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Harry

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423k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meanings and Origins

What does the name Harry mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Harry

"Harry" is a name of English origin, and it means "Army Ruler". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Har"ry
Senses
  1. To strip; to pillage; to lay waste; as, the Northmen came several times and harried the land."To harry this beautiful region." [W. Irving.]"A red squirrel had harried the nest of a wood thrush." [J. Burroughs.]
  2. To agitate; to worry; to harrow; to harass.
    synonyms: To ravage; plunder; pillage; lay waste; vex; tease; worry; annoy; harass.

Etymology: OE. harwen herien herȝien, AS. hergian to act as an army, to ravage, plunder, fr. here army; akin to G. heer, Icel. herr, Goth. harjis, and Lith. karas war. Cf. Harbor Herald Heriot

verb Har"ry
To make a predatory incursion; to plunder or lay waste.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Make a pillaging or destructive raid on (a place), as in wartimes
  2. Annoy continually or chronically ("He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked")
Wiktionary

Medieval English spoken form of Old French Henri.

  1. A male given name, also used as a pet form of Henry and Harold.
  2. (rare compared to given name) A patronymic surname​.

Harry was also found in the following language(s): Danish, German, Norwegian, Portuguese, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Harry

H. Jon Benjamin is a comedian. H. was given the name Harry Jon Benjamin on May 23rd, 1966 in Worcester, Massachusetts, United States.

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Harry S. Truman was a 33rd President of the United States, 34th Vice President of the United States, Presiding Judge of Jackson County, Missouri, and List of county executives of Jackson County. He holds the title Harry S. Truman's Farewell Address. His military service ended in 1911. Harry was born on May 8th, 1884 in Lamar, Missouri, U.S. He passed away on December 26th, 1972.

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Harry Styles is a pop music singing and songwriter. His most notable accomplishments were from 2010 to present. Harry was given the name Harry Edward Styles on February 1st, 1994 in Redditch, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom.

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Harry Kane is a soccer player for the Tottenham Hotspur F.C., Arsenal F.C., Leyton Orient F.C., Millwall F.C., Norwich City F.C., Leicester City F.C., England national under-17 football team, England national under-19 football team, and England national under-20 football team. Harry was born on July 28th, 1993 in Chingford, England. Harry is also known as Kane and Harry Edward.

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Harry Houdini was an illusionist, magician, escapologist, stunt performer, actor, historian, film producer, pilot, debunker, and magic (illusion). His career lasted from 1891 to 1926. Harry was given the name Erik Weisz on March 24th, 1874 in Budapest. He died on October 31st, 1926.

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Bing Crosby was a singer and actor. He has been prominent since 1926. Bing was given the name Harry Lillis Crosby, Jr. on May 3rd, 1903 in Tacoma, Washington. He died on October 14th, 1977.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Harry

Prince Harry is royalty. He holds the title Prince Henry of Wales, Prince Henry of Wales ([[#Titles, and styles. Prince was born as the child of Charles, Prince of Wales, Diana, and Princess of Wales on September 15th, 1984 in St Mary's Hospital, London, England.

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Debbie Harry is a rock music, new wave music, punk rock, disco, and pop music singer-songwriter, actress, former playboy bunny, and playboy bunny. She has been prominent since 1968. Debbie was given the name Deborah Ann Harry on July 1st, 1945 in Miami, Florida, U.S.

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Jackée Harry is an actress, television personality, actor, and celebrity. She was most prominent from 1982 to present. Jackée was given the name Jacqueline Yvonne Harry on August 14th, 1956 in , U.S. Jackée is also known as Jackée and Jackée Y. Harry.

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Blind Harry was a minstrel. He was most prominent from 1470 to 1492. Blind was born in 1440. He left this life in 1492.

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Dirty Harry is an alternative rock and pop rock musician, singing, and songwriter. She plays Human voice and Guitar. Dirty was given the name Victoria Harrison on May 10th, 1982 in London. Dirty is also known as Harrison and Victoria.

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Bill Harry is a journalist, p.r., and public relations. Bill was born on September 17th, 1938 in Smithdown Road Hospital, Liverpool, Lancashire, England, UK.

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How popular is the baby name Harry in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 2,158 6 2,152 #12 boy name
1881 2,002 0 2,002 #12 boy name
1882 2,246 14 2,232 #12 boy name
1883 2,116 6 2,110 #12 boy name
1884 2,338 15 2,323 #12 boy name
1885 2,209 11 2,198 #12 boy name
1886 2,272 15 2,257 #12 boy name
1887 2,070 13 2,057 #12 boy name
1888 2,772 13 2,759 #9 boy name
1889 2,564 5 2,559 #8 boy name
1890 2,357 12 2,345 #10 boy name
1891 2,141 9 2,132 #9 boy name
1892 2,471 11 2,460 #9 boy name
1893 2,264 19 2,245 #10 boy name
1894 2,199 10 2,189 #10 boy name
1895 2,143 15 2,128 #12 boy name
1896 2,102 11 2,091 #11 boy name
1897 1,888 9 1,879 #13 boy name
1898 2,134 5 2,129 #12 boy name
1899 1,732 0 1,732 #13 boy name
1900 2,279 7 2,272 #13 boy name
1901 1,602 8 1,594 #13 boy name
1902 1,761 11 1,750 #13 boy name
1903 1,656 9 1,647 #13 boy name
1904 1,731 9 1,722 #13 boy name
1905 1,631 12 1,619 #14 boy name
1906 1,645 14 1,631 #14 boy name
1907 1,824 11 1,813 #14 boy name
1908 1,941 7 1,934 #14 boy name
1909 1,933 9 1,924 #14 boy name
1910 1,987 9 1,978 #16 boy name
1911 2,550 12 2,538 #13 boy name
1912 4,648 24 4,624 #16 boy name
1913 5,480 22 5,458 #15 boy name
1914 6,612 24 6,588 #19 boy name
1915 8,497 27 8,470 #19 boy name
1916 8,523 47 8,476 #19 boy name
1917 8,891 35 8,856 #19 boy name
1918 9,938 42 9,896 #20 boy name
1919 9,028 39 8,989 #20 boy name
1920 9,455 46 9,409 #21 boy name
1921 9,785 54 9,731 #21 boy name
1922 9,121 43 9,078 #22 boy name
1923 9,316 52 9,264 #22 boy name
1924 9,157 43 9,114 #22 boy name
1925 8,657 45 8,612 #23 boy name
1926 8,261 52 8,209 #25 boy name
1927 8,075 57 8,018 #25 boy name
1928 7,668 60 7,608 #26 boy name
1929 7,197 60 7,137 #27 boy name
1930 6,889 44 6,845 #28 boy name
1931 6,075 35 6,040 #30 boy name
1932 5,744 40 5,704 #32 boy name
1933 5,165 28 5,137 #35 boy name
1934 5,116 20 5,096 #36 boy name
1935 5,087 33 5,054 #37 boy name
1936 4,952 24 4,928 #39 boy name
1937 4,836 23 4,813 #41 boy name
1938 4,841 19 4,822 #44 boy name
1939 4,679 16 4,663 #45 boy name
1940 4,694 17 4,677 #47 boy name
1941 5,083 25 5,058 #48 boy name
1942 5,647 20 5,627 #48 boy name
1943 5,742 23 5,719 #50 boy name
1944 5,499 22 5,477 #49 boy name
1945 5,674 21 5,653 #47 boy name
1946 6,050 23 6,027 #50 boy name
1947 6,527 15 6,512 #54 boy name
1948 5,965 20 5,945 #57 boy name
1949 5,560 16 5,544 #59 boy name
1950 5,393 18 5,375 #61 boy name
1951 5,322 15 5,307 #70 boy name
1952 5,008 16 4,992 #75 boy name
1953 4,585 13 4,572 #83 boy name
1954 4,371 15 4,356 #86 boy name
1955 4,152 16 4,136 #89 boy name
1956 3,937 15 3,922 #95 boy name
1957 3,811 15 3,796 #100 boy name
1958 3,601 16 3,585
1959 3,296 15 3,281
1960 3,039 21 3,018
1961 2,759 19 2,740
1962 2,633 8 2,625
1963 2,508 12 2,496
1964 2,412 11 2,401
1965 2,122 10 2,112
1966 2,002 9 1,993
1967 1,889 11 1,878
1968 1,789 12 1,777
1969 1,639 11 1,628
1970 1,709 11 1,698
1971 1,537 8 1,529
1972 1,346 13 1,333
1973 1,212 7 1,205
1974 1,094 15 1,079
1975 1,085 13 1,072
1976 977 10 967
1977 958 9 949
1978 923 11 912
1979 923 9 914
1980 867 8 859
1981 841 5 836
1982 776 8 768
1983 764 11 753
1984 734 7 727
1985 788 8 780
1986 677 0 677
1987 715 5 710
1988 678 8 670
1989 746 0 746
1990 626 0 626
1991 633 0 633
1992 645 0 645
1993 567 0 567
1994 551 0 551
1995 508 0 508
1996 482 0 482
1997 449 0 449
1998 479 0 479
1999 460 0 460
2000 438 0 438
2001 454 0 454
2002 437 0 437
2003 447 0 447
2004 446 0 446
2005 459 0 459
2006 414 0 414
2007 445 0 445
2008 379 0 379
2009 384 0 384
2010 364 0 364
2011 324 0 324
2012 325 0 325
2013 328 0 328
2014 336 0 336
2015 300 0 300
2016 372 0 372

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Popularity of Harry as a first name

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Popularity of Harry as a last name

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Common last names for Harry

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Harry U.S.
  White 59.05% 64.26%
  African American 28.61% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.13% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 3.07% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.63% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.51% 16.26%

Of Last Name Harry

People with the last name Harry are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Harry

  • How Popular is the name Harry? Harry is the 156th most popular name of all time. As a last name Harry was the 3,802nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Harry have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 422,522 babies born with the first name Harry in the United States. That's more than enough people named Harry to occupy the country of Malta with an estimated population of 417,617 (as of December 31, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Harry? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 2,158 new born babies.
  • When was Harry first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Harry is Tuesday, October 21st, 1823.
  • What year had the most people named Harry born? The highest recorded use of the first name Harry was in 1918 with a total of 9,896 babies. That's a lot of babies named Harry!
  • Random Harry Factoid: According to the 1917 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Harry ranks 31st in popularity as a baby boy's name in North Dakota. Imagine that, 59 babies in North Dakota have the same name as you in 1917.
  • Weird things about the name Harry: Your name in reverse order is Yrrah. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ryhra. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Harry? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 9,311 people with the last name Harry.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Harry? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Harry as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.