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Henry Surname Meaning

English French Walloon and West Indian (mainly Jamaica and Haiti): from a personal name composed of the ancient Germanic elements haim heim ‘home’ + rīc ‘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. 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 ) as its first element and there has also been confusion with Amery. In North America the English form of the surname has absorbed cognates from other languages e.g. German Heinrich and also their derivatives e.g. Swedish Henriksson (see Henrikson ). Compare Henri . 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 . Americanized form of various like-sounding Jewish surnames.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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 USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 2,280 Henry families living in Ontario. This was about 51% of all the recorded Henry's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Henry families in 1911.
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What did your Henry ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Henry. 33% of Henry men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Henry women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Henry were Cultivateur and Farmer. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Cultivateur

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Farmer
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Passenger Lists

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

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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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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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