Henry Name Meaning

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Fact: Henry is also the middle name of several U.S. presidents, including William Henry Harrison and his grandson Benjamin Harrison.

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A Deep Dive

Henry Overview

Meaning

Home ruler, ruler of the home, ruler of the homeland

Gender

Boy

Origin

Old French, Germanic

Etymology

Derived from the Germanic name “Heinrich,” meaning “ruler of the household.”

Religion

Christianity

Pronunciation

/ˈhɛn.ri/

Popularity

Henry is a consistently popular name worldwide, especially in English-speaking countries. Ranked 8th most popular name in USA in 2023.

Syllable

2 syllables

Length

5 letters

Numerology

7 (Analytical, Studious, Knowledgeable)

Name Styles

Popular, Classic, Vintage, Cool, Cute

Associated Traits

Strong, dependable, and noble

Spiritual, Religious, or Cultural Significance

St. Henry, known as Henry II, was a Holy Roman Emperor and is venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church.

Name Day

July 13th
A Deep Dive

Henry Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Heinrich, Henri, Enrico, Enrique, Henrik, Hendrik, Eanraig, Anraí

Common Nicknames

Hank, Harry, Hal, Hen, Henny, Rye, Haz

Diminutives

Hank, Hal, Hen, Heinz

Famous People

  • Henry VIII
    (English King)
  • Henry Ford
    (American Industrialist)
  • Henry David Thoreau
    (American Writer)
  • Henry James
    (American-British Writer)
  • Henry Kissinger
    (American Politician)
  • Henry Cavill
    (British Actor)
  • Henry Winkler
    (American Actor)
  • Henry Fonda
    (American Actor)
  • Henry Rollins
    (American Musician and Actor)
  • Henry Moore
    (British Sculptor)
  • Henry Mancini
    (American Composer)
  • Henry Fielding
    (English Writer)
  • Henry Hudson
    (English Explorer)
  • Henry Matisse
    (French Painter)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • Henry J. Waternoose III
    ("Monsters, Inc.," Animated Film)
  • Henry Hill
    ("Goodfellas," Film)
  • Henry DeTamble
    ("The Time Traveler's Wife," Novel)
  • Henry Pym
    ("Ant-Man," Film Series)
  • Henry Spencer
    ("Psych," TV Series)
  • Henry Mills
    ("Once Upon a Time," TV Series)
  • Henry Jones Sr.
    ("Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," Film)
  • Henry Foss
    ("Sanctuary," TV Series)
  • Henry McCoy
    ("X-Men," Film Series)
  • Henry
    ("E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," Film)

Places

  • Henry J. Waternoose III
    ("Monsters, Inc.," Animated Film)
  • Henry Hill
    ("Goodfellas," Film)
  • Henry DeTamble
    ("The Time Traveler's Wife," Novel)
  • Henry Pym
    ("Ant-Man," Film Series)
  • Henry Spencer
    ("Psych," TV Series)

What Is the Meaning of Henry?

The meaning of Henry is “home ruler” or “ruler of the homeland.” This name signifies leadership and authority within one’s domain.

What Is the Origin of The Name Henry?

Henry is of Old French origin. It comes from the Germanic name Heimirich, which means “home ruler.” The name has been popular for centuries, especially among royalty in Germany and England.

Henry Name Popularity

Popularity Chart of the Name Henry in the U.S. over the Years

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Top 3 Rankings#72022#81881#81883

Annual Statistics Breakdown for Henry

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
20238
(-1 from 2022)
10941
(-321 from 2022)
0.59749
20227
(+2 from 2021)
11262
(-101 from 2021)
0.60129
20219
No change from 2020
11363
(+582 from 2020)
0.60648
20209
(+4 from 2019)
10781
(+18 from 2019)
0.58286
201913
(+3 from 2018)
10763
(+52 from 2018)
0.56006
201816
(+3 from 2017)
10711
(+233 from 2017)
0.55105
201719
(+3 from 2016)
10478
(+89 from 2016)
0.52943
201622
(+7 from 2015)
10389
(+207 from 2015)
0.51288
201529
(+4 from 2014)
10182
(+742 from 2014)
0.49803
201433
(+4 from 2013)
9440
(+558 from 2013)
0.46066
201337
(+7 from 2012)
8882
(+809 from 2012)
0.43955
201244
(+13 from 2011)
8073
(+839 from 2011)
0.39785
201157
(+10 from 2010)
7234
(+829 from 2010)
0.35611
201067
(+4 from 2009)
6405
(+506 from 2009)
0.31177
200971
(+7 from 2008)
5899
(+114 from 2008)
0.27813
200878
(+12 from 2007)
5785
(+664 from 2007)
0.26532
200790
(+5 from 2006)
5121
(+448 from 2006)
0.23119
200695
(+7 from 2005)
4673
(+490 from 2005)
0.21315
2005102
(+7 from 2004)
4183
(+264 from 2004)
0.19663
2004109
(+7 from 2003)
3919
(+441 from 2003)
0.18544
2003116
(-1 from 2002)
3478
(+141 from 2002)
0.16553
2002115
(+5 from 2001)
3337
(+132 from 2001)
0.16147
2001120
(+6 from 2000)
3205
(+78 from 2000)
0.15495
2000126
(+3 from 1999)
3127
(+200 from 1999)
0.14974
1999129
(+6 from 1998)
2927
(+127 from 1998)
0.14355
1998135
(+4 from 1997)
2800
(+144 from 1997)
0.13809
1997139
No change from 1996
2656
(+100 from 1996)
0.13295
1996139
(-3 from 1995)
2556
(+12 from 1995)
0.12756
1995136
(+9 from 1994)
2544
(+124 from 1994)
0.12648
1994145
(-9 from 1993)
2420
(-64 from 1993)
0.11872
1993136
(+5 from 1992)
2484
(+140 from 1992)
0.12026
1992141
(+2 from 1991)
2344
(+84 from 1991)
0.11166
1991143
(-5 from 1990)
2260
(+7 from 1990)
0.10662
1990138
(+3 from 1989)
2253
(+79 from 1989)
0.10469
1989141
(-1 from 1988)
2174
(+92 from 1988)
0.10372
1988140
(-3 from 1987)
2082
(-5 from 1987)
0.10398
1987137
(+2 from 1986)
2087
(+93 from 1986)
0.10701
1986139
(-2 from 1985)
1994
(-75 from 1985)
0.10376
1985137
(-2 from 1984)
2069
(+37 from 1984)
0.10751
1984135
(+1 from 1983)
2032
(+79 from 1983)
0.10828
1983136
(-2 from 1982)
1953
(-127 from 1982)
0.10480
1982134
(-8 from 1981)
2080
(-106 from 1981)
0.11022
1981126
(+9 from 1980)
2186
(+117 from 1980)
0.11738
1980135
(+3 from 1979)
2069
(+123 from 1979)
0.11155
1979138
(-11 from 1978)
1946
(-98 from 1978)
0.10863
1978127
(-1 from 1977)
2044
(-91 from 1977)
0.11963
1977126
(-4 from 1976)
2135
(+8 from 1976)
0.12490
1976122
(+2 from 1975)
2127
(+38 from 1975)
0.13028
1975124
(-9 from 1974)
2089
(-231 from 1974)
0.12876
1974115
(-4 from 1973)
2320
(-38 from 1973)
0.14231
1973111
(+7 from 1972)
2358
(-61 from 1972)
0.14613
1972118
(-6 from 1971)
2419
(-529 from 1971)
0.14450
1971112
(-8 from 1970)
2948
(-179 from 1970)
0.16217
1970104
(-4 from 1969)
3127
(+69 from 1969)
0.16417
1969100
(-5 from 1968)
3058
(-71 from 1968)
0.16718
196895
(-2 from 1967)
3129
(-204 from 1967)
0.17624
196793
(-1 from 1966)
3333
(-240 from 1966)
0.18731
196692
(+2 from 1965)
3573
(-230 from 1965)
0.19657
196594
(-2 from 1964)
3803
(-320 from 1964)
0.20073
196492
(+2 from 1963)
4123
(-60 from 1963)
0.20340
196394
(-2 from 1962)
4183
(-162 from 1962)
0.20260
196292
(-1 from 1961)
4345
(-275 from 1961)
0.20674
196191
(-7 from 1960)
4620
(-346 from 1960)
0.21419
196084
(-1 from 1959)
4966
(-92 from 1959)
0.22934
195983
No change from 1958
5058
(-98 from 1958)
0.23347
195883
(-8 from 1957)
5156
(-578 from 1957)
0.23927
195775
(-4 from 1956)
5734
(-236 from 1956)
0.26196
195671
(-10 from 1955)
5970
(-220 from 1955)
0.27816
195561
(-2 from 1954)
6190
(-213 from 1954)
0.29614
195459
(-5 from 1953)
6403
(-258 from 1953)
0.30945
195354
(-4 from 1952)
6661
(-314 from 1952)
0.33268
195250
(-3 from 1951)
6975
(-144 from 1951)
0.35347
195147
No change from 1950
7119
(+155 from 1950)
0.37239
195047
(-1 from 1949)
6964
(-218 from 1949)
0.38289
194946
(-1 from 1948)
7182
(-238 from 1948)
0.39856
194845
(+1 from 1947)
7420
(-388 from 1947)
0.41621
194746
(-5 from 1946)
7808
(+491 from 1946)
0.42033
194641
(-4 from 1945)
7317
(+712 from 1945)
0.44335
194537
(-2 from 1944)
6605
(-369 from 1944)
0.48161
194435
(-4 from 1943)
6974
(-656 from 1943)
0.50203
194331
No change from 1942
7630
(+68 from 1942)
0.52454
194231
(-3 from 1941)
7562
(+397 from 1941)
0.53696
194128
(+3 from 1940)
7165
(+345 from 1940)
0.57098
194031
No change from 1939
6820
(+258 from 1939)
0.57496
193931
(-1 from 1938)
6562
(+5 from 1938)
0.57901
193830
No change from 1937
6557
(-111 from 1937)
0.57695
193730
(-2 from 1936)
6668
(+223 from 1936)
0.60970
193628
(-1 from 1935)
6445
(-411 from 1935)
0.60556
193527
No change from 1934
6856
(+121 from 1934)
0.64099
193427
(-3 from 1933)
6735
(+9 from 1933)
0.63422
193324
(-1 from 1932)
6726
(-744 from 1932)
0.65929
193223
(-1 from 1931)
7470
(-335 from 1931)
0.69525
193122
No change from 1930
7805
(-789 from 1930)
0.72959
193022
(-1 from 1929)
8594
(+22 from 1929)
0.76086
192921
No change from 1928
8572
(-741 from 1928)
0.77392
192821
(-2 from 1927)
9313
(-555 from 1927)
0.81610
192719
No change from 1926
9868
(-128 from 1926)
0.84929
192619
(-1 from 1925)
9996
(-621 from 1925)
0.87268
192518
No change from 1924
10617
(-579 from 1924)
0.92208
192418
No change from 1923
11196
(+129 from 1923)
0.95772
192318
(-1 from 1922)
11067
(-140 from 1922)
0.97741
192217
No change from 1921
11207
(-204 from 1921)
0.99600
192117
No change from 1920
11411
(+106 from 1920)
1.00279
192017
(-1 from 1919)
11305
(+692 from 1919)
1.02700
191916
No change from 1918
10613
(-741 from 1918)
1.04528
191816
(-1 from 1917)
11354
(+658 from 1917)
1.08272
191715
(-1 from 1916)
10696
(+40 from 1916)
1.11497
191614
No change from 1915
10656
(+518 from 1915)
1.15419
191514
(-2 from 1914)
10138
(+2028 from 1914)
1.15084
191412
No change from 1913
8110
(+1719 from 1913)
1.18685
191312
No change from 1912
6391
(+748 from 1912)
1.19180
191212
(-1 from 1911)
5643
(+2476 from 1911)
1.24996
191111
(-1 from 1910)
3167
(+268 from 1910)
1.31196
191010
(+1 from 1909)
2899
(+488 from 1909)
1.39030
190911
No change from 1908
2411
(+128 from 1908)
1.36320
190811
(-1 from 1907)
2283
(+80 from 1907)
1.37227
190710
(+1 from 1906)
2203
(+91 from 1906)
1.38917
190611
No change from 1905
2112
(-14 from 1905)
1.46599
190511
(-1 from 1904)
2126
(+41 from 1904)
1.48429
190410
(+1 from 1903)
2085
(+163 from 1903)
1.50538
190311
(-1 from 1902)
1922
(-232 from 1902)
1.48621
190210
No change from 1901
2154
(+284 from 1901)
1.62260
190110
No change from 1900
1870
(-736 from 1900)
1.61776
190010
No change from 1899
2606
(+775 from 1899)
1.60741
189910
(+1 from 1898)
1831
(-314 from 1898)
1.58949
189811
(-1 from 1897)
2145
(+151 from 1897)
1.62378
189710
No change from 1896
1994
(-189 from 1896)
1.63520
189610
(-1 from 1895)
2183
(-38 from 1895)
1.69133
18959
No change from 1894
2221
(-57 from 1894)
1.75376
18949
(+2 from 1893)
2278
(+116 from 1893)
1.82398
189311
(-1 from 1892)
2162
(-290 from 1892)
1.78617
189210
No change from 1891
2452
(+403 from 1891)
1.86532
189110
(-1 from 1890)
2049
(-300 from 1890)
1.87526
18909
(+2 from 1889)
2349
(+63 from 1889)
1.96241
188911
(-1 from 1888)
2286
(-310 from 1888)
1.92049
188810
(-2 from 1887)
2596
(+368 from 1887)
1.99835
18878
(+1 from 1886)
2228
(-176 from 1886)
2.03822
18869
(-1 from 1885)
2404
(-2 from 1885)
2.01947
18858
(+1 from 1884)
2406
(-68 from 1884)
2.07512
18849
(-1 from 1883)
2474
(+91 from 1883)
2.01568
18838
(+1 from 1882)
2383
(-196 from 1882)
2.11869
18829
(-1 from 1881)
2579
(+240 from 1881)
2.11340
18818
(+1 from 1880)
2339
(-105 from 1880)
2.16022
18809
First SSA data recorded
2444
First SSA data recorded
2.06421

American States Popularity Rankings for Henry

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Number of Births )

New York (NY)

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California (CA)

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Texas (TX)

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Pennsylvania (PA)

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Illinois (IL)

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Georgia (GA)

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North Carolina (NC)

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Alabama (AL)

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Massachusetts (MA)

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Ohio (OH)

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Michigan (MI)

Michigan (MI) flagMichigan (MI)#42021#42022#32023

South Carolina (SC)

South Carolina (SC) flagSouth Carolina (SC)#112021#82022#82023

Florida (FL)

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New Jersey (NJ)

New Jersey (NJ) flagNew Jersey (NJ)#362021#332022#322023

Louisiana (LA)

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Mississippi (MS)

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Virginia (VA)

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Tennessee (TN)

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Missouri (MO)

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Kentucky (KY)

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Wisconsin (WI)

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Minnesota (MN)

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Indiana (IN)

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Maryland (MD)

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Arkansas (AR)

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Connecticut (CT)

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Washington (WA)

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Oklahoma (OK)

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Colorado (CO)

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Arizona (AZ)

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Iowa (IA)

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Kansas (KS)

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Oregon (OR)

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West Virginia (WV)

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Nebraska (NE)

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Utah (UT)

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District of Columbia (DC)

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New Mexico (NM)

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Rhode Island (RI)

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Hawaii (HI)

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Maine (ME)

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New Hampshire (NH)

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North Dakota (ND)

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Montana (MT)

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Idaho (ID)

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South Dakota (SD)

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Vermont (VT)

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Delaware (DE)

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Nevada (NV)

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Alaska (AK)

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Wyoming (WY)

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Popularity Rankings for Henry in other Countries and American Territories

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Rankings)

Popularity in Australia (NSW)

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Popularity in Medieval England

Medieval England flagMedieval England#61377-1381

Popularity in New Zealand

New Zealand flagNew Zealand#292021#182022#82023

Popularity in Germany

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Popularity in England and Wales

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Popularity in Canada

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Popularity in Other American Territories

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Guam flag Guam
Northern Mariana Islands flag Northern Mariana Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands flag U.S. Virgin Islands

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Popularity in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland flagNorthern Ireland#552021#402022#222023

Popularity in Sweden

Sweden flagSweden#412021#292022#272023

Popularity in Iceland

Iceland flagIceland#3292021#532022#1162023

Popularity in Norway

Norway flagNorway#782021#612022#552023

Popularity in Switzerland

Switzerland flagSwitzerland#612020#552021#672022

Popularity in Austria

Austria flagAustria#862020#692021#652022

Popularity in Scotland

Scotland flagScotland#1042021#982022#822023

Popularity in Ireland

Ireland flagIreland#1082021#862022#932023

Popularity in Quebec, Canada

Quebec, Canada flagQuebec, Canada#1112020#1082021#1052022

Popularity in France

France flagFrance#1731956#1701957#1871958

Popularity in Chile

Chile flagChile#1961991#1891994#1921995

Popularity in Argentina

Argentina flagArgentina#2001984#1971986

Popularity in Poland

Poland flagPoland#2012021#2312022#2202023

Popularity in Puerto Rico

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Popularity in Mexico

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Source: Social Security Administration (SSA) and Other National Sources

Is Henry a Name for Boys or Girls?

Henry is widely used for boys. It has been a popular choice due to its regal and historical significance.

Variants, Nicknames, Diminutives, and Ideal Middle Names for Henry

Henry in Famous People Names, Pop Culture, and Places