From the Germanic name Heimirich which meant "home ruler", composed of the elements heim "home" and ric "power, ruler". It was later commonly spelled Heinrich, with the spelling altered due to the influence of other Germanic names like Haganrich, in which the first element is hagan "enclosure".
Heinrich was popular among continental royalty, being the name of seven German kings, starting with the 10th-century Henry I the Fowler, and four French kings. In France it was rendered Henri from the Latin form Henricus.
The Normans introduced this name to England, and it was subsequently used by eight kings, ending with the infamous Henry VIII in the 16th century. During the Middle Ages it was generally rendered as Harry or Herry in English pronunciation. Notable bearers include arctic naval explorer Henry Hudson (1570-1611), British novelist Henry James (1843-1916), and American automobile manufacturer Henry Ford (1863-1947). - quoted from Behind The Name
Henry has always been quite common, especially in the 1880's when it ranked as high as #8 in the USA. Currently it ranks #15 in England and Wales, #21 in Australia, #30 in New Zealand, #33 in the USA, #33 in Canada, #51 in Northern Ireland, #76 in Sweden and #91 in Ireland.
Henry has been a favorite of mine for a long time. It is on my family tree so I could definitely use it to honor Henry Geer or Henry Buffington while at the same time honoring my favorite Jane Austen hero Henry Tilney from Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey. I'd use Henry William, Henry Oliver, Henry Thomas or even Henry Tilney. I'd also use Henry as a middle name as in Callum Henry, Benjamin Henry, Alexander Henry and Miles Henry.
What do you think of the name Henry?
Do you know anyone with this name?
What other names would you pair it with?