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The first name 

Henry is a first name typically given to boys, but in rare cases also used as a girls name.

The name Henry is very popular!

The first name Henry is one of the top 100 most popular boys names in the US – currently at #24 in our SmartGenius ranking. Over 1,000 babies each year are named Henry, accounting for approximately 0.60 % of all newborn boys. In total, there are currently 655,933 people – children, adults and seniors – named Henry living in the United States, which is approximately 0.20 % of the entire population.

You won't believe all there is 
to discover about the name

What does the name 
Henry mean?

There is no exact meaning for the first name Henry. The name is an English form of the Germanic first name Heimirich. This is composed of the Old High German words ‘heim’ for ‘house’ and ‘rīhhi’ for ‘ruler, rule, power’. Henry could therefore mean something like ‘ruler of the house’.

Interesting facts! The henry' (symbol: H) is the unit of inductance, as well as magnetic conductance, in the SI system of units and is named after the American physicist Joseph Henry. It is specific to each conductor coil and is usually indicated on it.

Henry has many famous namesakes

Iconic actor

Henry Fonda (1905 - 1982)
Fonda is one of the most famous actors of his era. Several of his films are considered to be classics, including Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) and 12 Angry Men (1957). A few months before his death, he won the Oscar for Best Actor for his final film role in "On Golden Pond" (1981).

An American industrialist

Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)
He founded the Ford Motor Company und created the first automobile that middle-class Americans could afford. The industrialist also was a chief developer of the assembly line technique of mass production.

A Politician and diplomat

Henry Kissinger (*1923)
The German-born American politician and diplomat served as United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor. Kissinger remains a polarizing figure in US politics, winning the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize under controversial circumstances.

Famous King of England

Henry VIII (1491 - 1547)
He was King of England from 1509 until his death in 1547. Establishing the theory of the divine right of kings, he is known for his radical changes to the English Constitution. Today, Henry VIII is best remembered for his six marriages and the execution of two of his wives.

Go on a journey to places 
with your name

When you hear the name Henry, you might first think of people. But did you know that there are also places with the name Henry? Are you also called Henry? Maybe one day you will visit the places that are named just like you...

Henry County...

is a county located in the north-central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. It was founded in 1821.

Lake Henry...

is the name of several lakes in the US. One is for example located in Highlands County, Florida, one in Douglas County, Minnesota.

Henry Ford...

is the namesake of several buildings, including the Henry Ford Museum and the Henry Ford Hospital, both located in Detroit, Michigan.

A non-profit agency...

is named Henry Street Settlement located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City. It was founded in 1893 by the humanitarian and nurse Lillian Wald.

More than 300 events a year

take place at the Henry B. González Convention Center. It is located in San Antonio, Texas, and opened in 1968.

Henry -
a popular traditional name in the U.S.

History tends to focus on the most famous and the best. But even those who play second fiddle leave their mark: Henry is one of those names without which the orchestra would be incomplete. In fact, it has reached the SmartGenius top ranking of #8 more than once, although the last time was a long time ago, way back in the 19th century in 1887. But even though the peak of its popularity was more than 100 years ago, the name Henry has been given to newborn boys every year since records began. Henry is a name of exceptional, enduring popularity that conveys the classic vibes of the 19th century.

In years where the graph has no value, the name Henry was given less than five times or even none at all in the entire USA.

Henry has arrived in the 21st century

Henry peaked in popularity a long time ago, but it still made it into the 21st century. In 2021, it ranked #9 in our statistics - perhaps a far cry from when your ancestors were children and Henry made it into the top ten more than once, but then again: Traditional names often turn out to be perennial favorites, so perhaps it is only a matter of time before Henry regains its top spot.

Henry -
well known in all states of the USA, most popular in Mississippi

There are only 386 different male names registered in every single state in the U.S., and Henry is one of them. However, Henry is not equally widespread in all states, but people in Mississippi seem to particularly fancy this name – the 18,937 men called Henry who live here are 0,952% of all male residents and push their name up to #13 in our SmartGenius statistics, easily placing it in the top 100 most common male names in Mississippi. If you look at all the states in the USA together, you can currently find as many as 655,933 people with the name Henry. Across all regions and age groups, this lands Henry on position 49 in our SmartGenius ranking of the top male names – of course, the current popularity as a baby name for newborns looks somewhat different, as you can see from the statistics above.

Henry has 5 letters 
and begins with an H

Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter H is not particularly common as a first letter for boys' names: only 2.9% of all common boys' names in the US begin with an H. The most common first letters for boys' names are J and A, while X and U are the least common first letters of boys' names.

With five letters, the name Henry is comparatively short. In fact, 17.0% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly five letters. Only 7% of all first names are even shorter, while 75% have more than five letters. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.

This means that if 2.9% of all boys' names begin with an H, this initial letter is less common than the other letters on average. Nevertheless, there are of course some names that begin with H and are extremely popular, for example Henry, currently the most common boys’ name with H.

Other names with 
H, e, n, r and y

If you take all the letters in the name Henry – H, e, n, r and y – and put them together again, you can form other names, such as Herny or others.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Henry

If your name is Henry and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...

This is how you spell the name Henry

So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Henry, you can simply say:






This is how the name Henry is spelled in the NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO alphabet often helps people spell words on the phone or radio when there are communication problems.

How do you write Henry in Braille?

Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.



You want to tell a deaf person that your name is Henry

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Henry is particularly colorful in the Semaphore flag signaling system!

These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.


Have you ever waved the name Henry

In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.


Beeping like crazy...

In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Henry sounds like this: