Man with uncanny Harry Potter name born 3 years before books is called a ‘liar’

A man with a name that sounds straight out of JK Rowling's world-famous Harry Potter series insists it's a coincidence – but he's constantly accused of lying.

In a video, a TikTok user says his real name is Griffin Dohr, just like Gryffindor, the protagonist's house at Hogwarts school where most of the books are set.

He says he was born three years before the first book, The Philosopher's Stone, which was published in 1997.

"My name is Griffin Dohr but I’m a Slytherin," he jokes in his bio, and in the on-screen caption he says he is called a liar "every day".

"If you think your name is cooler than mine, I need you to stitch this, duet this, bop it, twist it, pull it, whatever you need to do," he says in a challenge to viewers.

The video has been watched nearly half a million times when it was uploaded four days ago (February 14) and many people have responded to his challenge with their own uncanny names.

One person commented: "My children's father is Tom Riddle. He is saved as Voldemort in their phones."

"My co-worker is Harry Potter," said another, "He's like 40-something and he hates it."

Some people had other funny names, not Harry Potter related.

One said: "My maiden name is Hurley and my husband's last name is Gurley, so when I got married I became a Hurley Gurley."

"My great-great grandfather's name was Homer Simpson," said someone else.

Another commented: "My sister Mary is married to a man named Brian Christmas. Her name is Mary Christmas."

The Germanic surname Dohr is very rare, appearing just 529 times in the US and three times in England, according to the website

Most people with the name lived in Germany, where it is recorded 1,293 times.

This comes after a woman was heavily criticised for the baby name she chose for her newborn girl, with her husband saying the moniker was going to ruin their child's life.

And a mum says she regrets naming her daughter Olivia because her mother-in-law can't pronounce it.

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