Silly and old-fashioned. Sounds like hairy. It's almost never used in America anymore. For some reason it's still very popular in the land of poor taste. I know that Prince Harry never liked his name. When he was a bachelor, he went to a nightclub in my city and told some girl his name was Gary. He probably wished it were.
Sounds ugly and unattractive, reminds me of the word hairy.
I was never a fan of Harry Potter or One Direction, so I think that this name just sounds like either an old man or a little boy’s name.
Harry balls.
It's a handsome name but the pronunciation sounds like "hairy", like if a boy with this name had long hair. I dislike men with long hair, though.
Harry Potter ruined this name.
I despise it! It always reminds me of hairy: Hairy Harry.
This is the name of my boyfriend and I think it is gorgeous, I love everything about it and I love that it is popular. I don't particularly like the name Henry but that is just my personal opinion. I think that Harry is a perfect name.
I love this name, but would love it more if we pronounced it with a British or Australian accent. Like someone mentioned, this name can be a musician name or a professional name. I think of Harry Chapin, Harry Styles, Prince Harry, Harry S. Truman, and when Harry met Sally before Harry Potter (but I still do think of Harry Potter). I do predict this name will be on the rise though due to Harry Styles and Prince Harry.
Ewww like hairy? Actually nvm! This name should be just Harr so then your kid can be named hair like luxurious hair. Like if your kid had long hair?
Harry was the name of a character in Mamma Mia the Musical.
To be honest, I can only think of Harry Style and Harry Potter whenever I hear this name, but it’s not bad.
Harry Potter might be unusual, but he certainly doesn’t have an unusual name.
I am a Harry. You won't believe how many people call us Harry Potter.
Sounds wet, not my favourite name at all, wouldn't use it.
Harris "Harry" Brewis is a famous left-wing political video essayist on YouTube.
Harry Callaghan is a musical artist and director. He is known for creating the soundtrack for the 2015 game Portal Stories: Mel.
I like this name because of Harry Potter. I am a huge Harry Potter fan. Great name.
Just one question. If people can use Harry as a formal name and it is so popular, then why do some people frown upon using names like Billy, Danny, Johnny, Sammy etc?, as Harry is a diminutive of Henry.
I was a huge Harry Potter fan until I found out JK Rowling was transphobic. I hate Harry Potter now because of that. I actually would not name my kid after a character in a fictional story anyway, but the association with Harry Potter really makes it bad for me now. You have your opinion though.
It is also used as a diminutive of Harrison (The first name). I would know, as that is my name.
Harry is a pretty decent boy's name that sounds rather vintage without it sounding abundantly old fashioned. Another attribute that I have noticed is the simplicity of this name which is an additional bonus in my book.
This name is used by the famous (and not real) Harry Potter. It's my fave movie and book. :D.
This name, it seems it can suit both people in the entertainment industry (such as Harry Styles, Harry Melling, Harry Shum Jr., etc.) or someone more professional (like Harry S. Truman). It ages well, and I don't mind that it sounds like "hairy". In fact, since I'm a Harry Potter fan, I joke about it with my friends.
The Sundance Kid’s real name was Harry Longabaugh. He was played by the lovely Robert Redford in the 1969 movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
In 2018, 63 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Harry who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 275th most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.
FYI, not all Americans pronounce Harry like hairy. There's something called the merry, Mary, marry divide. I say all three of those words differently from each other (and Harry rhymes with marry, but not with Mary or merry). It's more the Midwest of the U.S. where they say those words the same way. Furthermore, there is no "correct" way of pronouncing things in terms of people's accents. That is an elitist, provincial way of viewing language and you are in disagreement with the greatest linguists in the world if you think there are correct and incorrect accents. I like the name Harry. It sounds friendly to me. I hope it comes back into style in the U.S.
Harry is my uncle's name. It's a good name, and doesn't sound like hairy with the proper pronunciation. The American pronunciation makes it sound like that.
Actual name of the first Singaporean Prime Minister.
Harry Reasoner was an American television journalist and one of the original correspondents for CBS’ 60 Minutes.
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.
Harry Kane is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and the England national team.
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'.
The name reminds me of Harry Potter. What a pretty, nice name. It is a wonderful British name.
Unless you're American, it is pronounced 'Harry' not 'Hairy' so there's no problem. Don't be stupid.
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...
Harry... You remind me of Harry Potter! Harry means happiness: Harry is always happy.
My granny's grandad was called Harry!
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.
Harry Judd member of Mcfly and Mcbusted.
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.
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.
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.
I prefer the pronunciation HAR-ee to HER-ee.
Harry Wormwood is the title character's tacky, dishonest, used-car-salesman father in Roald Dahl's "Matilda."
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.
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.
Surgeon-Lieutenant Harry Sullivan was a companion of the Fourth Doctor.
Sorry I don't really like this name... whenever I hear this name I think of Hairy...
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.
"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.
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"?
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!
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.
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!
This probably wouldn't count as a "famous bearer" comment, but the subject of this comment is famous among my family; Harry the cat.
Reminds me of hairy!
Henry is decidedly better! Harry sounds so provincial!
Harry Styles, from One Direction.
Harry T. Stone was a main character on the American television series "Night Court".
Harry Clarke (1889-1931) was an Irish artist and designer of stained glass.
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.
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.
The wealthy man who founded Perry Hall, Maryland's name is Harry Dorsey Gough.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When Harry met Sally.
I personally associate this name with one of my favorite musicians, Harry Connick, Jr., as well as with Harry Potter.
Harry Haller is the name of the protagonist and narrator of Hermann Hesse's novel Steppenwolf.
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!
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?
Pronounced Hah-ree. In the UK it sounds nothing like the word 'Hairy', unlike in the US.
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.
Harry Treadaway is an English actor. He is going to play Doon in the new movie "The City of Ember".
I think this is a good name. Even that dratted Harry Smotter or Potter or whoever can't ruin this name for me.
Harry came from the Medieval English form of Henry. Some say that Harry is a nickname for Harold.
Short form of Harriet sometimes too.
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.
Dr Harry Cooper is a vet with the Australian television series, Better Homes & Gardens.
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!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
Don't forget Harry Dresden, another famous wizard.
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.
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.
I've never heard it pronounced "HER-ee". I've always heard it like "hairy" or "HAH-ree".
Harry Morgan played Col. Sherman T. Potter in the successful television programme "M*A*S*H" (1972-1983).
EWWW! I hate this name! Who would name their child "hairy"?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Harry Melling incidentally plays Dudley Dursely in the "Harry Potter" movies.
Usually pronounced "HAH-ree" in Britain.
Harry Shearer voices various characters on "The Simpsons" including Mr. Burns, Smithers, and Ned Flanders.
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!
Harry Joseph Letterman is David Letterman and his girlfriend Regina Lasko's son, who was named after Letterman's father.
I bet most people in a word association with Harry would think of Harry Potter.
Harry is the birth name of Bing Crosby.
American President Harry S. Truman is a famous bearer.
Harry is a really cute name! It suits Harry Potter and I couldn't think of his name being anything else!
Can also be a shortened form of Harrison.
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.
Harry can be used as a nickname for Harold as well.
This is the name of Prince Harry, the youngest son of Prince Charles of Wales and the late Princess Diana of Wales.
The title character in JK Rowling's famed series.
Harry Potter of Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardy. The legend goes that Harry single handedly defeated Lord Voldemort.

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