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Henry

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Henry

"Henry" is a name of German origin, and it means "Ruler of the Home". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Hen"ry
The unit of electric induction; the induction in a circuit when the electro-motive force induced in this circuit is one volt, while the inducing current varies at the rate of one ampère a second.

Etymology: From Joseph Henry, an American physicist

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. United States physicist who studied electromagnetic phenomena (1791-1878)
  2. A leader of the American Revolution and a famous orator who spoke out against British rule of the American colonies (1736-1799)
  3. English chemist who studied the quantities of gas absorbed by water at different temperatures and under different pressures (1775-1836)
  4. A unit of inductance in which an induced electromotive force of one volt is produced when the current is varied at the rate of one ampere per second
Wiktionary

Old French (and Anglo-Norman) Henri, from Germanic heim (“home”) + rihhi (“ruler”).

  1. A male given name, popular in England since Middle Ages; the name of eight kings.
  2. A patronymic surname​.

Henry was also found in the following language(s): Danish, French, German, Middle French, Norwegian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Henry

Henry VIII was royalty. He holds the title Grene growith the holy. He was most active from 1509 to 1509. Henry was born as the child of Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York on June 28th, 1491 in Palace of Placentia. He breathed his last breath on January 28th, 1547.

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He was most active from 1956 to present. Warren was given the name Henry Warren Beaty on March 30th, 1937 in Richmond, Virginia, U.S.

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Henry VII was royalty. He was most prominent from 1485 to 1509. Henry was born as the child of Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond, Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond, and Derby on January 28th, 1457 in Pembroke Castle. He died on April 21st, 1509.

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Henry Ford was a founder of ford motor, business magnate, engineering, ford motor company, and founder offord motor. Henry was born as the child of William Ford (businessman) on July 30th, 1863 in , U.S. He died on April 7th, 1947.

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Henry Kissinger is a 56th United States Secretary of State, National Security Advisor, and National Security Advisor (United States). Henry was born on May 27th, 1923 in Fürth.

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Henry Cavill is an actor. He has been prominent since 2001. Henry was given the name Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill on May 5th, 1983 in Jersey.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Henry

Thierry Henry is a soccer player for the CO Les Ulis, ES Viry-Châtillon, AS Monaco FC, Juventus F.C., Arsenal F.C., FC Barcelona, New York Red Bulls, France national under-20 football team, and France national football team. Thierry was born on August 17th, 1977 in Les Ulis, Essonne, France.

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Mark Henry is a wrestler. Mark was born on June 12th, 1971 in Silsbee, Texas.

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Patrick Henry was a Governor of Virginia. His most notable accomplishments were from 1776 to 1779. Patrick was born on May 29th, 1736 in Birthplace of Patrick Henry. He passed away on June 6th, 1799.

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O. Henry was a writer. O. was given the name William Sidney Porter on September 11th, 1862 in Greensboro, North Carolina. He died on June 5th, 1910.

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Prince Henry was a governor-general of australia and military. He holds the title Duke of Gloucester([[#Titles, styles, and Duke of Gloucester. He was most prominent from 1945 to 1947. Prince was born as the child of George V and Mary of Teck on March 31st, 1900 in York Cottage. He breathed his last breath on June 10th, 1974.

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Lord Darnley Henry was royalty. He was most prominent from 1565 to 1567. Lord was born as the child of Matthew Stewart, 4th Earl of Lennox, and Margaret Douglas on December 7th, 1545 in Temple Newsam, Yorkshire, England. He left this life on February 10th, 1567.

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How popular is the baby name Henry in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 2,455 11 2,444 #9 boy name
1881 2,352 13 2,339 #8 boy name
1882 2,596 17 2,579 #9 boy name
1883 2,395 12 2,383 #8 boy name
1884 2,485 11 2,474 #9 boy name
1885 2,425 19 2,406 #8 boy name
1886 2,418 14 2,404 #9 boy name
1887 2,238 10 2,228 #8 boy name
1888 2,621 25 2,596 #10 boy name
1889 2,304 18 2,286 #11 boy name
1890 2,368 19 2,349 #9 boy name
1891 2,071 22 2,049 #10 boy name
1892 2,476 24 2,452 #10 boy name
1893 2,186 24 2,162 #11 boy name
1894 2,295 17 2,278 #9 boy name
1895 2,236 15 2,221 #9 boy name
1896 2,197 14 2,183 #10 boy name
1897 2,009 15 1,994 #10 boy name
1898 2,161 16 2,145 #11 boy name
1899 1,852 21 1,831 #10 boy name
1900 2,631 25 2,606 #10 boy name
1901 1,887 17 1,870 #10 boy name
1902 2,168 14 2,154 #10 boy name
1903 1,940 18 1,922 #11 boy name
1904 2,100 14 2,086 #10 boy name
1905 2,145 19 2,126 #11 boy name
1906 2,135 23 2,112 #11 boy name
1907 2,217 14 2,203 #10 boy name
1908 2,310 27 2,283 #11 boy name
1909 2,438 27 2,411 #11 boy name
1910 2,927 28 2,899 #10 boy name
1911 3,197 30 3,167 #11 boy name
1912 5,674 30 5,644 #12 boy name
1913 6,427 36 6,391 #12 boy name
1914 8,169 59 8,110 #12 boy name
1915 10,211 72 10,139 #14 boy name
1916 10,737 82 10,655 #14 boy name
1917 10,776 80 10,696 #15 boy name
1918 11,441 87 11,354 #16 boy name
1919 10,711 96 10,615 #16 boy name
1920 11,369 66 11,303 #17 boy name
1921 11,510 97 11,413 #17 boy name
1922 11,288 80 11,208 #17 boy name
1923 11,150 81 11,069 #18 boy name
1924 11,292 96 11,196 #18 boy name
1925 10,724 110 10,614 #18 boy name
1926 10,105 106 9,999 #19 boy name
1927 9,968 105 9,863 #19 boy name
1928 9,398 81 9,317 #21 boy name
1929 8,671 100 8,571 #21 boy name
1930 8,690 96 8,594 #22 boy name
1931 7,883 82 7,801 #22 boy name
1932 7,534 68 7,466 #23 boy name
1933 6,781 52 6,729 #24 boy name
1934 6,796 60 6,736 #27 boy name
1935 6,917 62 6,855 #26 boy name
1936 6,500 53 6,447 #28 boy name
1937 6,739 69 6,670 #30 boy name
1938 6,612 53 6,559 #30 boy name
1939 6,604 48 6,556 #31 boy name
1940 6,875 55 6,820 #31 boy name
1941 7,228 66 7,162 #28 boy name
1942 7,628 65 7,563 #31 boy name
1943 7,672 47 7,625 #31 boy name
1944 7,019 49 6,970 #35 boy name
1945 6,648 47 6,601 #37 boy name
1946 7,355 39 7,316 #41 boy name
1947 7,852 46 7,806 #46 boy name
1948 7,472 53 7,419 #45 boy name
1949 7,214 34 7,180 #46 boy name
1950 7,001 34 6,967 #47 boy name
1951 7,155 36 7,119 #47 boy name
1952 7,006 34 6,972 #50 boy name
1953 6,705 41 6,664 #53 boy name
1954 6,444 42 6,402 #59 boy name
1955 6,231 35 6,196 #61 boy name
1956 5,996 38 5,958 #71 boy name
1957 5,782 36 5,746 #75 boy name
1958 5,175 29 5,146 #83 boy name
1959 5,095 36 5,059 #83 boy name
1960 5,008 39 4,969 #84 boy name
1961 4,661 44 4,617 #91 boy name
1962 4,377 27 4,350 #92 boy name
1963 4,214 27 4,187 #94 boy name
1964 4,149 23 4,126 #92 boy name
1965 3,824 24 3,800 #94 boy name
1966 3,609 29 3,580 #92 boy name
1967 3,359 25 3,334 #93 boy name
1968 3,157 26 3,131 #95 boy name
1969 3,085 22 3,063 #99 boy name
1970 3,155 25 3,130
1971 2,966 20 2,946
1972 2,447 27 2,420
1973 2,382 21 2,361
1974 2,355 31 2,324
1975 2,111 25 2,086
1976 2,151 23 2,128
1977 2,149 15 2,134
1978 2,059 16 2,043
1979 1,962 17 1,945
1980 2,094 20 2,074
1981 2,208 22 2,186
1982 2,096 16 2,080
1983 1,977 27 1,950
1984 2,049 17 2,032
1985 2,078 15 2,063
1986 2,018 23 1,995
1987 2,104 18 2,086
1988 2,095 15 2,080
1989 2,191 16 2,175
1990 2,273 19 2,254
1991 2,272 12 2,260
1992 2,348 9 2,339
1993 2,498 15 2,483
1994 2,423 6 2,417
1995 2,548 6 2,542
1996 2,565 10 2,555
1997 2,657 7 2,650
1998 2,796 5 2,791
1999 2,923 7 2,916
2000 3,123 6 3,117
2001 3,200 8 3,192
2002 3,327 0 3,327
2003 3,472 7 3,465
2004 3,925 17 3,908
2005 4,187 14 4,173
2006 4,672 7 4,665 #95 boy name
2007 5,115 5 5,110 #91 boy name
2008 5,784 8 5,776 #78 boy name
2009 5,902 8 5,894 #71 boy name
2010 6,401 8 6,393 #67 boy name
2011 7,234 7 7,227 #57 boy name
2012 8,074 10 8,064 #43 boy name
2013 8,875 9 8,866 #37 boy name
2014 9,431 9 9,422 #33 boy name
2015 10,167 10 10,157 #29 boy name
2016 10,335 12 10,323 #22 boy name

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Popularity of Henry as a first name

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Popularity of Henry as a last name

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Common last names for Henry

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  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Jackson
  • Anderson
  • Taylor
  • Thomas
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Harris
  • Martin
  • White
  • Thompson
  • Lewis
  • Robinson
  • Clark

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Henry U.S.
  White 61.43% 64.26%
  African American 30.68% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.84% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.87% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.34% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.84% 16.26%

Of Last Name Henry

People with the last name Henry are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Henry

  • How Popular is the name Henry? Henry is the 83rd most popular name of all time. In 2016 Henry was the 22nd most popular name. As a last name Henry was the 149th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Henry have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 673,082 babies born with the first name Henry in the United States. That's more than enough people named Henry to occupy the country of Montenegro with an estimated population of 620,029 (as of April 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Henry? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 2,455 new born babies.
  • When was Henry first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Henry is Thursday, July 16th, 1818.
  • What year had the most people named Henry born? The highest recorded use of the first name Henry was in 1921 with a total of 11,413 babies. That's a lot of babies named Henry!
  • Random Henry Factoid: According to the 1955 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Henry ranks 45th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Arkansas. Imagine that, 94 babies in Arkansas have the same name as you in 1955.
  • Weird things about the name Henry: Your name in reverse order is Yrneh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Henry. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Henry? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 170,964 people with the last name Henry.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Henry? Henry was ranked as the 149th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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