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From the Germanic name Heimirich which meant "home ruler", composed of the elements heim "home" and ric "power, ruler". It was later commonly spelled Heinrich, with the spelling altered due to the influence of other Germanic names like Haganrich, in which the first element is hagan "enclosure".

Heinrich was popular among continental royalty, being the name of seven German kings, starting with the 10th-century Henry I the Fowler, and four French kings. In France it was rendered Henri from the Latin form Henricus.

The Normans introduced the French form to England, and it was subsequently used by eight kings, ending with the infamous Henry VIII in the 16th century. During the Middle Ages it was generally rendered as Harry or Herry in English pronunciation. Notable bearers include arctic naval explorer Henry Hudson (1570-1611), British novelist Henry James (1843-1916), and American automobile manufacturer Henry Ford (1863-1947).
DiminutivesHal, Hank, Harry
Other Languages & CulturesHeimirich, Heinrich, Henricus Ancient Germanic Henrik Armenian Endika Basque Enric Catalan Henrik Croatian Jindřich, Hynek Czech Henrik, Henning Danish Hendrik, Henricus, Heike, Heiko, Hein, Henk, Hennie, Henny, Rik Dutch Hendrik, Indrek Estonian Harri, Henri, Henrikki, Heikki Finnish Henri French Heike, Heiko Frisian Anri Georgian Heinrich, Hendrik, Henrik, Heiner, Heinz, Henning German Henrik Hungarian Hinrik Icelandic Anraí, Einrí Irish Enrico, Arrigo, Enzo, Rico Italian Henrikas, Herkus Lithuanian Hinnerk, Hinrich, Heike, Heiko Low German Herry Medieval English Henrik, Henning Norwegian Henryk Polish Henrique Portuguese Eanraig, Hendry Scottish Henrich Slovak Henrik Slovene Enrique, Kike, Quique Spanish Henrik, Henning Swedish Harri Welsh
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Portrait of Henry VIII by Hans Holbein (1536)Portrait of Henry VIII by Hans Holbein (1536)


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Entry updated October 20, 2016   Contribute