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What does Henry mean?

Henry Pronunciation of Henry [hen-ry] as a boys' name is pronounced HEN-ree. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Henry is "home leader". From Haimric, derived from haim meaning "home" and rÓc meaning "power, ruler". The original English form was Harry, and in the 17th century, Henry become the standard form due to the influence of the Latin form Henricus and French Henri. Norman name that is a favored royal name (for eight kings) of England and France. Explorer Henry Hudson; actor Henry Fonda; author Henry James; poet Henry James; poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; artists Henri Matisse, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri Rousseau; playwright Henrik Ibsen; singer Enrique Iglesias.

Associated with: home, leader, power, 17th century, norman, england.


Henry has 36 variants: Anrai, Arrigo, Eanraig, Einri, Enrico, Enrikos, Enrique, Enzio, Enzo, Hal, Hank, Harri, Harry, Heike, Heiko, Hein, Heindrick, Heindrik, Heiner, Heinrich, Heinrick, Heinrik, Heinz, Hendrick, Hendrik, Henerik, Henk, Henning, Henri, Henrik, Henrique, Henryk, Heriot, Herrior, Hinrich and Rico.

Related boy names: Amerigo, Emery, Heimrich and Kendrick.

5 feminine forms: Enrica, Hallie, Harriet, Henrietta and Kendra.

Creative forms:
(male) Heinry, Heury, ..

(female) Henha, Henty, ..

Middle name pairings:
Henry Dalton (H.D.), ..

How popular is Henry?

Henry is a very popular first name for men (#46 out of 1220, Top 4%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#142 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Henry entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its highest position of #8 in the U.S. then, and is at #29 presently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Henry name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular variation forms of Henry (#29 the previous year) rated in the Top 2000 are Enzo (#330 the previous year), Kendrick (#366), Enrique (#428), Hank (#534), Emery (#752), Harry (#781), Henrik (#843), Rico (#1421), Henri (#1578), Amerigo, Hal and Enrico. These forms of Henry were popular as baby names 135 years ago (average #1301) and have become much less widespread since (#1004, 82.5%), with versions such as Henry becoming somewhat dated. Enzo, Kendrick, Hank and Henrik are four of the more fashionable baby names in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Henry, Amerigo, Emery, Enrico, Enrique in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Enzo, Hal, Hank, Harry, Henri in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Henrik, Kendrick, Rico in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Berry, Derry, Geary, Gentry, Gerry, Gery, Hanly, Hany, Hearn, Hedly (see Hedley), Henley, Herb, Hern, Hernly, Herv (see Harvey), Hewney, Horry, Jefry, Jerry, Keary, Kerry, Leary, Perry and Terry. These names tend to be less commonly used than Henry.

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