The name Henry is of German origin and means "Ruler Of The Home." The origin is the culture in which the name originated, or in the case of a word--the language in which it most appears.
The French spelling of Henry is Henri whereas the German spelling is Henrik. The most common nickname of the name Henry is Hank. Other nicknames include Harry, Henny and Hen. King Henry VIII was a notorious British ruler as were the other Tudors named Henry. A current Royal is Harry, Prince Henry of Wales. Other famous men named Henry include composer Henry Mancini, automobile maker Henry Ford, and actors Henry Winkler, Henry Fonda, and Henry Cavill. Henry Kissinger was US Secretary of State and National Security Advisor. Hank Aaron and Hank Greenberg were a famous baseball players. Henry David Thoreau was an American author and naturalist. Fictional characters with the name Henry include Uncle Henry from The Wizard of Oz series by L. Frank Baum. Other characters include Henry Higgins from My Fair Lady, Henry “Indiana” Jones from the Raiders of the Lost Ark series, Henry Jekyll from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Henry Rearden from Atlas Shrugged.
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