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Baby Names Inspired by Harry Potter

Big Harry Potter fan? Learn more about the characters names and get some Potter inspiration for naming your baby!

Since its first publication in 1997, "Harry Potter" has become part of the mainstream, making its way into almost everybody's pop culture knowledge. In fact, the books, movies and myriad other "Harry Potter" activities have become such an integral part of society that it's uncommon to meet someone who doesn't know about the dramatic story of a young boy who discovers he's a wizard. Because it's such a universally well-loved story, it has shaped the generations that grew up with it in more ways than one. One example: It's become an inspiration for tons of different baby names.

If you're considering naming your son or daughter after a character in this beloved series, take a look at these ideas for trendy baby names inspired by "Harry Potter":

Top names from the 'Harry Potter' series

If you're an avid fan of the "Harry Potter" books, there are some instantly recognizable names you can choose for your expected baby. Harry, Ron and Hermione are, of course, some of the best choices to pay homage to the series. Become inspired by other characters of the series by considering different character groups. For example, James, Lily, Molly and Arthur, are all parents in the series and lovely names for your boy or girl. Harry's peers include Oliver, Luna, Neville, Angelina, Lavender, Cedric and Seamus, among many others. Beloved teachers include Albus, Minerva, Sybill and Horace.

Should you opt for an unusual name?

The wizarding world described in the "Harry Potter" books is full of unique and nontraditional words and names. For that reason, if you're choosing a name for your son or daughter based on the series, you'll have the option of going with something a bit unconventional. Bellatrix, for example, is an integral antagonist in the series, with a one-of-a-kind name. Other interesting names include Cornelius, Helena and Kingsley. If you do opt for one of these more unusual names, don't forget that you can use your own version of it. For example, Bellatrix could easily become Bella, while Neil is a shorter alternative to Cornelius.

More 'Harry Potter' names for boys

There are tons of other "Harry Potter" inspired baby name options. Here are more ideas for your expected son:

  • Dean, one of Harry's classmates.
  • Zacharias, a Hufflepuff student and quidditch rival.
  • Fred or George, one of the Weasley twins.
  • Dudley, Harry's cousin.
  • Nicolas, a famous alchemist from the first book and movie.

More 'Harry Potter' names for girls

  • Rita, the devious reporter who ends up helping Harry during hard times.
  • Alice, the mother of Neville Longbottom, one of Harry's Gryffindor classmates.
  • Ginny, Ron's sister and Harry's eventual girlfriend (and wife!).
  • Ariana, Dumbledore's late sister whose story is introduced in the final book.
  • Penelope, a character from the first couple of books who dated Ron's brother Percy.

When looking for inspiration during this process, don't forget to look to your favorite stories, whether it's "Harry Potter" or anything else: Baby names from children's books can be meaningful for the whole family.

Also don't forget to check out the last baby name trends for more inspiration, with our current top 100 boys names and top 100 girls names lists!

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