The Harry Potter books and movies have been a craze all around the globe. The characters have names that are of an eclectic range of cultures, and languages. Many of these names are rare and unique.
So no matter whether you are the biggest Harry Potter fan or just a moviegoer who loves the magic of this series you are sure to find a name that is the perfect fit for your little boy or girl.
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Names Inspired by Gryffindor
Gryffindor stands for bravery, nerve, courage, and chivalry.
Alessia – Italian in origin and means defender. In the series, she is a pureblood witch and shared a dorm with Phoenix Malfoy and Alice Longbottom.
Aurora – Meaning the dawn and is of Latin origin. She was the ancient Roman goddess of the dawn. She taught in the Astronomy department at Hogwarts School.
Bernadette – Of French origin and means brave as a bear. An American witch who worked for the Magical Congress of the United States in 1926 as an executioner.
Ginny – A diminutive form of Virginia and of English origin. She is the love interest of Harry and later goes on to become his wife.
Hermione – A Greek name derived from Hermes meaning well-born. She is Harry Potter’s best friend.
Lavender – Means a purple flowering plant and is of English origin. Lavender Brown is Ron Weasley’s girlfriend.
Lily – The name means lily flower and is of English origin. In the series, she is portrayed as the mother of Harry Potter.
Matilda – Matilda Wormwood is a young girl with magical powers whose parents don’t love her, she is later adopted by a kind teacher. The name is of English origin and means battle strength.
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Minerva – A Latin name meaning to remember. It is the first name of Professor McGonagall.
Ramona – Ramona Potter is Harry’s sister. The name means counsel protection and is of Spanish origin.
Roslyn – Is a muggle-born and is studying journalism at a muggle university. The name means little rose and is of Spanish origin.
Ruby – A name of English origin and means red gemstone.
Albus – It is the first name of the Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore. The name means white and is of Latin origin.
Archibald – Archibald Bennett was a wigmaker who ran a shop in Diagon Alley. The name means truly bold and is of English origin.
Ember – A unisex name of English origin and means spark, burning low.
Emery – A name of English origin and means work ruler.
Evander – Evander Horwich was a pure-blood wizard and the only son of Morgan Horwich. The name means good man and is of Greek origin.
Griffin – A griffin is a magical creature with the head and front legs of an eagle and the body and back legs of a lion. The name means a fabled monster and is of Welsh origin.
Harry – Harry means army ruler and is of English origin. It is the name of the main character in the Harry Potter series.
Jasper – The name means treasurer and is of English origin.
Neville – A French name that means new town, it was originally a habitational name. Neville is a great character in the Harry Potter series and he almost shares a birthday with Harry Potter.
Phoenix – A phoenix is a mythical beast that rises from the ashes. One of the Harry Potter movies is names The Order of the Phoenix.
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Remus – Is of Latin origin and was the name of one of the mythical twins who founded Rome. Remus John Lupin first appears in the Prisoner of Azkaban as the new defense against the dark arts professor.
Ron/Ronald – Of English origin and means counsel rule. He is part of the trio, with the others being Harry and Hermione.
Sirius – He is Harry’s lunatic uncle, the name means burning brightly.
Xander – A name of Greek origin and means defender of the people.
Names Inspired by Hufflepuff
Hufflepuff stands for hard work, loyalty, dedication, and patience.
Agatha – Agatha Thrussington was a witch student at Hogwarts. The name means virtuous, good and is of Greek origin.
Alice – Neville’s mother. The name means from nobility and is of English origin.
Allegra – The name means joy and is of Latin origin.
Beatrix – A name of English origin and means bringer of joy.
Fern – Of English origin and means fern.
Goldie – A diminutive form of Golda, of English origin and means made of gold.
Hannah – Hannah Abbott is one of the main protagonists from the Harry Potter series. The name means grace and is of Hebrew origin.
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Helga – Helga Hufflepuff was one of the four founding members of Hogwarts. The name is of Scandinavian origin and means holy.
Iris – A Greek name that means colorful, rainbow.
Lark – Lark Alatar went to a muggle school until she received her letter from Hogwarts. The name means songbird and is of American origin.
Lucy – Lucy Weasley was the youngest daughter of Percy and Audrey Weasley. The name is of English origin and means light.
Pomona – Professor Pomona Sprout who worked as Head of Hufflepuff House. The name means fruit tree and is of Latin origin.
Poppy – Poppy Pomfrey was the matron at Hogwarts. A name of Latin origin and refers to the flower of the same name.
Soleil – A name of French origin and means sun.
Susan – A student at Hogwarts. The name means lily and is of Hebrew origin.
Alaric – Alaric is a name of German origin and means noble ruler, elf ruler.
Asher – A gender-neutral name that is of Hebrew origin and means blessed, happy.
Brighton – Meaning from the bright town and is of English origin.
Cedric – Cedric is the one who gives his life to keep Harry alive. The name is of English origin and means bounty.
Dillon – A name of Welsh origin and means born from the ocean. It is a form of Dylan.
Ezra – Of Hebrew origin and means help.
Felix – Felix Felicis is a portion that makes the drinker lucky for a period of time. The name means happy and prosperous and is of Latin origin.
Gareth – A name of Welsh origin and means spear rule.
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Justin – Justin Finch-Fletchley was a muggle-born wizard in the same year as Harry potter. A name that means just, fair, and is of English origin.
Newton – Newton Artemis Fido Scamander was a famous Magizoologist. The name means from the new town and is of English origin.
Oscar – A name of Irish origin and means deer lover.
Pax – A gender-neutral name that means peace. The name is of Latin origin.
Rhys – Of Welsh origin and means passion, enthusiasm.
Teddy – Edward Remus Lupin or Teddy was the son of Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks, who were Harry’s allies who died in the Battle of Hogwarts. The name means divine gift and is of English origin.
Zacharias – Zacharias Smith was a Chaser on the Hufflepuff Quidditch team. A name of Greek origin and means God has remembered.
Names Inspired by Ravenclaw
Ravenclaw stands for wisdom, knowledge, and intelligence.
Celeste – The name means heavenly and is of Latin origin.
Cordelia – Cordelia Gifford was a Ravenclaw student at Hogwarts. The name is of English origin and has an unknown meaning.
Cosima – The name means order and is of Italian origin.
Dara – Dara means compassionate and is of Hebrew origin.
Helena – Helena Ravenclaw features in the Deathly Hallows Part 2. The name means light and is of Greek origin.
Luna – Luna Lovegood first appears in the Order of the Phoenix and later joins Dumbledore’s Army. The name means the moon and is of Italian origin.
Myrtle – An Old English name that refers to a flowering shrub. In the series, she is one of the important characters in the Chamber of Secrets.
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Padma – Padma Patil was a witch in the same year as Harry Potter and had a twin sister Parvati Patil. A name of Indian origin and means lotus.
Pearl – A name of English origin and means smooth, round bead formed by a mollusk.
Penelope – Penelope Clearwater was a witch and Ravenclaw student at Hogwarts. She eventually starts dating Percy Weasley. A name of Greek origin and means with a web over her face.
Rowena – An Anglo-Saxon name that means white-haired. In the series, she is the co-founder of Hogwarts.
Sonia – A name of Slavic origin and means wisdom. It is a diminutive of Sophia.
Sybil – Professor Sybil Trelawney is a professor of Divination at Hogwarts. The name is of Greek origin and means prophets.
Veda – A name of Indian origin and means eternal knowledge.
Violet – Violet is a witch in a portrait hanging in Hogwarts. The name is of English origin and means purple/blue flower.
Willow – A name of English origin and means from the willow grove. In the Harry Potter series, Whomping Willows was a valuable and violent species.
Albert – Albert Runcorn was a Ministry of Magic employee. The name means noble, elf, bright, and is of English origin.
Alden – A name of English origin and means half Danish. It comes from the English surname Haldane.
Alvis – Of English origin and means elf wise.
Apollo – The Greek god of the sun. The name Apollo means destroyer and is of Greek origin.
Cato – Latin in origin and means good judgment, wise.
Filius – Professor Filius Flitwick is the head of Ravenclaw.
Garrick – Garrick Ollivander was a master wandmaker in the Potter movie series. Garrick is of English origin and means from a place covered by oaks.
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Gilderoy – Gilderoy Lockhart is a famous author and temporary Defense Against the Dark Arts professor at Hogwarts.
Hugo – A name of German origin and means bright in mind and spirit. Hugo Weasley is the second child of Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger.
Michael – Meaning who is like God and is of Hebrew origin.
Sage – Sage Bragnam was a Scottish wizard and a magical historian. Sage means herb or prophet and is of English origin.
Names Inspired by Slytherin
Slytherin stands for ambition, cunning, and resourcefulness.
Amara – Amara Malfoy is the sister of Draco and is the great great granddaughter of Phineas Nigellus Black. The name means eternal and is of Indian origin.
Belinda – A name of Spanish origin and means beautiful.
Bellatrix – Evolved in the Harry Potter series from an unnamed periphery character and went on to be played by Helena Bonham Carter. The name means bringer of joy and is of English origin.
Briar – English in origin and means shrub, small tree.
Isolde – A rare and unusual name of German origin that means she who is gazed upon.
Ivy – Ivy Warrington was a switch who attended Hogwarts. The name means climbing vine plant and is of English origin.
Jade – A name of English origin and means green gemstone.
Maeve – Queen Maeve was a medieval witch who trained young sorcerers in Ireland prior to the establishment of Hogwarts. The name means intoxicating and is of Irish origin.
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Millicent – An old name that has not been used since the middle-ages. The name is derived from French and means strength. She is a Slytherin student.
Narcissa – Narcissa Malfoy was the mother of Draco Malfoy. The name means numbness and is of Greek origin.
Pansy – Pansy Parkinson was a witch in Harry Potter’s year at Hogwarts. It means violet flower and is of American origin.
Zinnia – A name of Latin origin and means flower.
Alistair – This was the name of a spider who lived under the stairs at 4 Privet Drive. The name means defender of the people and is of Scottish origin.
Atlas – A name of Greek origin and means support, prop.
Draco – A name of Italian origin and means dragon. Draco is a less than positive character in the Harry Potter series.
Enzo – Of Italian origin and is a short form of Lorenzo.
Fox – a wild animal in the dog family and is of English origin.
Gregory – Gregory Goyle is one of the Slytherin students who works with Draco Malfoy. A name of Greek origin and means vigilant, watchful.
Holden – Holden Ledbury is a Slytherin student at Hogwarts. The name is of English origin and means from the hollow in the valley.
Lucius – A Latin name that means light. In the Harry Potter series, he is shown as a pureblood British wizard and is the father of Draco Malfoy.
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Lysander – Lysander Scamander has a twin brother and they both attend Hogwarts. A name of Greek origin and means one who is freed.
Orion – Another gender-neutral name. He is the father of Sirius in the Potter series.
Phineas – Phineus Nigellus Black was a pure-blood wizard and was a member of the Slytherin house. The name is of Hebrew origin and means Nubian.
Salazar – One of Hogwart’s founders Salazar Slytherin was given the Basque name that means old hall.
Severus – Severus Snape appears in all eight of the Harry Potter movies. A name of Latin origin and means severe, stern.
Silas – A name of Latin origin and means man of the forest.
Vincent – A Slytherin student. The name is derived from the Latin name Vinventius and means conquering.
The Final Thought
No matter which house you associate with there are some great names that have some fantastic meanings.
These great names are now also associated with the infamous characters from the Harry Potter series so you may want to choose those names carefully as not all the characters have characteristics that you necessarily want for your children!