Gender Masculine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. HEHN-ree  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

From the Germanic name Heimirich meaning "home ruler", composed of the elements heim "home" and rih "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 hag "enclosure".

Heinrich was popular among continental royalty, being the name of seven German kings, starting with the 10th-century Henry I the Fowler (the first of the Saxon kings), and four French kings. In France it was usually 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 later Middle Ages it was fairly popular, and 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), American automobile manufacturer Henry Ford (1863-1947), and American actor Henry Fonda (1905-1982).

Related Names

DiminutivesHal, Hank, Harry
Other Languages & CulturesHenrik(Armenian) Endika(Basque) Enric(Catalan) Henrik(Croatian) Jindřich, Hynek, Jindra(Czech) Henrik, Henning(Danish) Hendrick, Hendricus, Hendrik, Hendrikus, Henricus, Hein, Henk, Hennie, Henny, Rik(Dutch) Harri, Heiki, Hendrik, Indrek, Enn(Estonian) Harri, Heikki, Henri, Henrikki(Finnish) Henri, Aymeric(French) Heiko(Frisian) Anri(Georgian) Heinrich, Hendrik, Henrik, Heike, Heiko, Heiner, Heinz, Henning(German) Heimirich, Heinrich, Henricus, Aimeric(Germanic) Henrik(Hungarian) Hinrik(Icelandic) Anraí, Einrí(Irish) Enrico, Arrigo, Enzo, Rico(Italian) Indriķis, Ints(Latvian) Henrikas, Herkus(Lithuanian) Henrik, Hinnerk, Hinrich, Heike, Heiko(Low German) Herry(Medieval English) Aimery, Aymeri(Medieval French) Henrik, Henning(Norwegian) Haimarīks(Old Germanic) Henryk(Polish) Henrique(Portuguese) Genrikh(Russian) Hendry(Scots) Eanraig(Scottish Gaelic) Henrich(Slovak) Henrik(Slovene) Enrique, Kike, Kiko, Quique(Spanish) Henrik, Henning(Swedish) Harri(Welsh)
Surname DescendantsHenderson, Hendry, Henry, Henryson(English)
User SubmissionHenrý

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Name Days

Norway: September 18


Portrait of Henry VIII by Hans Holbein (1536)Portrait of Henry VIII by Hans Holbein (1536)


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Entry updated December 7, 2022