Given Name HENRY

GENDER: Masculine
USAGE: English
PRONOUNCED: HEN-ree   [details]

Meaning & History

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).

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VARIANT: Harry
DIMINUTIVES: Hal, Hank, Harry
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Heimirich, 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 (Estonian), Harri, Henri, Henrikki, Heikki (Finnish), Henri, Enzo (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)
USER SUBMISSION: Henrý
  United States
2016
  Australia (NSW)
2016
  Canada (BC)
2015
  England and Wales
2015
  France
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2015
  Ireland
2015
  New Zealand
2015
  Northern Ireland
2015
  Scotland
2016
  Sweden
2015