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Henry Name Meaning

English and French: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements haim, heim ‘home’ + ric ‘power’, ‘ruler’, introduced to England by the Normans in the form Henri. During the Middle Ages this name became enormously popular in England and was borne by eight kings. Continental forms of the personal name were equally popular throughout Europe (German Heinrich, French Henri, Italian Enrico and Arrigo, Czech Jindrich, etc.). As an American family name, the English form Henry has absorbed patronymics and many other derivatives of this ancient name in continental European languages. (For forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988.) In the period in which the majority of English surnames were formed, a common English vernacular form of the name was Harry, hence the surnames Harris (southern) and Harrison (northern). Official documents of the period normally used the Latinized form Henricus. In medieval times, English Henry absorbed an originally distinct Old English personal name that had hagan ‘hawthorn’. Compare Hain 2 as its first element, and there has also been confusion with Amery. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hInnéirghe ‘descendant of Innéirghe’, a byname based on éirghe ‘arising’. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Éinrí or Mac Einri, patronymics from the personal names Éinrí, Einri, Irish forms of Henry. It is also found as a variant of McEnery. Jewish (American): Americanized form of various like-sounding Ashkenazic Jewish names.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Merry, Terry, Berry, Hendry, Hendy, Heery, Denny, Penry, Henny, Keary

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You can see how Henry families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Henry family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Henry families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 450 Henry families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 21% of all the recorded Henry's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Henry families in 1840.
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What did your Henry ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Henry. 17% of Henry men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Henry women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Henry were Truck Driver and Housekeeper.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    17%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    8%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 199,000 military records available for the last name Henry. For the veterans among your Henry ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Henry lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Henry life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1940. The average life expectancy for Henry in 1940 was 81, and 73 in 2004.

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