The surname Henry is of English and French origin.The name is derived from the Germanic personal name composed of the elements ‘haim,heim’ home and ‘ric’ power.The name was introduced into England by the Normans in the form of Henri.During the Middle Ages this name became extremely popular in England and was borne by eight kings,a record not equalled until the twentieth century,when Edward caught up.Continental forms of the name were equally popular such as; Heinrich (German), Henri (France), and Jindrich (Czech).In its various European and its Latin form (Henricus) it has been borne by six kings of France and four kings of Castile and Leon.Heny the Fowler (876-936) Duke of Saxony,was elected King of the Germans and became the first of a long succession of bearers of the name to rule in central Europe.In the period that the majority of English surnames were being formed,a common vernacular form of the name was Harry.It was not until the seventeenth century that the form Henry became the standard form,mainly as a result of the Latin influence Henricus and French Henri.The Irish have used it as an anglicization of the Gaelic name O’hInneirghe ‘desce… Coat of arms: Per pale indented argent and gules, on the dexter side a rose of t…
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