National Harry Day is celebrated on December 19. Harry is the “spoken form” of Henry, an old English name often associated with King Henry, a title that eight English monarchs held during the middle ages. Harry is a typical boy’s name in the U.S., with over 370,000 Americans carrying the title. The name appeared in the U.S. between 1840 and 1920. It was a carryover from British immigrants settling in America in the late 1800s to seek employment and start a new life. Harry is also a diminutive of Harold, Harrison, and Harvey.
History of National Harry Day
Harry is an English name from southwestern England and, to a lesser extent, South Wales. It is a typical French name for boys. Although France and England were fierce rivals during the middle ages, several intermarriages between different noble houses to broker peace influenced the naming system. King Henry VIII’s court members referred to him as Harry. Henry was his formal title.
Today, Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, bears his name. Harry, the sixth in line to the throne and the youngest son of Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, was born Henry Charles Albert David on September 15, 1984. Harry, who is well-known for his rebellious nature, frank attitude, and ginger hair, has recently stepped away from official royal duties to focus on his personal life with his family.
Harry Houdini, an escape artist, captivated audiences in both Europe and America with his outlandish and daring stage performances. Houdini was known as the “King of Handcuffs,” because many considered him the most influential stage magician and escapologist of modern times. Professionals in the field still practice some of his tricks today, such as the 1912 escape from the Chinese Water Torture Cell. Houdini nearly lost his life in 1915 when he was buried alive without a casket in a six-foot-deep grave.
Harry S. Truman, an American politician, served as Vice President for about three months until President Roosevelt died. Truman is infamous for dropping the atomic bomb on Japan, which effectively ended the Second World War. He is also honored for signing the Marshall Plan, which improved post-war Europe’s agriculture and industries.
National Harry Day timeline
President Harry S. Truman signs the Economic Recovery Act of 1948, popularly known as the Marshall Plan.
“Dirty Harry,” the police film classic, premieres in Hollywood.
J. K. Rowling publishes “Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,” introducing the world to the wizarding world of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Harry Styles releases his first self-titled solo album, debuting at number one in the U.K. and the U.S.
National Harry Day FAQs
What is Harry short for?
Harry is short for Harold, Harrison, or Harvey.
What is the origin of the name Harry?
Harry is the middle English version of Henry.
What is Prince Harry’s full name?
Prince Harry’s full name is Henry Charles Albert David.
National Harry Day Activities
Take a quick pop quiz
Take a “Harry Potter” quiz. It can be a trivia quiz or a Hogwarts house quiz. Feel free to share the results with others!
Listen and dance to the calypso beat
Harry Belafonte’s greatest gift to the world is his music. Kick back and listen to some of the Jamaican-American popstar’s biggest hits.
Watch a movie about Harry Truman
“Truman,” starring Gary Sinise, tells the story of America’s 33rd President. The film covers his humble beginnings, failed business attempts, and rise to politics. Watch this movie to learn about Truman’s life story.
5 Amazing Facts About Harry
Harry the Calypso master
Harry Belafonte was the first African American to win an Emmy award.
Harry the great illusionist
Harry Houdini made a name for himself as an escape artist using his amazing illusionist skill and his stunt performer prowess.
Harry the prince
Also known as the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry is the younger son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana.
The fictional Harry
The fictional character Inspector Harold Francis Callahan, nicknamed “Dirty Harry”, is brought to life in this police drama series that premiered in 1971.
Harry who almost became a priest
Harry Lennix, who plays Harold Cooper in “The Blacklist,” trained to become a priest in Chicago but pursued an acting career instead.
Why We Love National Harry Day
A touch of magic
You cannot deny the influence of the “Harry Potter” series on the popularity of the name. It is undoubtedly got a touch of magic to it.
It is fit for a prince
Harry has a nice, powerful ring to it. It was impressive enough for British royalty!
Girls can be Harry too
The female form of ‘Henry’ is ‘Henrietta.’ Like Henry, its spoken form is Harriet.
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