Pet form of Henry. This was the usual English form of Henry in the Middle Ages and later. It was used by Shakespeare, for example, as the familiar name of the mature King Henry V (compare Hal). Since the publication of the first of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter titles (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone) in 1997, Harry has become extremely popular as an independent given name. A meaning of the name Harry is Army Ruler.
English and Welsh: patronymic from the Middle English personal name Jon(e) (see John). The surname is especially common in Wales and southern central England. In North America this name has absorbed various cognate and like-sounding surnames from other languages. (For forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988).