[ 2 syll. har-ry, ha-rry ] The baby boy name Harry is sometimes used as a girl name. Its pronunciation is HHAA-Riy- or HHEY-R-iy- †. Harry is used chiefly in the English language and it is derived from Germanic origins. The French name Henri was brought into England by the Normans, and the nasal French pronunciation of the 'r' consonant led to the medieval English pronunciation of Henri as Herry or Harry. This gave rise to the variant Harry, a vernacular form which was commonly used in England before the 17th century. In the late 20th century, the name enjoyed a boost in popularity as it was used by the English royal family for Prince Henry, who is more commonly known as Prince Harry. Its popularity was also enhanced by the name of the titular boy hero of the Harry Potter (1997-2007) series of novels by J. K. Rowling. These two influences have led to the form Harry being more common in England today. Henry is the usual form used in America.
In addition, Harry is a diminutive form of the name Harold (English and German) in the English language as well as a diminutive form of the name Harald (German and Scandinavian) in the English language.
Harry is also a diminutive form of the name Henry (English).
The name Harriet (English) is the female form of Harry.
Hal (English diminutive form) is another variant of Harry.
See also the related form, Harrison (English).
Harry is a classic favorite. At present it is still fairly popular as a baby name for boys, though to a lesser extent than it was previously. In 1900, 1.399% of baby boys were given the name Harry. It ranked at #13 then. The baby name has since substantially fallen in popularity, and it is of occasional use in recent years. In 2018, its usage was only 0.022% and its ranking #620, but it was nonetheless the 3rd most popular after Henry and Harrison, within all boy names in its group. In 2018, Henry was used 25 times more than Harry. Harry has mostly been a baby boy name in the past century. In 1929, the name Harry was given to 124 times as many baby boys than girls.
† Pronunciation for Harry: HH as in "he (HH.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)"
Details of famous persons named Harry:
Clergyman Harry Emerson Fosdick, born 24 May 1878 - 5 October 1969, Buffalo, New York.
Fictional Wizard Harry Potter, born 1997.
Filmmaker Hal Roach, born Harry Eugene Roach, January 14, 1892 - November 2, 1992, Elmira, New York.
Jazz Musician Harry (Jr) Connick, born Joseph Harry Fowler Connick (Jr), 11 September 1967, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Magician Harry Houdini, born Ehrich Weiss, 24 March 1874 - 31 October 1926, Budapest, Hungary.
Musician Harry Mills, born 19 August 1913 - 28 June 1982, Piqua, Ohio.
Royalty Prince Harry, born Henry Charles Albert David Windsor, 15 September 1984, London, England.
Singer Harry Belafonte, born Harold George Belafonte, Jr., 1 March 1927, New York, New York.
Singer Harry Chapin, born 7 December 1942 - 16 July 1981, New York, New York.
Singer Bing Crosby, born Harry Lillis Crosby, 3 May 1903 - 14 October 1977, Tacoma, Washington.