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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 Middle Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

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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)


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!!!!!!