- Hogwarts Legacy is set in the late 19th century, so players should choose Victorian names for their characters for a more authentic experience.
- British place names, especially old and obscure ones, can serve as inspiration for unique and magical character names.
- Players should consider their character’s background, such as class, nationality, and magical blood status, when choosing a name that reflects their nature and circumstances.
Hogwarts Legacy is the open-world adventure game that Harry Potter fans have been waiting for since the success of the books and movies gripped the minds of want-to-be wizards and witches. Set a century before the events of the main series, players attend Hogwarts as a new 5th-year student of their creation.
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While many players will fulfill a lifelong dream and attend Hogwarts as themselves, those who want to immerse themselves in Hogwarts Legacy fully will want to create a character that fits into the wizarding world as well as the late 19th century. The first step in creating a realistic character is choosing a great name for Hogwarts.
Updated January 10, 2024 by Joe Grantham: Hogwarts Legacy has proven to be even more successful than anyone could have imagined, and with the game releasing on the Nintendo Switch, many more Harry Potter fans can finally attend Hogwarts. Along with this fresh wave of new faces, plenty of Hogwarts Legacy players are returning for a second or third playthrough, and all will be looking for fitting names for their new characters.
The best names for Hogwarts Legacy are unique, full of character, and fit in perfectly with the Victorian wizarding world. This list has been updated to include even more Hogwarts Legacy character name ideas.
1 Victorian Names
Hogwarts Legacy Is Set In The 1890s So Victorian Names Make Sense
Hogwarts Legacy is set from 1890 to 1891, and so as a new 5th-year student, the main character will have been born in either 1874 or 1875. Therefore, players looking to create a fully authentic character can take a look at what late 19th-century parents named their children.
Although records don’t exist for magical names of the time, muggle ones thankfully do, and as plenty of wizards and witches have muggle names, these will do just fine. Sites like Britishbabynames and SSA.gov list names such as John, William, George, Mary, Emma, and Elizabeth as common for this era.
2 Use British Place Names As Inspiration
Odd Yet Charming Village Names Often Sound Perfect For Harry Potter
In the past, people often gained last names based on the town or village they were from, so it makes perfect sense to look towards British place names for inspiration. Old and obscure village names in particular can be great to look at, with examples such as Picklescott and Tolpuddle fitting in perfectly with wizarding world names.
These place names can then be used as they are or they can be mixed and matched to create truly unique and magical names. While players will likely use this tip predominantly for last names, some interesting first names could also be created.
3 Choose A Background For Your Character Before Naming Them
Class, Nationality, & Magical Blood Status Would All Affect The Name
One of the best tips for coming up with immersive Hogwarts Legacy names is to first decide on a background for the character in question, as in the real world this would affect their name. For example, a character from a poor background in Victorian times would be more likely to have a common surname usually related to the trade of their ancestors. Certain first names would also have been more regularly found in households of the gentry.
Players will also want to decide if their character is a Muggle-born student, a pure-blood, or even a half-blood, as this would also influence their name. Some players might even choose to roleplay as a foreign student who has recently moved to Britain, and thus they would choose a name accordingly.
4 A Name That Reflects On The Nature Of The Character
Names In Harry Potter Often Hint Whether A Character Will Be Good Or Evil
A common trope in the Harry Potter franchise is for characters to have names that somewhat reveal the nature of their character. This likely stems from the fact that the first few books were aimed at children who find it easier to associate characters with good or evil-sounding names. For example, there are certain wholesome characters, such as Luna Lovegood and Hogwarts Legacy companion Poppy Sweeting whose names just exude positivity.
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On the other side of the coin, names such as Gregory Goyle, Bellatrix Lestrange, and Amycus Carrow certainly don’t make their holders sound too welcoming. Players looking to role-play in Hogwarts Legacy with either a hero, a villain, or something in between, might want to choose a name that reflects their character.
5 Classical First Names
Many Harry Potter Characters Have Names From Classical Literature And Mythology
While many of the first names of characters in the wizarding world may sound fancy or even magical, many have been taken from the classical worlds of Rome and Greece. Examples of these include Cornelius Fudge, Theseus Scamander, and Minerva McGonagall.
As some of these names are those of real historical figures and others of mythical heroes, players looking for a classical first name can trawl through a vast array of lists until they find the right fit. Examples of where they could look include lists of Roman Emperors, characters from literature such as the Iliad and Aeneid, as well as the names of classical deities.
6 Arthurian Or Medieval Names
The Main Character Wields Ancient Magic Which Is Linked To The Medieval Era
Although there aren’t many names from the Harry Potter series that are inspired by Arthurian myths, Hogwarts Legacy certainly has a few more ties to the magical medieval period. The main character wields unique Ancient Magic the like of which has not been seen since the end of the Middle Ages.
Merlin also plays a unique role in the game, and he too may once have honed the power of Ancient Magic. With this in mind, it would make perfect sense for the main character to possess a truly Arthurian name, such as Gawain or Iseult. If players aren’t satisfied with those, they can look to the wider medieval world for ideas.
7 First Names From The Harry Potter Series
It’s Realistic For People To Have The Same First Names
Naturally, the Harry Potter books and any other areas of the universe are great places to look for character names. With hundreds of minor characters who have only been mentioned a handful of times in the source material, there is no lack of names, some of which are truly unique.
By browsing lists of all the characters ever given a name, even the most dedicated Harry Potter fans will come across names they don’t know. These names can then either be used directly or serve as a springboard for inspiration.
8 Play As An Ancestor
Family Names From The Main Series Are Common In Hogwarts Legacy
Due to the relatively small size of the wizarding population, it is more realistic for familiar family names to pop up in Hogwarts Legacy than not. Early on in the game, players will encounter a Weasley and a Black, both of whom play prominent roles in the school.
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Similarly, players can make their character an ancestor of someone from the books while remaining lore-friendly. While many players taking this route will opt for a famous wizarding family name such as Potter or Malfoy, a great place to look for more niche names is the sorting ceremonies from the books. In these, many Hogwarts students get their first and only mention, and as they are assigned houses, players might like to choose a descendant from the house they wish to play as.
9 A Magical Or Victorian Spin On Your Name
Modern Names Can Be Altered To Fit Into The World
For players who want to mostly play as themselves but are worried their name doesn’t quite fit into the universe, the option to add a certain flair is always there. Victorian or magical-sounding suffixes can be added to both first and last names, though this won’t work in all cases.
Most names also derive from an older name, having often been shortened over the years. Therefore, players could instead simply opt for a variation of their name that will feel more at home in the late 19th-century wizarding world.
10 A Name With Alliteration
Alliteration Is Very Common In Harry Potter, Such As Severus Snape
There are many examples of characters in both the Harry Potter books and Hogwarts Legacy itself who have names with alliteration. In other words, these characters have a first name with the same first letter as their second name, and this is something players can replicate when naming their characters.
Examples of characters with alliterative names from the books include Filius Flitwick, Peter Pettigrew, and of course, Severus Snape, who briefly appears in Hogwarts Legacy as an Easter egg. Even all four of the founders of Hogwarts have alliterative names. Alliteration is less common in Hogwarts Legacy but present with Sebastian Sallow as well as his uncle Solomon Sallow, and the potioneer Parry Pippin.
11 A Name About The Character’s Interests
Many Existing Characters Have Names That Hint At Fields Of Interest
For better or worse, there are nonetheless many characters in the wizarding world who have names related to their professions or interests. For example, the celebrated magizoologist Newt Scamander has the name of an animal as his first name, and his second name Scamander sounds fairly similar to Salamander.
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The Herbology professors Pomona Sprout and Mirabel Garlick, from Harry Potter and Hogwarts Legacy, respectively, also have names that link well with their love for plants. If players themselves are particularly interested in anything specific or plan on their character having certain interests, then incorporating these into their character’s name can be a great idea.
12 Names From Graveyards
Many Harry Potter Characters Are Inspired By The Names Found In A Particular Graveyard
Hardcore fans will know that J. K. Rowling found inspiration for many of the names in the Harry Potter series on the tombstones of Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh. Characters such as Tom Riddle (Lord Voldemort) and Professor McGonagall can have their names traced back to this graveyard, which has naturally become a tourist hot spot for fans.
While not everyone can hop over to Scotland to pick out names for their Hogwarts Legacy character, most cemeteries will serve up a wide array of fitting names, especially if they are old and mysterious.