Harry and Hermione pick up steam in Queensland

According to a recent news article, the names Harry and Hermione are becoming more popular in Queensland, Australia, thanks to J. K. Rowling’s fantastically popular Harry Potter series.

Here’s how many Queenslander newborns were named Harry in recent years:

  • 1996: 70
  • 1997: 103 (The first Potter book was released this year.)
  • 2000: 177 (Four of the books had come out by this time.)
  • 2005: 158 (The film Goblet of Fire was released late this year.)
  • 2006: 195 (…or 113, if you look at Queensland’s Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Perhaps the article counted alternative spellings?)

So far in 2007, 75 babies in Queensland have been named Harry, and “one can only assume there will be plenty more with the release of the new book and film.”

Hermione, meanwhile, wasn’t used at all in 1996, but in 2003–the year Order of the Phoenix came out–6 baby girls were given the name. (Incidentally, Hermione is derived from the name of the Greek god Hermes.)

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