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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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Henry Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Henry name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Henry. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    44%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    20%

  • Germanic Europe

    8%

  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples

    5%

  • Benin/Togo

    4%

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Henry Family Origin

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Henry Family Occupations

What did your Henry ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Henry family was Tailor. The most common Henry occupation in the UK was Labourer. 4% of Henry's were Labourers. Labourer, Farmer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Henry.

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  • Labourer

    4%
  • Farmer

    4%
  • Coal Miner

    3%
  • Tailor

    1%

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Henry Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 969,000 census records available for the last name Henry. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Henry census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 148,000 immigration records available for the last name Henry. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Henry Life Expectancy

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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