Name: Henry

Origin and Meaning of the Name Henry

  • Meaning:
    Home ruler
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  • Pronunciation:
    (HEN ree)
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    Itself (Henry)
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Miscellaneous Info for Henry

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    English speaking countries
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    Henry is an anglicized form of the Germanic name Heinrich or Heimrich. Henry has remained popular throughout history evidenced by the fact that rulers from Britain, France and Germany have all carried it. The name Henry has also figured prominently in American history and was borne by the likes of statesmen William Henry Harrison (9th President), Henry Clay and Henry Kissinger, writers Henry Miller and Henry Thoreau, and poet Henry Longfellow. Although Henry suffered a slight popularity slump, it has once again reached popularity with modern generations, perhaps influenced slightly by the popularity of modern entertainers with the name such as actor Henry Fonda, Henry Thomas from the movie "E.T" and punk rock legend Henry Rollins.

    Henry also occurs frequently as a surname. In this circumstance, it is most definitely a case of a given name being later used in this aspect.

    St Henry, a Holy Roman Emperor, founded many monasteries and encouraged missionary work. He is the only German king ever to be canonized in the Roman Catholic church.

    Henry is also the name of a range of vacuum cleaners made by Numatic International, which have faces with the vacuum cleaner hose as the nose.

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