Gender: Male Meaning of Henry: "estate ruler" Origin of Henry: German Henry's Popularity in 2019: #12

Henry Origin and Meaning

The name Henry is a boy's name of German origin meaning "estate ruler".

Henry was derived from the French Henri, which ultimately comes from the Germanic name Heimrich, made up of the components heim, meaning “home” or “estate,” and rich, meaning “ruler.” The most famous wearer is Henry VIII of England, best known for having six wives—two of whom he beheaded for not bearing him sons. It’s been used in the British royal family many times since.

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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Rank in US: #12

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Famous People Named Henry

Pop Culture References for the name Henry

Hank, Harry, Heriot, Hal

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)


BookSneakersMovie Says:


I actually like this name a lot more than I expected to. Not quite my style, and a bit too popular for me, but I think this is a rather cute name and would be a good name choice.

Renee5322 Says:


One of the best boys' names ever. It's just perfect in every way. Love it!

foreverharriet Says:


I adore this name. I've never been so certain that I will use a name myself. If I have a son he will be called Henry!

ILoveBabyNames123 Says:


I will definitely use this name in the future! I think a good name combo would be Henry Thomas

ILoveBabyNames123 Says:


I actually like this name more now! I don't know what the deal was with me last year lol

christineolteanu Says:


Harriet is a female form of Henry with the cute nickname Hattie and the fantastic namesake of Harriet Tubman. According to a recent study, children with names that more commonly belong to the opposite gender are more likely to suffer from extreme anger as a child and mental issues as an adult. Henrietta/ Henriette are also cute with the nicknames Etta or Hattie. If you like Henry for its shortness and easy spelling, why not just go with Hattie, which is becoming as a first name.

Kaylon O. Centres Says:


If she's a woman worth her salt, she'll stand on her own two feet, instead of hiding behind a man's name, just name her Henrietta.

Kaylon O. Centres Says:


That's the most ridiculous thing ever. There's a reason there's Henrietta, just name her that and be done. Don't humiliate the girl for life and confuse her gender identity.

Kaylon O. Centres Says:


Frankie and Charlie are often diminutive for Charlotte and Frances. Big difference between a shortened version of a nickname and flat out giving a girl a boys' name, and vise versa. No wonder there are so many gender identity issues today. What man would want to date a woman named Henry?

Kaylon O. Centres Says:


Using male names on females and vice versa, should certainly be prohibited. Why would a boy want to go around with the name Christine, Mary or Elizabeth, unless he is transgender, of course? Why embarrass and humiliate a girl when an interviewer sees a male name such as David on a resume and a female walks in? No wonder there are so many issues at present, with gender identity issues in our youth. Her application will be immediately binned.

NameScientist Says:


Love fashionable classics such as Henry!

NameScientist Says:


Agreed, don't ruin it, it's a definite boys name! As I have a last name that has become a popular unisex name, its important to choose a clear masculine or feminine name that is also clearly a first name as well. Henry is one of those names

Alaina Says:


I'm not a huge fan of Henry. It's alright. I'm not a big fan of old timey names either.

briarblossom Says:


Henry is a name that works on so many levels. I would definitely use it.

cellularconfusion Says:


Henry is my absolute favourite boys' name! I adore the combo Henry Matthew Asher :)

ashleyisabellalaaaa Says:


I love this name and it's the name of my older brother and he likes it but where I live every boy is either a Henry, James or George. Me and my brother went to private schools and there was a plethora of Henry's. I think the international alternatives are really nice and I think it would be better if someone (especially if they live in New Zealand because it's super popular here) to choose an alternative.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Love this name

LV51sfan91 Says:


Aww! Solid. Strong. Adorable. Just don't call him "Hen!" Bock bock! Hank is a great nickname!

Finn Says:


I love this name. Though I prefer it as a nickname for Henrik, mostly because of the y ending. My youngest sister was going to be named Henry, which my parents got the inspiration from one of my favourite animated series as a child, Angelina Ballerina. Henry was Angelina's little cousin, an adorable little brown mouse who accidentally got into a lot of trouble.

JenniferMcLucas Says:


Ha! My 3 year old's name is Henry Oliver. 😉

thenamer007 Says:


Henry is such an awesome name

Toronto87 Says:


If there was a name that I could make less popular, it would be Henry - I love it but know many little ones with the name. But heck, I'll probably still use it. This name just makes me happy.

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


I love Henry. Henry would be in my top three all time favourite boy names. It has substance and class, as well as a cheeky side to it. Our friends just called their little boy Henry and it suits his personality to the T.

kj0k Says:


How exactly does naming a girl "Henry", ruin the name? That's some strong sexism there. I personally love "masculine names" on females as it keeps things ambiguous on resumes. Also, why not name your son Whitney, Kimberly, Lindsay, Brook, etc? Those names are definitely not ruined because of their use with females.

Cydney_Eleanor Says:


I adore this name! It's classy and has so many brilliant literary connections - if I ever have a son, I'll probably use Henry with a two/three syllable middle (eg Henry Gabriel or Henry August) 😊

LostKid Says:


I have a friend named Henry, and it's definitely becoming more common.

Cara Jane Says:


I think Cocky's even better.

claracooks Says:


I can't stop smiling when I hear this name. If my #3 is going to be a boy, he'll be a Henry!!!

chellemma1 Says:


I actually know a woman called Henry - it's short for Henrietta. I think Henrietta shortened to Henry is quite cool for a girl but I don't really like Henry on it's own - that's definitely better for boys.

Marlz81 Says:


I love this name:) unfortunately my nanna named her dog this:/

adelinejane Says:


Henry is my nephew's name, and he's absolutely adorable and it suits him. If it wasn't so popular I'd use it myself, but I'm thinking about using it as a middle for one of my twins.

Zelliew Says:


I second that !

otheralix Says:


But the name isn't for a chicken, it's for a human. I don't see people mad about the name Mason "but he's NOT a Mason! He's an accountant!" or Jack "but he's not a jack! He's a person!" "Merritt?! But a mare is a FEMALE HORSE!"

otheralix Says:


I think it's cute. Frankie and Charlie are so commonly used for girls - I say go for it.

KassemJ Says:


A matt is something people step upon and wipe their shoes with and Mike rhymes with a racial slur. What's your point?

headintheclouds Says:


The best classic boy's name ever! Nameberry has a couple of articles dedicated to the versatility and all-round awesomeness of Henry and I totally agree! It's becoming way too popular for my liking though... I'd probably use this as a middle name to a longer three-syllable first name (e.g. Evander Henry), or go with the alternative of Hugo instead.

clairels Says:


I can see the appeal, especially over the traditional Henrietta or Harriet. I personally wouldn't use it, though.

KassemJ Says:


NO, Please! For the love of God, NO!

KassemJ Says:


Henry is a timeless, ageless classic!

aliciagrace Says:


I actually feel like it could work. It's a great name and it was your grandfather's name, also I think it would be pretty cute to see a little girl named Henry.

rgp19 Says:


I personally believe that Henry should be kept as a boys name.

ispyabrownbair Says:


This was my Grandfathers name and have always wanted to use it for a girl. Not sure why but I always saw it as a cute girl name (as well as a cute boy name though it is overused now) What do y'all think?

rgp19 Says:


I love the name Henry. Its my favorite boys name ever.

babymagic Says:


Roostery would be a good alternative.

Leah3456 Says:


Love this old-fashioned boy name.

Guest Says:


I'm warming up to this name! I used to think of it as super nerdy and pretentious but I'm starting to think it's adorable. I'd call my Henry "Enzo". 😜

AnonymousPerson Says:


I have never liked this name. I don't know why. The sound doesn't appeal to me, I suppose. (The fact that it's a dirty brown in my synaesthesic mind doesn't help, either.)

Mary8881 Says:


We call our son Henry "Hen" after our then 3 yr old gave him the nickname a couple years ago when Henry was a baby. It's way cute and doesn't seem girly on him at all. He is all boy and for now (he's only 3) it really works.

ARose1712 Says:


I've always loved this name too. I think it's timeless and steady.

writtenmania Says:


Looking to spice up Henry? I love Henri. ahhh

Hydra Says:


Once again, I agree with you. Besides, hen refers to female chickens. FEMALE chickens.

raevynstar Says:


I like it!

Elvie23 Says:


I have always loved this name! My name is incredibly unusual and while I have come to terms with all the mispronunciations and misspellings that come with an unusual name I have a love for classics like this. I keep Henry and Oliver at the top of my list despite their popularity, because sometimes individuality isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Allypallysmith Says:


Ok this name is becoming SUPER popular. 3 Henry's born on my Facebook newsfeed in the past month!!! Used to be a favorite of mine but not anymore. :(

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


This name is inexplicably popular on Nameberry. I don't see the appeal. It's boring and old sounding

gene Says:


as if henry is #5!!!!!!