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The title character in JK Rowling's famed series.
giraffe  5/17/2005
Harry Potter of Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardy. The legend goes that Harry single handedly defeated Lord Voldemort.
ghaele  8/10/2005
This is the name of Prince Harry, the youngest son of Prince Charles of Wales and the late Princess Diana of Wales.
reservoirdoll1987  5/28/2005
Harry can be used as a nickname for Harold as well.
― Anonymous User  5/30/2005
Can also be a shortened form of Harrison.
kell  8/15/2005
Harry is a wonderful name, especially after JK Rowling turned it into a name of mystery and wonder, as Harry Potter is the "Chosen One" to defeat Voldemort.
author  8/15/2005
Harry is a really cute name! It suits Harry Potter and I couldn't think of his name being anything else!
jessica22  11/28/2005
American President Harry S. Truman is a famous bearer.
― Anonymous User  12/17/2005
Harry is the birth name of Bing Crosby.
― Anonymous User  12/22/2005
I bet most people in a word association with Harry would think of Harry Potter.
SiriusLives222  1/3/2006
Harry Joseph Letterman is David Letterman and his girlfriend Regina Lasko's son, who was named after Letterman's father.
dani_08  3/5/2006
There is also a newsreader on Channel 10 in Australia named Harry Potter. I find it very amusing when he signs off every night...'This is Harry Potter for Channel 10 news'. The poor man!
poetic_freedom  4/6/2006
Harry Shearer voices various characters on "The Simpsons" including Mr. Burns, Smithers, and Ned Flanders.
ljc  4/9/2006
Usually pronounced "HAH-ree" in Britain.
Miss Natla  4/21/2006
Harry Melling incidentally plays Dudley Dursely in the "Harry Potter" movies.
Mat  7/11/2006
Harry Gragson-Williams composed the soundtrack for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. He has also been involved in the music of many other movies.
― Anonymous User  7/12/2006
This is the name of my persian cat and it suits him a lot. He acts just like a human Harry would with a hat on in a 1940s movie. I don't know why, he just does.
corrielover  8/10/2006
Harry is a cute name, especially when the Harry Potter series came out. It may be the butt of certain jokes, but all-in-all it's a good name.
stormy_lovegood  8/12/2006
Americans seem to think that Harry is almost always associated with Harry Potter, and it's not really. In the UK, Harry is a VERY popular name. I know about six or seven Harrys. One of my two sons is named this, after my husband's father. I think it's a very fitting name. Common, yet each Harry I know has made it unique to himself.

PS-Harry is NOT short for Harold, or Harrison in the Harry Potter books. His full first name is Harry. I get very mad when people assume it's short for something. I mean, think about it- When you were a child and got in trouble, adults would normally call you by your full name, not a nick name.
october_bay  9/24/2006
EWWW! I hate this name! Who would name their child "hairy"?
― Anonymous User  11/23/2006
Harry Morgan played Col. Sherman T. Potter in the successful television programme "M*A*S*H" (1972-1983).
mashlover  1/18/2007
I've never heard it pronounced "HER-ee". I've always heard it like "hairy" or "HAH-ree".
― Anonymous User  3/2/2007
This is my other favorite boy's name, and it seems there aren't many boys in this country with the name Harry. I must admit, though, it's partly because of "Harry Potter" that I like this name so much.
Martha Gold  3/27/2007
I've always heard it pronounced "HAR-ree" (rhymes with "carry"). I strongly suspect this is the pronunciation that at least some of you mean. This is actually the older pronunciation of "Henry," which came to England with the Normans. "HEN-ree" is a modern spelling pronunciation.
Kosta  6/1/2007
Don't forget Harry Dresden, another famous wizard.
patchworkgirl  6/11/2007
I love the name Harry, it's a very pleasant sounding masculine name. It's a shame people with this name get picked on so much.
applemilk  9/4/2007
Let's not forget Harry Osbourne from Spiderman. It's funny, because everyone, when they hear the name Harry, automatically thinks of Harry Potter. Even though Harry Potter is one of my favorite series, the first thing to pop into my head is Harry Osbourne, a second before Harry Potter.
melinda1  9/14/2007
I've always thought that Harry was the most awesome name and can't imagine being named anything else. I'm lucky, since my middle name is Henry I'm basically named Harry twice. ;) There can be two frustrations with the name; the oldest one is people assuming the name is a nickname for Harrison. I have gotten this all the time since I was little. Harry is its own name; Harrison is derived from Harry, not the other way around! The other is more recent is people associating it with Harry Potter. Almost every time I meet someone they bring Harry Potter up. They're always shocked to find out I've never read or seen any of the books or movies.
HarryHenryGebel  12/8/2007
Harry Mason is the protagonist in the video game "Silent Hill". He also makes brief appearances in the second (depending on the ending) and third games.
FMRadio  2/22/2008
Pronounced heh•air•ee, emphasis only on "ee", as the former part would be pronounced quickly and fluidly. As in, "My goodness, sir -- you have quite the hairy chest!"
tu_es_faux  3/7/2008
Dr Harry Cooper is a vet with the Australian television series, Better Homes & Gardens.
Keladry  3/19/2008
I don't really like this name, as it reminds me of names like Barry, Larry, and Gary, which always make me think of unbearable middle-aged guys. However, this name isn't quite as bad. I don't read Harry Potter books, but their popularity has had an impact on the impression this name gives to people.
slight night shiver  5/31/2008
Short form of Harriet sometimes too.
cheeseface  6/2/2008
Harry came from the Medieval English form of Henry. Some say that Harry is a nickname for Harold.
bhmmf  6/22/2008
I think this is a good name. Even that dratted Harry Smotter or Potter or whoever can't ruin this name for me.
welovejamesarness  6/29/2008
Harry Treadaway is an English actor. He is going to play Doon in the new movie "The City of Ember".
kateab1115  6/30/2008
It's a nice name, but people are just using it because of those overrated Harry Potter books. It also sounds like "hairy", which isn't good either.
bananarama  8/6/2008
Pronounced Hah-ree. In the UK it sounds nothing like the word 'Hairy', unlike in the US.
― Anonymous User  8/24/2008
This is the name of my youngest brother, and he wasn't named after Harry Potter at all. He was named after my father's father Harold. At first I still didn't like the name (I thought it sounded like a big dumb bully), but it grew on me. Now I think it's very special.

I like that it has such a huge association to the wizard, though. It does more justice than harm. Even if you get teased, there's no insult being called a hero, now is there?
not_another_Jessica  12/7/2008
I would like this name if we in America pronounced it the same as the British do. I don't much care for its association with "hairy." Although I do love Harry Potter!
Jesussaves7193  1/17/2009
Harry Haller is the name of the protagonist and narrator of Hermann Hesse's novel Steppenwolf.
Anyechka  7/9/2009
I personally associate this name with one of my favorite musicians, Harry Connick, Jr., as well as with Harry Potter.
jmr18007  9/8/2009
When Harry met Sally.
― Anonymous User  10/10/2009
My dad's name is Harry and all you people saying that it reminds you of "hairy" are ridiculous. Normal people do not make that connection at all because it is a NAME, not an adjective.
slyboots  11/15/2009
I'm surprised no one mentioned Harry Houdini, arguably the most famous stage & influential stage magician of all time. We could also throw in famous 1930s song writer Harry Warren & silent comedian Harry Langdon. In America, Harry was a very popular name in the 1920s and 1930s particularly, if you look at pop culture.

I named my son this, so, obviously, I like the name.
woolrich  11/23/2009
In Norway, "Harry" is derogatory slang for something which is working class and in bad taste; similar to "chavvy" in the UK, "bogan" in Australia or "trashy" in the US.
SandSea  2/1/2010
I think Harry is a cute name (if you don't pronounce it the American way as "hairy" - luckily most of the world doesn't!).

The only thing that puts me off a bit is that to "harry" someone means to torment or bother them. It seems a bit like calling your kid Pest or Menace.
SandSea  2/2/2010
The wealthy man who founded Perry Hall, Maryland's name is Harry Dorsey Gough.
coolcatevan9  6/19/2010
I like the name Harry but I immediately think of Harry Potter as I'm fan. Aside from that, I think it's a good simple name. What's strange is that I don't like Gary, Barry or Larry but I like Harry.
starz26  1/16/2011
Popular literature aside, I think Harry is just a dumb-sounding name, even when pronounced the English way. 'Hah' and 'ree' sounds like what a clown would say to express surprise. But I've never been a fan of male names ending in y because they sound a bit kiddish. Male or Female, y-ending names are okay for nicknames, but sometimes adults need something more mature sounding. I feel that someone with the name 'Harry' as a full name gets the short end of the stick.
JW41926  3/23/2011
Harry Clarke (1889-1931) was an Irish artist and designer of stained glass.
― Anonymous User  12/13/2011
Harry T. Stone was a main character on the American television series "Night Court".
― Anonymous User  3/19/2012
Harry Styles, from One Direction.
― Anonymous User  5/9/2012
Henry is decidedly better! Harry sounds so provincial!
Eretria  11/20/2012
Reminds me of hairy!
SEC908  12/27/2012
This probably wouldn't count as a "famous bearer" comment, but the subject of this comment is famous among my family; Harry the cat.
Deinonychus  12/31/2012
Harry Potter from the Harry Potter series is a famous bearer. He suits the name- in the first book they complain how much his hair grows!
Melys11  1/3/2013
Harry is a pretty nice name! Harry Potter rocks as well. Harry is a strong name, tough and wholesome. It is a wonderful British name.
MelissaR  3/12/2013
I feel bad for saying this because I an completely obsessed with Harry Potter, but really? Harry is a hideous name! I don't understand why it's #1 in england... who would name their kid "Hairy"?
lottie15ward  7/6/2013
In response to the previous comment, 7/6/2013: Because, surprisingly, we don't speak with American accents in the UK. Harry and hairy sound nothing alike here.

I think Harry is a brilliant name. A good, strong English classic which I can see working on any boy or man. Very handsome!
― Anonymous User  10/10/2013
"Cry 'God for Harry, England and Saint George!'" is part of the famous speech from Shakespeare's Henry V; a line spoken by the titular king.
― Anonymous User  10/10/2013
HARRY is also the name of Harry Styles, singer in the British band One Direction, discovered through X Factor UK, and whose career has thus proved extremely successful.
― Anonymous User  10/28/2013
Sorry I don't really like this name... whenever I hear this name I think of Hairy...
MazzyieRose  4/12/2014
Surgeon-Lieutenant Harry Sullivan was a companion of the Fourth Doctor.
VoraLundar  6/17/2014
I ♡ this brilliant & amazing name! :D I know many people think of Harry Styles and Harry Potter whenever they hear this name BUT it's still one of those classic names that shouldn't be considered as ruined, unusable etc. just because of popular culture. It's actually pretty popular in the UK. Here in the UK our accents don't make Harry sound anywhere near to 'Hairy' as it's pronounced HA-ree (obviously in a non-US way). Overall, I'm definitely considering this beauty of a name. Xx.
― Anonymous User  8/6/2014
I would never name a child Harry because it sounds exactly like Hairy. Also, it is a name associated too closely to Harry Potter. Not that I don't like Harry Potter, of course.
― Anonymous User  8/30/2014
Harry Wormwood is the title character's tacky, dishonest, used-car-salesman father in Roald Dahl's "Matilda."
― Anonymous User  9/5/2014
I prefer the pronunciation HAR-ee to HER-ee.
hkols  11/3/2014
As an American with a son and a father named Harry, I find it to be an absolute classic. My 9 year old adores it as Harry Potter, Harry Styles, and Prince Harry make it quite acceptable stateside. Great American option because still not overly popular here. He often comments how he is happy to be to Jackson H. Or Mason C. Because there are so many in each class.
oasismom  1/26/2015
I quite like this name & wish it was not so terribly popular, as I would then consider naming my child this. I can understand why some American commenters aren't so keen, since the way "Harry" and "Hairy" are pronounced similarly in that accent. In the UK & Australia, it is pronounced differently, so doesn't have the gross "hairy" connotation so much, which would turn me off too. I usually think of Prince Harry or this nice old man my aunty used to care for named Harry when I hear this name.
It's one of those old, plain classics along with Fred, Elizabeth, William, Katherine etc.
Espy  4/14/2015
Harry Hart aka Galahad is a major character in the 2015 film 'Kingsman: The Secret Service'. He is the mentor of Eggsy Unwin and portrayed by Colin Firth.
Feorsteorra  6/16/2015
Harry Judd member of Mcfly and Mcbusted.
shauna779  8/10/2015
This is overused, childish and very unlikeable. I would like Harri, Hari or Harrie. It is just annoying the way so many people use it. If I had a child, I would name him/her Callum/Tanya.
helloadele  12/3/2015
Harry... You remind me of Harry Potter! Harry means happiness: Harry is always happy.
My granny's grandad was called Harry!
hoover MC Crossboy  3/12/2016
I really hate this name. Who would name their child such a revolting name? Imagine being called "Hairy" everyday by everybody you meet? Honestly, it's makes me sad just thinking about it...
― Anonymous User  6/17/2016
Unless you're American, it is pronounced 'Harry' not 'Hairy' so there's no problem. Don't be stupid.
BritishGuy  7/27/2016
The name reminds me of Harry Potter. What a pretty, nice name. It is a wonderful British name.
Emmily  10/27/2016
Harry Shum Jr., Costa Rican-American actor, dancer, singer, and choreographer best known for his roles as Mike Chang on the 2009 series 'Glee' and Magnus Bane on the the 2016 series 'Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments'.
Feorsteorra  11/26/2016
Harry Kane is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and the England national team.
lilolaf  1/12/2017
Harry Edward Styles is an English singer and songwriter. He is known as a member of the pop rock band One Direction. He made his debut as a singer with his band White Eskimo, who performed locally in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire. In 2010, Styles auditioned as a solo artist for the British television series The X Factor. After being eliminated as a solo performer, Styles was brought back into the competition, along with four other contestants, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, to form One Direction.
cutenose  3/1/2017

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