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Names from Harry Potter

  • Bellatrix

    J.K. Rowling is a modern master of naming, but this appellation of one of the stars of Orion, used for the evil character played by Helena Bonham Carter, is not one you'd want to use for your child.Read More 

  • Bill

    Most Bills today are dads...or grandpas. The younger Williams are usually nicknamed Will, or called by their full names. Read More 

  • Blaise

    As modern as it sounds, Blaise is an ancient Christian martyr name. In Arthurian legend, Blaise is the name of Merlin the Magician's secretary. Its relation to the word and name Blaze gives it a... Read More 

  • Cadmus

    Cadmus is the name of the serpent-slaying hero of Greek mythology who also founded the city of Thebes and is credited with inventing the alphabet. Its ancient feel might appeal to modern parents... Read More 

  • Cedric

    Cedric was invented by Sir Walter Scott for the noble character of the hero's father in Ivanhoe, presumed to be an altered form of the Saxon name Cerdic. The name was later also given to... Read More 

  • Charity

    Charity is one of the Big Three abstract virtue names, along with Hope and Faith, though far less widely used than the others. But as Faith, Grace and Hope grow more common, some parents are... Read More 

  • Charlie

    Charlie derives, of course, from the classic name Charles which, in turn, comes from a German word meaning "free man." Charles became very popular in France during the Middle Ages due to the fame... Read More 

  • Colin

    Thanks to its dashing Anglo-Irish image--due partly to Colins Firth and Farrell-- and its c-initialed two-syllable sound, Colin and its cousin Collin have enjoyed a long run of popularity,... Read More 

  • Cormac

    Both offbeat and upbeat, this evocative traditional Irish name that runs through Celtic mythology is known here via award-winning novelist Cormac McCarthy (born Charles). The author's adopted name... Read More 

  • Cornelius

    Cornelius, the New Testament name of a third century Pope and saint, is one of those venerable Latin names on the edge of consideration, despite the corny nickname alert.

    Cornelius has... Read More 

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