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In the Harry Potter book/film series, Harry's enemy is named Draco Malfoy.
-- Claire H  1/22/2005
In the "Harry Potter" series, this name is pronounced DRAY-ko.
-- Randee15  2/20/2005
Draco was the first law scribe of ancient Athens, Greece. The laws, transcribed in 621 BC when he was archon eponymous, were particularly harsh: the death penalty was the punishment for even minor offenses. Any debtor whose status was lower than that of his creditor was forced into slavery. The punishment was more lenient for those who owed their debt to a member of a lower class. The stringency of these laws gave rise to expressions such as "draconian punishment", "draconian laws", and more generally, the far-reaching "draconian measures". Draco was the first to codify Athenian law; contrary to popular belief, however, he was not the creator of those laws. Draco's code of law was superseded by that of Solon in the early 6th century BC.

Draco (Latin for Dragon) is a far northern constellation that is circumpolar for many northern hemisphere observers. It is one of the 88 modern constellations, and one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy. Visible at latitudes between +90° and −15°. Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of July .

There are many myths behind Draco, due to its resemblence to a dragon. In the first legend, Draco represents the dragon killed by Cadmus before founding the city of Boeotia. In the second legend, it represents the dragon that guarded the Golden Fleece and was killed by Jason.

In another myth, it represents Ladon, the dragon that guarded the apples of the Hesperides, one of The Twelve Labours of Herakles. Due to its position and nearby constellations in the zodiac sign of Libra (i.e. Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, and Boötes), formed the origin of the myth.

Abbreviation Dra
Genitive Draconis
Symbology the Dragon
Right ascension 15 h
Declination +75°
Area 1083 sq. deg.
Ranked 8th
Number of stars
(magnitude < 3) 3
Brightest star Etamin (γ Dra)
(App. magnitude 2.23)
Meteor showers Draconids
-- daliadraven  8/3/2005
As for the lawmaker, Draco is pronounced DRAY-co. In reference to the constellation, the Latin pronunciation is preferred.
-- daliadraven  8/3/2005
Draco refers to:
Draco, the first lawgiver of ancient Athens, Greece, from whom the term draconian is derived.
DRACO, DRACONIS, Latin for 'dragon'.
Draco (constellation), a northern constellation.
Draco (dwarf galaxy), a dwarf galaxy orbiting the Milky Way.
Draco (programming language), a shareware programming language for CP/M and the Amiga.
Draco lizard, a genus of small tropical agamas (about 20 cm including the tail), capable of gliding by using a gliding skin that is bound to their long ribs.
Draco, a dragon in the film Dragonheart, voiced by Sean Connery.
Draco, a popular administrator of Wc3campaigns.
Draco Malfoy, a fictional character in the Harry Potter book series.
Robi Draco Rosa, a Puerto Rican songwriter and a member of Menudo for a few years.
Draco, a warlord character in the television series Xena: Warrior Princess played by Jay Laga'aia
-- daliadraven  8/3/2005
It's a pity this name has been spoiled by the Harry Potter series. It's a nice name with an excellent mythological connection, but I wouldn't dare adorn a kid with it, not with Malfoy being one of modern literature's best-known villians.
-- RedFox742  9/11/2005
I love the name Draco. Mostly because I LOVE Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter Series. I think I would be honored to name my kid Draco, or date someone with that name. =)
-- Shotgunweddingx  12/1/2005
I love this name. But I do not love Draco Malfoy. He is not a hero and even not a man.
-- Sinosunshine  1/24/2006
My son's name is Draco. Granted his father chose the name, but I think it is a strong name that should not be given lightly to a child because of the meaning and the bearing of the name.
-- LirCaerdwyn  3/6/2006
I think it's quite sad that this name was given to the Harry Potter villan so I hope something puts him in a better light in the next book but I think it's unlikely that this will happen. Maybe the name is a bit heavy to bear and that's why Malfoy is a bit warped. Such a pity as I love this name.
-- Anonymous User  4/22/2006
Draco is an amazing character in Harry Potter. I still believe Draco is good. If I ever have a son, Draco is the first name on my list! I believe having such a widely known evil character has only incresed the popularity of the name. It is AMAZING!
-- stormy_lovegood  8/8/2006
This name hasn't been spoiled for me, as I think I liked Draco far more than Harry, I don't know why! But it is a good name, then again, if anyone hears this name, especially a child, the automatic reference to Harry Potter comes up. To some people it may not occur that these were real names before they were 'Wizardised', and that it is acceptable for use in our real world.
-- bellaboo  11/18/2006
Hmm. I actually like this name okay. You won't see me use it though (I'm a Harry Potter junkie!)
-- spaz123  6/30/2007
Personally I LOVE this name, and I think Malfoy's cool and hope JKR will make him nicer in the 7th book so if I name my kid this people don't go, "Isn't that the name of the bad guy in Harry Potter?" Draco is also the name of the dragon in Dragonheart.
-- flamestar  7/13/2007
I first heard the name on Draco Malfoy, but after learning about the name I do not associate it with him when I hear it anymore. I think it is a cool name, I really like the meaning and despite Draco Malfoy I think it is still a usable name and would make a wonderful first or middle name.
-- Anonymous User  2/24/2008
I absolutely ADORE the name Draco, actually. I don't associate the name with the meanie Draco, but the fanfic Draco who is uber-awesome. If I had a son I'd probably name him Draco. Or one of a multitude of other names. At the very least it would be a middle name.
-- mousey  4/13/2008
Unfortunately, I think it's been ruined by a character in the Harry Potter books.
-- bananarama  8/30/2008
All of you people who think Draco, Bellatrix, Harry, etc. have been ruined by the Harry Potter series, go shove your head in a sandbox, please. It would make the world a much better place. They have been given immortal life by being put into great literature. Not expectations on how to live.

And anyone who would make fun of such names, go join the others in the sandbox. Thank you.
-- Anonymous User  9/26/2008
I love this name, however a lot of ignorant people would associate it with the children's Harry Potter books.
-- vomiting  5/22/2009
I love this name, although I could never use it because of the association with Harry Potter. Such a beautiful name.
-- Anonymous User  7/28/2009
I just love this name. I don't think I have the guts to use it due to pop culture right now, which is a shame. I always did like Drake, but thought it was a bit unrefined. Just my luck that it's nicer, softer-sounding parent form is stuck on a fictional villain.
-- Tiger-LilyFP  11/29/2009
Draco Malfoy made me LOVE this name as much as I love this character in the books. Just gorgeous!
-- Ravynne  12/10/2009
In the movie "Dragonheart", Draco is the name Dennis Quaid's character gives to the dragon, the last one on Earth. In the movie, Draco is voiced by Sean Connery.
-- erb816  3/12/2010
I am naming my son this. However, only after I have a son named after another constellation. I picked these names out since May of 2009, two years ago. If I have a daughter, I will also name her after a constellation (it is already picked out, yes).
I am big on Astronomy. It is a name that I had to warm up to, as to the other names. My little nephew, when I showed him the constellations (because they have a globe which shows the constellations on the night sky) who was 4 at the time and not an English speaker (from Europe) said Draco so darn cute! He pronounced it perfectly! I was surprised because our language is not even from Latin! Anyway, I loved how he said the name Draco! It is one of my favorite constellations as well! But still, another boy's name will beat this one! Cough cough, starts with a C ends in an m...
-- Anonymous User  5/25/2011
I really like this name, but it will probably always and forever be connected to Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter books/movies.
-- Lady Jeeves  9/16/2011
Here's an idea: name the kid Drake! My opinion has pretty much already been expressed several times; it's a great name on its own and most people wouldn't even know about it without Harry Potter, but a kid bearing it now would have a horrible time of it. Drake also means dragon, though I don't like how all the consonants are squished into one syllable, unlike Draco. Draco ends with an o which I always like :) but unfortunately people would assume Draco's parents are nutty (to say the least) death-eater obsessed freaks. Anyway, Drake is a good alternative to Draco.
-- Bazinga  2/11/2012
The draco plant (Daemonorops Draco), also called the draconis palm, secretes a reddish-brown resin called Dragon's Blood. The resin was used as a varnish in the 18th-century and is still used as a dye. It can also be collected, rolled into spheres, and hardened. The hardened resin began showing up as a street drug in the 90s under the name "red rock opium," but it's more a scam than anything else; it contains no opiates, and its effect is more nauseating than anything else.
-- humblebee  3/26/2012
I love the name Draco, that's what I want to name my son if I ever have one. I'm a big Harry Potter fan, and that's the first time I ever heard the name and loved it. And I happen to like Draco Malfoy.
-- Anonymous User  12/10/2012
My oldest son's name is Draco and when ever I say his name I'm always asked if I got it from Harry Potter. The name is very strong and unique which is what I love about it and it fits my son perfectly. I hope that one day we won't get asked constantly if we got it from Harry potter and who knows, maybe he will run into another Draco one day.
-- Mlopez0407  12/24/2012
It sounds pretty weird as a name. I can easily picture hordes of Draco Malfoy fangirls screaming in delight whenever they see Tom Felton's portrayal of him on the screen.
-- Buneary  1/8/2013
This name is so cool, and I love the nickname Drake! Unfortunately, I'd never use it because of Draco Malfoy.
-- Skylar_Arianna  5/22/2013
The name Draco was given to 51 baby boys born in the US in 2012. It sounds quite strange as a first name to me. I guess if he went by Drake it wouldn't be as bad.
-- Oohvintage  7/20/2013

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