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Crystal Ball - Harry
Posted on Sunday 29 July 2007 at 6:01 pm

Wizards' Names - A "Theory"


In every case, without a single exception as far as I recall, when we know the full name of a witch or wizard and we know his or her parents' names, the eldest son has the father's first name for a middle name and the eldest daughter has the mother's first name for a middle name. Granted, our sample size is not large, but the fact that there is not a single known exception convinces me that this is likely a traditional practice among wizarding families. The known examples with parent and child names are:
  • James Potter – Harry James Potter

  • Arthur Weasley – William Arthur Weasley

  • Molly Prewett Weasley – Ginerva Molly Weasley

  • Remus Lupin – Teddy (Edward? Theodore?) Remus Lupin

Based on this, I have concluded the following parent and child names:
  • Andromeda Black Tonks – Nymphadora Andromeda Tonks Lupin (If I was expected to learn to spell that when I was five or six, I would have picked Tonks out of the bunch as well!)

  • John Lupin – Remus John Lupin (Questionable since Remus is half-and-half. If his father was a Muggle, his parents might not have followed Wizarding naming conventions)

  • Harry James Potter – James Harry Potter (I hate that! The Virginia First Families did it all the time in the 1700s and it makes it impossible for me to remember who is who!)

  • Ginerva Molly Weasley Potter – Lily Ginerva Potter

  • Hermione Jean Granger Weasley – Rose Hermione Weasley

  • Ronald Bilius Weasley – Hugo Ronald Weasley

  • Orion Black – Sirius Orion Black (Making Sirius a true S. O. B.)

Yes, I typed up all that just so I could make the SOB joke. ;-P Now who is going to be the first to point out what canon name I've forgotten that invalidates this whole thing?


What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 10:18 pm on 29 July 2007 (UTC) (Link)
It occurred to Mr. Tater the other night that Albus Severus Potter spells ASP -- clue that he'll be sorted Slytherin?

Also, tdu pointed out that Hugo might refer to Victor Hugo and Rose could refer to Lavender Rose, hence making both of those kids named for the xes.
bratty_jedi at 10:26 pm on 29 July 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Did you know the newest 'ship on the net is Albus Severus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy, AKA the AS/S ship?

Putting any of the Potter kids in Slytherin just seems lame to me. Gryffindor is the auto pilot answer since mom, dad, and all grandparents were. Slytherin is the "LOL! Wouldn't that be a cool opposite!?!?!" answer. Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw would be the two more creative options, IMO.

The exes thing seems a bit of a stretch to me, but oddly amusing.
Wild Magelet
wildmagelet at 10:43 pm on 29 July 2007 (UTC) (Link)
They make sense to me, although I was assuming that Harry's other son would be James Sirius Potter, just to make sure all of the Marauders got their names recycled somehow! :) While I do think that Albus Severus had better be one powerful little wizard or he's going to get his ass kicked with that name, I do quite like that Snape is being honoured. Although I still have the biggest problem with Snape's continual bullying of Neville throughout the series, I do feel sorry for him, as well. He must have been the loneliest character, he was brave when it came down to it, and for that reason, I think it would be kind of cool if Albus Severus was a Slytherin. Seeing that JKR insisted not all Slytherins are bad, but with the debatable exception of Snape, they kind of are. Or at least, they're all quite weak characters.

The Potter kids are fanfiction-y, but it was Rose and Hugo Weasley that I found the most random. Maybe JKR just liked the names! :)

And since Ginny doesn't seem to fond of the name Ginevra (which makes make think of da Vinci's Ginevra de Benci portrait every time that I see it - I'm such an art history geek), it would have been nice if she could have honoured Tonks with her daughter's middle name, since they always seemed to be close. However, neither Lily Nymphadora Potter or Lily Tonks Potter has much of a ring to it, does it?
bratty_jedi at 12:15 pm on 30 July 2007 (UTC) (Link)
James Sirius wouldn't be a bad idea. If it isn't James Sirius, can't you just imagine the scene in the afterlife?

Sirius: Shut up Snivellus!
Snape: You shut up you stupid coward!
Sirius: I'm not a coward!
Snape: You hid in a house and were killed by curtains! You're weak!
Sirius: Look who's talking! You never got over your seven-year-old crush and were killed in a mistake. Lame!
Snape: Yeah, well, Potter named one of his kids after me! What did he ever do for you?
Sirius: *glares* *Walks away muttering about killing Harry all over again once he dies and gets to the afterlife*
blackunicorn777 at 9:15 am on 30 July 2007 (UTC) (Link)
But I think it's not that nice to put you ex's name on your child,you know,! specially that Ron is really fond of Victor *sarcasm dripping,lol*! And Sirius's initials are oh so cool and very true!

P.S:Teddy was the luckiest in middle name*hugs Teddy*.I can just hear Remus calling him Theodore and Tonks calling him Teddy!*hugs Remus and Tonks aswell*(such family hug!lol!)
bratty_jedi at 12:11 pm on 30 July 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I don't really think the ex name connection is there. It is too much of a stretch. I just think it is a funny little thought.

specially that Ron is really fond of Victor *sarcasm dripping,lol*
Isn't he just? And of course Hermione is thrilled with Lavender, too, after everything in HBP.

I love Sirius' initials.

Teddy Remus is about the coolest name ever, IMO.
gilpin25 at 11:02 am on 30 July 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I haven't really got anything useful to say, except that if I ever have a daughter she will be christened Gilpindora Karen, and my husband's middle name will shortly be changed by deed poll to Teddy Remus.

bratty_jedi at 12:09 pm on 30 July 2007 (UTC) (Link)
LOL. Please do let me know what the husband thinks about these name decisions of yours!

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