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Have you ever thought about how your favorite heroes and other wizards and witches from your favorite series got their names? What do they mean and where do they come from? Do you know what etymology is?
Ron and Hermione had two children – a daughter Rose Granger-Weasley, and a son Hugo Granger-Weasley.
If you want to know more about why their parents gave them exactly those names, what is the origin of their names, as well as who Rose and Hugo really are, find out in our article.
Nomen est omen and etymology
We suppose you know that old Latin saying “Nomen est omen” which literally means: the name is a sign, the name speaks for itself. It is also described as “true to its name” or “name is destiny” which tells that each name has a specific destiny.
Etymology is the study of the origin of words and how the meaning of words has changed through the course of history. Etymology derives from the Greek word “etumos”, meaning “true.” Etumologia was the study of words’ “true meanings.”
Now that we have learned something new, let’s meet these children from the Granger-Weasley family.
Why did Ron and Hermione name their daughter Rose?
Rose Granger-Weasley, also known as Rosie, came first in the family of Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. She was a student of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and sorted into Gryffindor House, like her both parents.
Rose joined Hogwarts with her cousin Albus Severus Potter (son of Harry and Ginevra “Ginny” Potter) and Scorpius Malfoy (son of Draco and Astoria Malfoy), as well.
Unlike her cousin Albus, Rose demonstrated a natural affinity for broomstick flying, and during her second year in Hogwarts, she was chosen as the new Chaser of the Gryffindor Quidditch team. This situation, along with the fact Albus Potter was sorted into Slytherin house, distanced them from each other.
Suppose, we don’t have to mention that Rose was a brilliant student, like her mother Hermione.
In terms of physical appearance, Rose inherited red hair from her father and in this case became a true member of the Weasley family. Speaking of intelligence, her father Ron said: “Thank God you inherited your mother’s brains.” We can’t agree more!
Rose was an intelligent and ambitious young girl with a photographic memory, putting a lot of pressure on herself, but more secure and more grounded than her mother.
And now let’s talk a little about the etymology, i.e. the meaning of the name Rose.
When we talk about Rose as the name, our first association is this magnificent flower and not just any kind. The rose deserves the name of the queen of flowers. It is known all over the world as a traditional symbol of love and beauty, celebrated by almost all artists like poets and musicians.
The rose entered the world of art in the period of Greco-Roman antiquity, where in ancient Greece the poet Anacreon celebrated it in his Odes as a magical queen of flowers and the flower of the gods. Also, the rose has historically been associated with goddesses such as Isis and Aphrodite.
Apart from being a flower of love, the rose was also a symbol of heroic courage, triumph, and glory, but it represents even luxury, wealth, and excellence. Not to forget, it is a flower known for its distinctive scent.
Another interesting thing is that rose is the national flower of England.
So, if a person is especially dear to you and you want to show her your love in a special way – buy her a rose or, as in this case, call her daughter by its name.
Finally, it is also possible that her parents wanted their children to have the same initials as they have – R and H. Ronald and Hermione with Rose and Hugo. Both children also have names that are four letters long. Some of the fans believe that Rose is actually named after Hagrid, because of his first name which is Rubeus, and it simply means red (speaking of the color).
Helena Josephine Barlow-Wight is a former English film and stage actress who has portrayed Rose in the movie “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”.
Why did Ron and Hermione name their son Hugo?
Hugo Granger-Weasley was born about two years after his older sister Rose. Like Rose, he was also attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and was sorted into Gryffindor house.
To fit into the red-hair Weasley family, Hugo’s brown hair, from the books, “became” red in the movies. Hugo appeared in the series, actually in the movie “Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows: Part 2”, and he was portrayed by Ryan Turner, an English teen actor.
Hugo is a Latinised form of the Germanic or Teutonic name Hugh, meaning “bright in spirit and mind” or simply “intelligence”. One of the most famous bearers of this name is the French novelist and poet Victor Hugo, which works J. K. Rowling admitted to loving.
We are familiar with the fact that Hugo’s mother Hermione was a book lover, so it is possible she enjoyed Victor Hugo’s work as well, enough to name her son after him. Likewise, it would not be strange that Hermione wanted to anger her husband Ron by naming her son after Viktor Krum, a Bulgarian wizard from the Durmstrang Institute. Ron never forgave her for being his partner on the famous Yule Ball.
“Ron: No way our son is going to be named Victor!
Hermione: Why not? Oh, I see, you are still jealous of Victor Krum. I mean still after all these years? Honestly Ron, grow up!
Ron: My answer is still no.
Hermione: How about Hugo Victor then?
Ron: Fine, but then our daughter will be Rose Lavender.”
Besides this interesting story, that’s another one explanation – because the book “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” was awarded the Hugo Award (annual literary award for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year, given at the World Science Fiction Convention and chosen by its members), this could have been J. K. Rowling’s way of thanking them for that honor.
First of all: J. K. Rowling loves flowers even in names, starting with Rose Weasley herself and Lily Luna Potter. Sisters Lily and Petunia Evans (mother and aunt of Harry Potter) were also given their “floral” names.
And these are not the only “flowers” of the series. We also remember very well Fleur Delacour, Lavender Brown, Pansy Parkinson, Madam Poppy Pomfrey (Hogwarts’ nurse), Myrtle Warren also known as Moaning Myrtle, Narcissa Malfoy, Violet (a woman in a portrait), etc.
Some parents like to create their own patterns when naming their children, like Ron and Hermione. Both of their children have their initials (Ronald-Rose, Hermione-Hugo), and four letters in it.
Also, we have heard that J. K. Rowling is a fan of the stage musical from 1960. “Bye Bye Birdy”, with their two main characters called Rose Alvarez and Hugo Peabody. The conclusion is self-evident, isn’t it?
At last, there is another one interesting fact: Only Rose and Hugo have their second names of both of their parents. Hermione comes across as a very feminist character, keeping her name while taking on Ron’s name as well. This was uncommon in the Wizarding World, but Hermione didn’t care about it, nor for many other things if it suited her.
So, whatever stories are hidden behind the origin of their names, whether they are true or just assumed, we believe you have learned something and managed to have fun with it. Thank you for being with us!