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Gender: Male Meaning of Henry: "estate ruler" Origin of Henry: German Henry's Popularity in 2017: #18

The name Henry is a boy's name of German origin meaning "estate ruler". Henry is ranked #18 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Antique Baby Names Back in Style and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

Henry, after hovering around the latter half of the Top 100 for 35 years, is now rising once again. Its stylishness has increased substantially to the point where in upmarket neighborhoods and suburbs, it seems every other boy is named either Jack or Henry. Still, Henry is a solid boy name with lots of history and personality, and a favorite on Nameberry.

Henry has a long pedigree as a royal name, with many worthy (as well as notorious) namesakes. There's Henry the Eighth, of course, along with all those other British kings named Henry, down to the current fifth in line to the throne, Prince Henry (who goes by Harry). Other illustrious Henrys that might provide baby name inspiration include Henry David Thoreau, Henry (Hank) Aaron, Henry James, Henry Ford and Henry Miller.

Numerous celebs have chosen Henry for their sons, from Julia Roberts to Minnie Driver to Heidi Klum to Colin Farrell.

Appealing international versions include Arrigo, Enrico, Enzio and Enrique.

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Famous People Named Henry

Henry Charles Albert David, Prince of the United Kingdom, Duke of Sussex (commonly known as Prince Harry)
Henry II-VI, Holy Roman Emperors
Henry I-V, Kings of France
Henry I-VIII, Kings of England
Henry I-IV, Kings of Castile
Henry the Fowler, King of Germany
Henry, King of Portugal
Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, King consort of Mary, queen of Scots
Henry the Navigator (Infante Dom Henrique), Portuguese prince
Henry Benedict Stuart aka Henry IX, Jacobite pretender to the English throne
Henry Clay, U.S. Secretary of State and Senator from Kentucky
Henry David Thoreau, American author
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet
Henry Rider Haggard, British author
Henry Ford, American founder of the Ford Motor Company
Heinz Alfred "Henry" Kissinger, German-born U.S. Secretary of State
Henry Franklin Winkler, American actor known for portraying "The Fonz"
Henry Jaynes "Hank" Fonda, American actor
Henry, Bishop of Finland
Henry Louis "Hank" Aaron, American baseball player
Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill, British actor
Henry James, American novelist
Henry Bertram Price, 30th Governor of Guam
Henry Morrison Flagler, American oilman and founder of Miami, Florida
Henry Hathaway (born Marquis Henri Léopold de Fiennes), American film director
Henry Oswald Simmons Jr., American actor
Henry Valentine Miller, American novelist
Henry Ian Cusick, Peruvian-born Scottish actor
Henry Morgan, Welsh pirate
Henry Philip Hynoski, American NFL football player
Henry James Melton, American NFL football player
Henry Augustus Rowland, American physicist
Henry Lau, Canadian singer of Chinese boy band Super Junior-M
Henry Joseph Wood, English conductor of The Proms
Henry Spencer Moore, English sculptor
Henry "Harry" Goodsir, Scottish medical doctor
Henry Neilson Wrigley, Australian Air Force commander
O. Henry, pen name of William Sydney Porter, American short story writer
Henry Gummer, son of actress Meryl Streep
Henry Blake Mortensen, son of actor Viggo Mortensen
Henry Pays Bernsen, son of actor Corbin Bernsen
Henry Hall, son of actors Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall
Henry Günther Ademola Dashtu Samuel (b. 2005), son of model Heidi Klum and singer Seal
Henry Chance Aronofsky (b. 2006), son of actress Rachel Weisz
Henry Daniel Moder (b. 2007), son of actress Julia Roberts and Daniel Moder
Henry Lee White (b. 2007), son of musician Jack White and model Karen Elson
Henry Story Lea (b. 2008), son of actress Minnie Driver and Timothy J. Lea
Henry Tadeusz Farrell (b. 2009), son of actor Colin Farrell
Henry Atticus Green (b. 2010), son of novelist John Green
Henry Flowers (b. 2011), son of singer Brandon Flowers of The Killers
Henry Lamar Hornsby (b. 2011), son of actors David Hornsby and Emily Deschanel
Henry Peet Friedman (b. 2014), son of actress Amanda Peet
Henry Richard Francis Jackson (b. 2015), son of actress Emily Symons and Paul Jackson
Henry Griffiths (b. 2015), son of vloggers Beau & Emily Griffiths from the channel A Griffiths Life Vlogs
Henry Harris Hebel (b. 2016), son of American actress and comedian Rachael Harris
Henry Wilberforce Seewald (b. 2017), son of reality TV's Jessa (Duggar) and Ben Seewald
Henry Magnus Dunstan, son of Australian youtubers Rohan and Chloe Dunstan (Life with Beans)
Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill, British actor
Henry Lau, Hong Kong-Canadian singer

Pop Culture References for the name Henry

Henry Haluki is a character in Lisa Mcmann's "Unwanteds" book series
Lord Henry "Harry" Wotton, character in Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
Henry Clerval, character in Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein"
Dr Henry Jekyll, character from "Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde"
Henry Winter, character in Donna Tartt's "The Secret History"
Henry Higgins, character in G. B. Shaw's "Pygmalion" and musical "My Fair Lady"
Henry Rowengartner, character in movie "Rookie of the Year"
Henry Jones Jr., aka Indiana Jones, movie character
Henry Denton, character in Shaun David Hutchinson's "We Are The Ants"
Henry Deacon, character on TV's "Eureka"
Henry Tilney, character in Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey"
Henry Gale aka Uncle Henry, character in L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz
Henry Townshend, character in video game "Silent Hill 4: The Room"
Henry Gondorff, main character in movie "The Sting"
Henry Mills, character on TV's "Once Upon a Time"
Henry Bass, Chuck Bass and Blair Waldorf's son on TV's "Gossip Girl"
Henry, character in "Fire Emblem: Awakening"
Henry DeTamble, the time traveler in book/movie "The Time Traveler's Wife"
Henry, train on animated series "Thomas & Friends"
Henry Graham, main character in movie "A New Leaf"
Henry "Harry" Sandwith, main character in G. A. Henty's, In the Reign of Terror
Henry Dashwood, character in movie "What a Girl Wants"
Henry Gibson, character on TV's "What I Like About You"
Henry Alden, character in The Boxcar Children series
Henry Roth, character in movie "50 First Dates"
Henry Spencer, character on TV's "Psych"
Henry Branwell, character in Cassandra Clare's "Infernal Devices" Series
Henry D'Ysquith, character in musical "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder"
Henry Hugglemonster, character in the British animated series of the same name
Henry Evans, character in movie "The Good Son"
Henry Huggins, character in books by Beverly Cleary
Henry Jareau-LaMontagne, Jennifer Jareau's son on TV's "Criminal Minds"
Henry Jonathan "Hank" Pym, character in Marvel Universe
Henry Pym Jr., character in Marvel Universe
Henry Philip "Hank" McCoy, character in Marvel Universe
Henry Morgan, main character of the television series "Forever".
Henry Sikorsky, character in movie "The Dream Team"
Henry Yewbeam, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Henry Pollard, main character in the TV series "Party Down"
Henry Harper, character in Kerstin Gier's 'Silber Trilogy'
Henry York Maccabee, character in N.D. Wilson"s "100 Cupboards" Trilogy
Henri Jaakoppi, character in Kiera Cass' 'Selection' Series
Henry "Harry" Potter, Great grandfather of Harry Potter, grandfather to James Potter, father of Fleamont Potter; character in the Harry Potter series
Henry Allen, character in DC Universe
Henry Hewitt, character in DC Universe
Henry Shaw, Sr. and Jr., characters in J.K. Rowling's "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"
Henry Talbot, character on TV's "Downton Abbey"
Henry Wong, character in anime "Digimon Tamers"
Henry Deaver, character in "Castle Rock"
Henry Burton, husband of Teddy Altman on TV's "Grey's Anatomy"
Henry Andrews, character on TV's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"
Prince Henry, character in "Ever After"
"The History of Henry Esmond," novel by William Makepeace Thackeray
"Henry," newspaper comic strip by Carl Anderson and its main character
"The Wallflower (Roll With Me, Henry)," song by Etta James
"Oh, Henry" song by the Civil Wars
Oh Henry!, chocolate bar
Henry, Luxa's cousin in Gregor The Overlander
Henry Turner, son of Will and Elizabeth Turner in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales"
Henry McCord, character on TV's "Madam Secretary"

Hal, Hank, Heriot, Harry

Henry's International Variations

Hinrich, Heinrik, Heiko, Heinrich, Heino (Dutch) Quinto, Inriques, Quique, Enrique, Quico (Spanish) Jindrich (Czech) Enzio, Arrigo, Enrico (Italian) Éinri, Ánrai (Irish Gaelic) Henrique (Portuguese) Eanraig (Scottish Gaelic) Henrik (Hungarian) Enric (Catalan) Henning, Henerik (Danish) Henryk (Polish) Heikki (Finnish) Heinz (German) Henri (French) Hersz (Yiddish) Henric (Romanian)