J.K Rowling introduced us to a wonderful and magical world of Harry Potter. Her world made us all feel like children inside and it inspired us to be kind to others and to always do the right thing. But the HP series also doubles as a great place to discover baby names.
It is hard enough to name a baby in today’s world; parents become self-conscious about the names they have picked out. Is it too popular? Does it have a good meaning? Will it stand the test of time when the child enters adulthood? These are just some of the questions that plague parents on the regular.
The generation of children who grew up alongside the Harry Potter series is slowly entering parenthood. Those who anxiously awaited for the new books to arrive, or who stood in life for the midnight movie reveal are at the time in their life when they may at least be thinking about becoming a parent. What better way than to turn to a childhood past time for names?
Parents can even bet money that J.K Rowling herself would approve of these names, after all, she created them. The most important thing is that these names will certainly evoke a magical meaning for both children and parents alike.
We are going to start at the most obvious beginning and show the name that always comes to people’s minds when they think of this magical word, and that is Harry. Harry was a hero that no one knew they needed, and he rose above his challenges to become one of the greatest wizards that ever lived.
The name Harry is a diminutive of the name Henry, and it means “estate ruler.” According to Nameberry.com, the name was ranked in at #649 when it comes to popularity and it rose another 9% this week alone.
Ronald is another obvious choice for any Harry Potter fan. Ronald, or Ron, as he was called in the book was Harry’s best friend. Ron was a boy who came from a large family who did not have very much to their name, but he was kind and loyal. He was always there for Harry and never gave up.
The name meaning actually suits the character very well, it means “ruler’s counselor.” He served as Harry’s counselor for a long time. The name is of Norse origin as well. In 2017, the name was ranked in at #460 when it comes to popularity.
This name has its good and bad points. It is definitely a name that you won’t hear very often, but it is also a name that screams Harry Potter. It will be instantly recognized as being inspired by the books. Your child will always have to hear some sort of remark or joke when they say their name, so it is something to consider.
The name is of Greek origin and it means “messenger, earthly.” The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity, which means it is not in the top 1000. It also has not risen or declined lately as well.
Besides Harry, Albus is the name of the next most-loved character of the series and it is the first name of Dumbledore. Dumbledore was the headmaster of Hogwarts and he was always there for Harry to come to for any help and assistance. He became a father figure in Harry’s life and was respected by everyone who knew him.
The name is of Latin origin and it means “white, bright.” It seems Rowling picked these names for a reason because Dumbledore was known for his long white beard and was often wearing white. The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity.
Alastor comes to us from character Alastor Moody. Moody was often misunderstood in the book, and that is because the first time we meet Moody, he is actually being portrayed by Peter Pettigrew who was not a good guy. Moody was actually a valued member of a group that was aimed at fighting off Lord Voldemort.
The name Alastor is of Greek origin and it means “avenger.” It is not ranked when it comes to popularity, so it is not a name that you will find on the playground too often, which may just be what mom and dad are looking for.
Cedric is a name that sounds incredibly unique and was the name of a well-loved character. Cedric Diggory was not in the book for long, but for the time he was, he was well-loved. He appeared in the fourth novel and was one of the contestants in the Triwizard Tournament. Cedric was played by Robert Pattinson. Unfortunately, Cedric had a sad ending in the novel.
The name is of Celtic origin and it means “bounty.” In 2017, the name ranked in at #983 when it comes to popularity. It has dropped some, so it may be soon that this name is not ranked at all.
Even though the world of Harry Potter is a magical place, not all names where magical. Some characters had your average names as well. Fred was one of the names of one of the Weasley twins. Ron Weasley had two twin brothers, Fred and George. These two brought a lot of comedic relief when things got a little tense.
The name Fred is of German origin, it is a diminutive of the names Frederick and Alfred. The name means “peaceful ruler.” It was not ranked in 2017, and it dropped another 32% when it comes to popularity.
James is another very common name in the Harry Potter world though we never actually get to meet the character. James is referring to James Potter and this is Harry’s father. Harry’s parents were killed by Lord Voldemort when Harry was just an infant. Harry is constantly trying to live up to who he believes his father to be. Though he finds out through the novels that everyone has their flaws.
The name is of Hebrew origin and it means “supplanter.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #4 on the popularity charts, and it even rose higher. This may be the most popular name on our list.
Everyone who has read Harry Potter has a special place in their heart for Neville Longbottom. Neville was a constant character throughout the Harry Potter stories, and while it may have seemed like he was a coward, he actually turned out to be one of the bravest students at Hogwarts.
The name is actually of French origin and it means “new town.” In 2017, the name did not rank when it came to personality, so it is perfect for parents who want their child to stand out in a crowd.
Oliver Wood was not that well-known of a character within the series, and only a diehard fan will remember him from just a passing phrase. Oliver was a student at Hogwarts who was a couple years older than Harry, and he first introduced him to the sport Quidditch.
Oliver is quite a popular name now, and there are a lot of little boys running around with this adorable name. The name is of Latin origin and it means “olive tree.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #9 when it comes to popularity, but it continues to grow.
Rubeus is another main character from Harry Potter, but he is mostly known as Hagrid. Hagrid is the first-person Harry meets from the magical world and he is known as a big softie. He is always there for Harry and his friends although he sometimes gets in a bit of trouble. He is a gentle giant.
The name Rubeus comes from the Latin word meaning ‘red.’ It is likely that J.K Rowling got the name Rubeus from the gentle giant, Hagrid Rubes of Greek mythology. The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity.
When we are first introduced to Sirius Black in the Harry Potter story, we are all terrified of him. He is portrayed as being a dangerous criminal that is on the run and is after Harry. We soon come to find out that he was framed and that he is in fact Harry’s Godfather. He and Harry become close, due to him being one of the only close links he has to Harry’s dad.
The name is of Latin and Greek origin and it means “burning.” The name is also not ranked when it comes to popularity, though it did rise 23% this week alone.
Fleur is a beautiful and feminine name that was well suited for the character who carried it. Fleur was the name of a young female student from another school who was also a contender for the Triwizard cup. She fought alongside Cedric and Harry and was loved by a lot of the Hogwarts boys.
The name is of French origin, giving it an exotic sound to it and it means “flower.” The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity and it dropped even further. It is a graceful name for any little lady out there.
If you don’t want a name that means flower, you could always go with a name that represents an actual flower. Lily has always been a popular name for little ladies, but it means something special to Harry Potter. Lily is the name of his mother, who was also murdered by Lord Voldemort when Harry was just a baby. The only reason little Harry survived was because he was protected by his mother’s love.
The name is listed as an English flower name and has no other place of origin or meaning. In 2017, the name was ranked in at #33 when it comes to popularity, and it rose another 9% this week alone.
Luna is a name that is derived from the character Luna Lovegood. We didn’t mean Luna until near the end of the series, but she came to be a big help to Harry and his group of friends. She was often seen as an eccentric, but she turned out to be a positive ray of sunshine when times were otherwise dark.
The name is of Latin origin and it means “moon.” Luna Lovegood was often seen wearing crescent moon shaped items. In 2017, the name was ranked in at #37 when it comes to popularity and it actually rose another 5% this week alone.
Molly is a sweet name that any little lady would love to have. Molly was the name of Ron’s mom in the world of Harry Potter, and she was well-loved. She was quite the mother and took care of every child and not just her own. She became a mother figure to Harry and always welcomed him into her home.
The name is of Hebrew origin and it is actually a diminutive of the name Mary. The name means “bitter.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #166 when it comes to popularity and it seems to be sitting there comfortably.
Minerva is definitely not a name that one will see very often so it is perfect for those parents who want a one-of-a-kind name that starts a conversation. Minerva was the first name of Professor McGonagall. She taught transfiguration, which was the ability to transform yourself and objects into something else. She always chose to turn into a cat. She may have been tough, but she was brave, and she looked out for all of her students.
The name is of Latin origin and it means “of the mind, intellect.” It also can be shortened to create the adorable nickname, Minnie.
Helena is not a name that is instantly recognized as being a part of Harry Potter’s world. Which is perfect for parents who want a name that is associated with the craze without being too obvious. Helena was the first name of Helena Hufflepuff, one of the founders of Hogwarts. Hufflepuffs were a group of students who were kind and loyal.
Helena is of Greek origin and is a form of the name Helen. It means “bright, shining light.” In 2017, the name ranked in at #516 when it comes to popularity. The name also rose another 16% this week alone.
This section may have a spoiler alert if anyone has not read the books or watched the movies yet. Ginny Weasley is Ron’s younger sister. We first see her pretty early in the series, and she never quite leaves. She fades for a bit and then comes back. She has always been infatuated with Harry, but it isn’t until later that Harry starts to return these feelings. At the end of the series, it is shown that the pair did grow up to get married and have children.
The name is of English origin and it is considered a version of the name Virginia. The name means “virginal.” It is also not ranked when it comes to popularity.
Ariana is not a common name found in Harry Potter, and even the most hardcore fans may have a hard time placing it. Ariana is the name of Dumbledore’s beloved sister. We don’t hear too much about her until near the end of the story when Harry and his friends go to visit Dumbledore’s brother. Ariana’s backstory is explained more thoroughly in the book versus the movie.
The name Ariana is the Italian variation of the name Ariadne and it means “most holy.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #66 when it comes to popularity. It also slightly rose this week, so it may be on its way to a top spot soon.
Hedwig is one of the most well-loved characters in the series, and it is not even a human. Hedwig is the name of Harry’s owl, his most trusted friend and pet. Owls are important in the land of Harry Potter, they are about a lot more than transferring mail.
The name Hedwig is actually listed as a feminine name, and it is of German origin. It means “war.” The name is not currently listed when it comes to popularity, though it did rise 20% this week alone.
Padma has a smaller role in Harry Potter, but she has an exotic sounding name which makes it extremely popular. Padma Patil is one of a set of twins who belong to the house of Ravenclaw. She is first seen briefly in the first Harry Potter book but doesn’t have a big role until the fourth book when she becomes Harry’s date to a ball.
As mentioned before, the name Padma is not that common. It is not ranked when it comes to popularity, but it did rise 21% in popularity. The name is of Sanskrit origin and it means “lotus.”
Seamus is another character in Harry Potter that has a smaller role in the books, but every character has a spot to play. Seamus Finnigan is in the same year as Harry and actually shares a dorm room with him in Gryffindor. Seamus always has a joke to say and is constantly seen with the group around the lunch tables.
Spelling may be deceiving when it comes to this name because the name is actually pronounced SHAY-mus. This name is the Irish version of the name James and it means “supplanter.” In 2017, the name ranked in at #977 when it comes to popularity.
Dean is another friend of Harry’s who shares the same room. Dean has a lot in common with Harry and that he is just learning about the wizarding world because both of his parents are human. He only learned of his special ability when he received his letter from Hogwarts.
The name Dean is not an unheard name. It is actually considered a unisex name and can be used for both genders. The name is of English origin and it means “church official.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #188.
Parvati is the twin sister to Padma and she was placed in a different house than her twin sister, showing that the sorting hat does not care if you are related or not. She also became a member of Dumbledore’s Army, a group of students led by Harry to fight Lord Voldemort and other enemies.
The name Parvati is not common in the western world, so it is not ranked when it comes to popularity. This is a name that will definitely have people looking twice. The name is of Sanskrit origin and it means “of the mountains.”
Lavender Brown is another character that has a small role to play in the Harry Potter books. She is the same age as Harry and is in the same house. She is also very good friends with Parvati. She had a keen interest in the divination class, which is that of fortune telling.
A lot of people favor names that remind them of flowers, gems or months, but very few select names of color for their children. This name has no place of origin or meaning because it is simply a color. It is also not ranked when it comes to popularity, which is not surprising.
Cormac is not a name that one would remember right away when it comes to Harry Potter. Cormac was a bit older than Harry Potter, he was in the year ahead of him. Cormac was known for his part in an embarrassing loss in a Quidditch match. He also fought alongside the students at the big war in the end. It is assumed he survived as he was not listed among the casualties.
Cormac is an Irish name that means “charioteer.” It is not ranked when it comes to popularity, but it did rise 13% this week, so it may be on its way back into the charts.
Rita Skeeter was a nuisance in the world of Harry Potter. We first see Rita in the fourth Harry Potter book/film and she is a journalist who is covering the Triwizard tournament. She is famous for putting her nose where it doesn’t belong and not quite capturing the entire story. Often making Harry look bad in the media.
Nevertheless, J.K Rowling must see something in the name she likes. The name Rita is a version of the name Margarita and it means “pearl.” The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity.
We are used to seeing this name spelled Victor, but we are going to go with the Russian spelling in order to impress J.K Rowling. Viktor is inspired by Viktor Krum, who we meet in the fourth Harry Potter book. He is a student from a Russian school of wizardry and he is a tough guy. He is also there to compete in the Triwizard tournament and he wins the heart of Hermione in the process.
The name is of Latin origin and it means “conqueror.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #165 in popularity, so it is more popular than we may think.
We meet Garrick at the very beginning of the Harry Potter story, and he is the one who sells Harry his first wand. He is very sure that the wand chooses the wizard and not the other way around. His last name is Ollivander and that is how a lot of people know him. Few even remember that his first name is Garrick.
The name is of Teutonic origin and it means “mighty warrior.” The name is also not ranked when it comes to popularity, so it is the perfect choice for a parent looking for a name that will get people talking.