Henry Name Meaning

A regal name used for centuries, Henry has widespread appeal across time and continents. Meaning “home ruler” from the German Heimirich, Henry has always been surrounded by images of strength and honor.

Henry has been popular among kings with over a dozen Henrys ruling between Germany and England alone. He’s also the formal name of the Duke of Sussex, the spunky younger son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana who stands apart with his fiery red locks and mischievous grin. Despite these regal roots, he’s also nimbly used among commoners. He’s been the name of poets, authors, and actors alike through the years, all beloved for their creative talents and ways with words.

Henry is universally agreed to be strong, but he’s also soft in sound, his friendly -y ending matched by Anthony, Bentley, and Zachary. This softer side has been the key to other names success like Liamand Asher. He’s also bursting with cool British vibes like Oliver and Toby. Regardless of his ancient pedigree, a little Henry will be effortlessly on-trend and have a name that will age gracefully.

There are a few dashing nicknames for Henry like Harry, a darling choice for Potter fans, and Hank, a precious nickname who’s woefully underused. There’s also Hal, another rarely heard gem. Variants of the name include Henrik, Hendrik, and Hendry. Music lovers could stretch it further with Hendrix as well. Similar names to Henry’s style are John, Arthur, and Thomas.

Infographic of Henry name meaning, which is An English variant of the German name Heimirich, Henry means home ruler.
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Henry Name Popularity

How popular is the name Henry? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 10 2,884 0.8191%
1911 11 3,156 0.8475%
1912 12 5,636 1.1176%
1913 12 6,386 1.1263%
1914 12 8,106 1.1631%
1915 14 10,129 1.1149%
1916 14 10,655 1.103%
1917 15 10,694 1.0689%
1918 16 11,349 1.0575%
1919 16 10,611 1.0133%
1920 17 11,302 1.0165%
1921 17 11,412 0.9966%
1922 17 11,201 1.0054%
1923 18 11,065 0.9879%
1924 18 11,193 0.9639%
1925 18 10,614 0.9391%
1926 19 9,999 0.9091%
1927 19 9,865 0.8912%
1928 21 9,314 0.8705%
1929 21 8,569 0.8273%
1930 22 8,593 0.8226%
1931 22 7,800 0.7903%
1932 23 7,465 0.7556%
1933 24 6,724 0.7217%
1934 27 6,731 0.6963%
1935 26 6,850 0.7049%
1936 28 6,444 0.669%
1937 30 6,667 0.6766%
1938 30 6,556 0.6404%
1939 31 6,557 0.6446%
1940 31 6,820 0.6416%
1941 29 7,160 0.6362%
1942 31 7,559 0.5986%
1943 31 7,623 0.5839%
1944 35 6,967 0.5621%
1945 37 6,597 0.5409%
1946 41 7,311 0.4955%
1947 46 7,807 0.4677%
1948 45 7,417 0.4646%
1949 46 7,174 0.446%
1950 47 6,964 0.4325%
1951 47 7,120 0.4199%
1952 50 6,974 0.3995%
1953 54 6,657 0.3761%
1954 59 6,398 0.35%
1955 61 6,198 0.337%
1956 72 5,949 0.315%
1957 75 5,739 0.2982%
1958 84 5,143 0.2721%
1959 83 5,048 0.2657%
1960 84 4,967 0.2621%
1961 91 4,608 0.2441%
1962 92 4,345 0.2367%
1963 93 4,180 0.2329%
1964 92 4,112 0.2336%
1965 93 3,802 0.2325%
1966 92 3,567 0.2285%
1967 93 3,328 0.2193%
1968 95 3,117 0.2076%
1969 100 3,045 0.1977%
1970 103 3,128 0.1966%
1971 112 2,933 0.1952%
1972 118 2,396 0.1759%
1973 111 2,342 0.1807%
1974 115 2,308 0.1776%
1975 124 2,078 0.1617%
1976 122 2,114 0.164%
1977 127 2,124 0.1576%
1978 128 2,017 0.15%
1979 138 1,915 0.1358%
1980 135 2,052 0.1403%
1981 126 2,175 0.148%
1982 134 2,064 0.1381%
1983 136 1,942 0.1316%
1984 135 2,013 0.1353%
1985 137 2,048 0.1349%
1986 140 1,972 0.1306%
1987 136 2,068 0.1355%
1988 140 2,065 0.1325%
1989 141 2,161 0.1339%
1990 138 2,233 0.1347%
1991 142 2,247 0.1379%
1992 141 2,318 0.1452%
1993 135 2,472 0.1586%
1994 144 2,409 0.157%
1995 136 2,533 0.1681%
1996 139 2,549 0.1702%
1997 139 2,651 0.1792%
1998 136 2,777 0.1855%
1999 130 2,899 0.1936%
2000 126 3,110 0.2036%
2001 121 3,187 0.2115%
2002 115 3,320 0.2215%
2003 116 3,464 0.2277%
2004 109 3,902 0.256%
2005 102 4,174 0.273%
2006 95 4,666 0.298%
2007 91 5,109 0.3238%
2008 78 5,777 0.3738%
2009 71 5,894 0.3943%
2010 67 6,397 0.4439%
2011 57 7,229 0.5074%
2012 43 8,066 0.566%
2013 37 8,870 0.623%
2014 32 9,428 0.6471%
2015 29 10,164 0.6986%
2016 22 10,363 0.7188%
2017 18 10,406 0.7456%
2018 16 10,649 0.7751%
2019 12 10,704 0.7907%

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Names Like Henry

If you like Henry, you’ll love these other names like Henry.


What names are diminutives of Henry?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Henry sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Henry, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Hal

A diminutive form of Harold and Henry.

English

Hank

Home ruler

German

#449 (0.0445%)  
Harry

Home ruler

German

#608 (0.0279%)  
Henny

A diminutive form of Henry.


What names are variants of Henry?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Henry.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Arrigo

Italian

Enrico

Home ruler

Spanish

#1,991 (0.0013%)  
Enrikos

Home ruler

German

Enrique

Home ruler

Spanish

#468 (0.0419%)  
Enzio

Home ruler

Italian

Heike

Home ruler

German

Heiko

Home ruler

German

Heindrick

Home ruler

German

Heindrik

Home ruler

German

Heiner

Home ruler

German

Heinrich

Home ruler

German

Heinrick

Home ruler

German

Heinrik

Home ruler

German

Heinz

Hebrew

Henderson

Son of Henry

English

#2,495 (0.0005%)  
Hendrick

Home ruler

German

#1,856 (0.0017%)  
Hendrie

Son of Henry

English

Hendrik

Home ruler

German

#1,981 (0.0013%)  
Hendrix

Son of Hendrick

English

#318 (0.0728%)  
Hendry
Henerik

Home ruler

German

Henning

Home ruler

German

Henri

Home ruler

German

#1,449 (0.0037%)  
Henrik

Home ruler

German

#722 (0.0193%)  
Henrique

Home ruler

German

#2,362 (0.0007%)  
Henryk

Home ruler

German

#2,218 (0.0009%)  
Heriot

Home ruler

German

Herrior

Home ruler

German

Hinrich

Home ruler

German


What names sound like Henry?

If you like how Henry sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Henry.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Henley

High meadow

English

#2,112 (0.001%)  

What names are similar to Henry?

Find a name that’s like Henry, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Albert

Noble, bright, famous

German

#450 (0.0437%)  
Daniel

God is My Judge

Hebrew

#15 (0.8132%)  
George

Farmer

Greek

#127 (0.2221%)  
James

Supplanter

English

#4 (0.9844%)  
John

God is gracious

Hebrew

#27 (0.6637%)  
Joseph

Jehovah will increase

Hebrew

#23 (0.6955%)  
Lucas

From Lucania

Latin

#8 (0.916%)  
Robert

Bright fame

German

#71 (0.3741%)  
Wesley

Western meadow

English

#105 (0.2627%)  
William

A willing protector

German

#3 (1.0566%)  

Lists With Henry

Find inspiration in these baby boy name lists featuring the name Henry.


Siblings of Henry

Mamas with kids named Henry also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Eleanor

Of unknown meaning

English

#32 (0.4144%)  
Adelaide

Noble one

German

#289 (0.079%)  
Elizabeth

God is my oath

Hebrew

#13 (0.6196%)  
Raymond

Protector

English

#298 (0.0814%)  
Emma

Whole or universal

German

#1 (1.3602%)  
Cathy

Pure

Greek

#2,204 (0.0016%)  
Coy

Son of Aodh

#1,274 (0.0053%)  
Robert

Bright fame

German

#71 (0.3741%)  
Rosemary

Dew of the sea

Latin

#434 (0.0482%)  
Walter

Commander of the army

German

#268 (0.0929%)  
Maxwell

Mack's stream

English

#134 (0.2089%)  

24 Comments

  1. We didn’t know if I was growing a girl or boy so we came up with a short list of our favorite names and Henry was on mine but not my partner’s. He vetoed it from my first brainstorm. When Henry was boraadn and we met him for the first time all the names we had considered were out the window. They just didn’t feel right. So we took the next few days to get to know him and look at his features. I mentioned Henry again and it fit. Perfectly. We like the classic strength, elegance and sweetness of the name, the option of the nickname Hank and hope Henry suits his personality and he likes his name all through his life.

  2. My husband and I generated a shortlist of names prior to our Son being born. We wanted to meet the little guy before we selected the name.

    For our naming criteria, we wanted a name that could not be shortened (I.e Lukas shortened to Luke), we wanted his name to be his name with few exceptions.

    When I first saw our little boy, from our short list of names, I knew his name was Henry.

    We also wanted his name to have meaning and history. ‘Henry’ from the German ‘Henrik’ means Ruler or Lord of the House and was the name of English kings.

  3. A strong less common male name that means estate ruler. Also it fit well with our two syllable last name.

  4. I am not so crazy about Henry, Harvey(meaning battle worthy), Harry and Harlan are much more spunky and approachable for me

  5. The name is not frequent but it’s certainly recognizable. My husband had ancestors on both his mom’s and dad’s side with this name, so we chose it. For middle name we chose my father’s name, Victor.

  6. We just loved the name!

  7. He is actually named after his father and grandfather’s. My baby boy is Henry IV. What I like about his name is that it sounds like royalty, the king’s of England were all Henry’s, but also there were great poets and actors etc with this name. So I love his name more than I like it ?. I see a bright future for my little bundle of joy ??

  8. We chose Henry because it’s an older, classic name. I don’t like the nickname Hank that a few people have called him so I hope that doesn’t stick!

  9. Chose Henry after my grandpa. I don’t like that people keep asking me if we’re going to call him “Hank“. I hope that nickname doesn’t catch on.

  10. He is named after his father. His full name is Henry Raphael Murray V!

  11. My mom passed away about 3 years before I got pregnant. Her father was named Henry and when I was born she wanted to name me Henrietta. We did not find out the sex of the baby before birth but I knew if we had a boy his name would be Henry as a way to honor and remember my mom and my grandfather.

  12. I was looking for a powerful name, rooted in the Western tradition that was not biblical in nature

  13. We looked for family names in our family tree that we liked and would be meaningful. We also wanted a classic name that wasn’t to “trendy.”

  14. I chose Henry,because I named him after my late brother. My only brother for that matter. I also love the meaning of Henry which is RULER.

  15. I named my son after my grandfather (mother’s side). I always just loved his name. I do not like the “nick-name” Hank. Haha

  16. He’s the fourth Henry in the family! We call him Hank. At first that name felt too formal for a baby. But he owns it well. Someday he can choose his own nickname.

    • I love it. My lil guy is also the 4th Henry in the family. Henry James Lewis IV ?. Seeing your post made me feel more confident in my lil guy being called Hank lol

  17. We are Sara and Peter – both pretty traditional names so something new age wouldn’t work .
    We decided since baby would have dads last name to pick a first name from my side and come up with our own middle (Isaac).
    My Grandfather and great grandfather are William Henry and we liked Henry- just a solid name . Sometimes we call him Hank 🙂

  18. classic

  19. We chose Henry because it’s classic and it’s also my husbands grandfathers name.

  20. His official name is John Henry. My husband’s family has a tradition of naming the first born sin John Henry. In fact, they can trace this tradition back to the 1600s in Germany as Johann Heinrich! As much as we can figure, our son is John Henry, the 10th. Since there are quite a lot of John Henrys in the family, we call him Henry.

  21. I loved how classic it was. It’s a good name to grow with my baby. I also like how regal it sounds.

  22. My husband and I chose Henry because we love old fashioned names and it was the only one we agreed on! I love that the name has many nicknames and that it will grow with our son.

  23. It is my great uncle’s name.


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