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Gender: Male Meaning of Potter: "maker of drinking and storage vessels" Origin of Potter: English

The name Potter is a boy's name of English origin meaning "maker of drinking and storage vessels". Potter and is often added to lists like Occupational Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Generation CAF (38 - with occupations)".

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Could join such up-and-comers as Miller and Gardener.

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Famous People Named Potter

Potter Stewart, U.S. Supreme Court justice
Potter Palmer, American developer
Potter P. Howard, American politician; former mayor of Boise, Idaho
Beatrix Potter, English author/illustrator who created the Peter Rabbit children's books

Pop Culture References for the name Potter

Harry Potter, main character in the series by J.K. Rowling; also features his parents James and Lily Potter (née Evans) and children James Sirius, Albus Severus and Lily Luna Potter
Sherman Tecumseh Potter, commanding officer of the 4077th on TV's "M.A.S.H."
Henry F. Potter, character in movie "It's a Wonderful Life"
Joey Potter, character on TV's Dawson's Creek
"Potter," British TV series about main character Redvers Potter
Bonifacio "Potter," character on Peruvian TV Series "Al Fondo Hay Sitio"
Potter County, Texas, USA


Chatelaine Says:


I actually kind of love this name right now. I’m not into Harry Potter and never have been, so I didn’t personally make the connection until I real the comments.

MonikerWanderer Says:


All I hear is Snape or Draco disdainfully saying "Potter". I love Harry Potter as much as the next person, but this would be unusable due to that connection.

klaryan Says:


Who else hears Draco: "Potter."

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lesliemarion Says:


All bad associations for me, unlike the verdant Gardener or the energetic Miller: potter's field where they bury paupers, the evil Mr. Potter in It's a Wonderful Life, a pot smoker, someone who's potty (looney), someone who putters around, a potty seat, and more.

CocoWhite Says:


Harry's the only thing that comes to mind.