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What does Henning mean?

Henning Pronunciation of Henning [hen-ning] as a boys' name is of Old German origin, and Henning means "home leader". Henning is a German form of Henry (Old German): from Haimric.

Associated with: home, leader.


4 alternative forms via Henry: Hein, Heinz, Henri and Henrik.

Creative forms:
(male) Haning, Hanning, ..

(female) Hennia, ..

Middle name pairings:
Henning Obed (H.O.), ..

How popular is Henning?

Henning is a rare first name for men but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#2056 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Henri (#1578 from current records), Henrik (#843) and Henry (#29) are the prominent variation forms of Henning (outside Top 2000) listed in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Henning reached its most widespread during 1880-1889 (adoption of 2.2%) and is now much reduced (adoption 0.6%, 75% less). Henry is the firm favorite, although Henrik seems to be getting popular too, while Henry has become less contemporary. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Henri, Henrik, Henry in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Henrik, Henry outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Banning, Canning, Channing, Delling, Hannan, Hanniel, Harding, Hasting, Heanno, Hedwin, Hedwinn (see Hadwin), Heine, Heini, Heinie, Henlie, Herin, Hernan, Jennings, Lansing, Manning, Mannyng, Reading, Redding, Reeding (see Reading) and Reiding. Like Henning, these names are not commonly used.

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