Harry. Nope.

Guest Says:


Couldn't stand this name until my husband Harry Styles came along :P hahaha

Sweekune Says:


A lovely nickname name. I would use it on its own but it also has many longer versions I would consider.