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Henry Meaning


What does Henry mean?

The name Henry is of German origin.

The meaning of Henry is "home ruler, ruler of the estate".

Henry is generally used as a boy's name.

It consists of 5 letters and 2 syllables and is pronounced Hen-ry.

The Given Name Henry

The name Henry is an anglicized form of the German name Heimirich. It is derived from the Germanic elements heim meaning "home" and ric meaning "power, ruler".

A name with a huge history, it was borne by seven German kings in the form of Heinrich, and four French kings in the form of Henri.

After its introduction to Britain by the Normans, it was the name of eight kings of England. The last King Henry was the second monarch of the House of Tudor, the notorious King Henry VIII, in the 16th century.

Continuing the royal line of Henrys, is the current British Prince Henry who goes by Harry.

Henry falls into the classic name category.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Henry 'Dutch' Dehnert, and Henry Abbot.

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Henry Popularity

In the U.S. in 2018, it ranked 16 in baby name popularity for boys with 10,649 occurrences. It ranked 7,459 in baby name popularity for girls with 15 occurrences.

In contrast, the year before it ranked 18 in baby name popularity for boys with 10,461 occurrences. It ranked 9,521 in baby name popularity for girls with 11 occurrences.

View the Henry Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Henry has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Henry to other names.

Henry Related Names

Henry is a form of Heimirich.

Variants of the name Henry include Henrye.

The names Anrai, Eanraig, Einri, Emre, Endika, Enrique, Hainrich, Hanraoi, Heinrich, Hendrik, Hendry, Hendrych, Henri, Henric, Henrick, Henricus, Henrie, Henrieeta, Henrietta, Henrik, Henrique, Henriques, Henryk, Imrich, Jindrich are all forms of Henry.

Henry has the diminutives (nicknames) Hal, Hank.

Famous Henrys

  • Henry ~ Saint
  • Henry 'Dutch' Dehnert ~ Basketball Player
  • Henry Abbot ~ Saint
  • Henry Addington ~ British Prime Minister (1801-1804)
  • Henry Armstrong ~ Boxer
  • Henry Campbell Bannerman ~ British Prime Minister (1905-1908)
  • Henry Cavendish ~ Scientist
  • Henry Cavill ~ Actor
  • Henry Clay Work ~ Musician
  • Henry Crawford ~ Mansfield Park character
  • Henry Fonda ~ Actor
  • Henry Ford ~ Scientist, Business Mogul
  • Henry Fox Talbot ~ Scientist
  • Henry Hallett Dale ~ Nobel Prize for Medicine 1936
  • Henry Heath ~ Saint
  • Henry Higgins ~ My Fair Lady character
  • Henry Hudson ~ Explorer
  • Henry I ~ English King (1100-1135)
  • Henry Ian Cusick ~ Actor
  • Henry II ~ Saint
  • Henry II Plantagenet ~ English King (1154-1189)
  • Henry III ~ English King (1216-1272)
  • Henry IV ~ English King (1399-1413)
  • Henry Jackman ~ Musician
  • Henry James ~ Writer
  • Henry Jekyll ~ Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde character
  • Henry John Temple ~ British Prime Minister (1855-1858; 1859-1865)
  • Henry Jordan ~ Football Player
  • Henry Kissinger ~ Nobel Prize for Peace 1973
  • Henry Lehman ~ Business Mogul
  • Henry Mancini ~ Musician
  • Henry Morse ~ Saint
  • Henry Morton Stanley ~ Explorer
  • Henry Norris Russell ~ Scientist
  • Henry of Coquet ~ Saint
  • Henry Pelham ~ British Prime Minister (1743-1754)
  • Henry Purcell ~ Classical Musician
  • Henry Royce ~ Business Mogul
  • Henry Taube ~ Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1983
  • Henry the Navigator ~ Explorer
  • Henry Thomas ~ Actor
  • Henry Tilney ~ Northanger Abbey character
  • Henry V ~ English King (1413-1422)
  • Henry VI ~ English King (1422-1461; 1470-1471)
  • Henry VII Tudor ~ English King (1485-1509)
  • Henry VIII ~ English King (1509-1547)
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ~ Writer
  • Henry Walpole ~ Saint
  • Henry Way Kendall ~ Nobel Prize for Physics 1990
  • Henry Webley ~ Saint
  • Henry Woodhouse ~ Emma character

Henry Numerology

Destiny Number, Life Path Number, Soul Urge and Personality Number. These Numerological numbers may tell your child's story. Take a look at the Numerology Of Henry.

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Henry Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Henry in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Henry.

Just for fun, see the name Henry in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Henry in Nautical Flags page.