• Gender: Male
  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Ruler Of The Home

What is the meaning of the name Henry?

The name Henry is primarily a male name of German origin that means Ruler Of The Home.

The name Henry was brought to England by the Normans after the Norman Conquest in 1066, and it quickly became popular among the English aristocracy.

In England, Henry was the name of eight kings, including Henry VIII, who famously split from the Roman Catholic Church and established the Church of England during the 16th century. The name has remained a popular choice for boys in England and other English-speaking countries ever since.

Prince Harry, whose full name is Henry Charles Albert David, is a member of the British royal family. He is the younger son of King Charles III and the late Princess Diana. 

The French spelling of Henry is Henri whereas the German spelling is Henrik. The most common nickname of the name Henry is Hank. Other nicknames include Harry, Henny and Hen. 

Five famous people named Henry include:

Henry Ford - an American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company who is credited with developing the first automobile that was affordable for middle-class Americans.
Henry Cavill - a British actor who has portrayed Superman in several movies, including "Man of Steel" and "Justice League."
Henry Kissinger - an American diplomat and political scientist who served as the United States Secretary of State under Presidents Nixon and Ford.
Henry David Thoreau - an American author, poet, and philosopher who is best known for his book "Walden" and his essay "Civil Disobedience."
Henry Mancini - an American composer and conductor who is best known for his film and television scores, including the theme from "The Pink Panther."

Five fictional characters named Henry include:

Henry Jekyll/Mr. Hyde - the protagonist and antagonist in Robert Louis Stevenson's novel "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde."
Henry DeTamble - the male lead character in Audrey Niffenegger's novel "The Time Traveler's Wife."
Henry Mills - a main character in the TV series "Once Upon a Time," who is the son of Emma Swan and the grandson of Snow White and Prince Charming.
Henry Bowers - a character in Stephen King's novel "It," who is the main antagonist of the childhood sections of the story.
Henry Hugglemonster - the main character in the children's television series "Henry Hugglemonster," which airs on Disney Junior.

People who like the name Henry also like:

Owen, Liam, William, Theodore, Oliver, Benjamin, Jack, Audrey, Amelia, Lucy, Violet, Eleanor, Charlotte, Olivia

Names like Henry:

Hummer, Henri, Hemera, Homare, Humaira, Hammer, Honoré, Himari, Honor, Honora, Honoria, Himawari, Homer

Celebrity Babies with this Name:

Henry Cummings - son of Whitney Cummings , born 2023
Henry Flowers - son of Brandon Flowers and Tana Flowers , born 2011
Henry Tadeusz Farrell - son of Colin Farrell and Alicja Bachleda , born 2009
Henry Farrell - son of Colin Farrell and Alicja Bachleda , born 2009
Henry Gunther Ademola Dashtu Samuel - son of Heidi Klum and Seal , born 2005
Porter Henry Kennard - son of Shannon Harris and Hamish Kennard , born 2022
Forrest Henry Font - son of Maddie Marlow and Jonah Font , born 2023

Stats for the Name Henry

checkmark Henry is currently #6 on the Baby Names Popularity Charts
checkmark Henry is currently #8 in U.S. births

Songs about Henry

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A Touch Of Henry Moore - The Nits
Dear Henry - Garland of Hours
Henry Lee - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Henry Needs a New Pair of Shoes - The Lowest of the Low
Henry's Down Fall - James Keelaghan
John Henry - Harry Belafonte
John Henry - Woody Guthrie
Just Like Henry David - The Kennedys
My Little John Henry - Alan Lomax
Papa Won't Leave You, Henry - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
The Story of John Henry's Hammer - Johnny Cash
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