Gender: Male Meaning of Harry: "estate ruler" Origin of Harry: Diminutive of Henry Harry's Popularity in 2018: #620

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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Boba_Buddy_Le Says:


All I can think of is Harry Styles. No thank you 🤣

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.