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The HENRY surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 161,392 142 0.060 598
United States (1880 census) 42,558 106 0.085 851
Change since 1880 +118834 -36 -0.025 -253
Other Countries
Australia 4,927 288 0.030 301
United Kingdom 16,034 356 0.035 349
Top States for HENRY by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 12,428 180 0.060 596
Florida 11,269 124 0.071 705
California 11,136 265 0.033 329
Pennsylvania 10,755 58 0.088 876
New York 10,264 98 0.054 541
Top States for HENRY by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Delaware 1,144 53 0.146 1,460
Louisiana 5,659 78 0.127 1,266
Arkansas 2,688 101 0.101 1,005
Tennessee 5,392 125 0.095 948
Pennsylvania 10,755 58 0.088 876


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called HENRY live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called HENRY represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called HENRY in Texas than any other state, but you are more likely to find a HENRY by picking someone at random in Delaware than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of HENRY

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Scotland

Language of origin: Gaelic

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From given name or forename

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the HENRY surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the HENRY surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of HENRY in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 920 0.57
White (Caucasian) 105,002 65.06
Black/African American 46,416 28.76
Mixed Race 3,228 2
White (Hispanic) 3,066 1.9
Native American/Alaskan 2,760 1.71

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the HENRY surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of HENRY in historical publications

Verstegan derives this name from Einrick, ever rich; others from Herrick, rich lord or master; Camden, from the Latin Honoricus, honorable. Kilian writes it Heynrick--Heymrick, i. e., rich at home.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

HENRY. A personal name of Norman importation, which has given birth in a moditied form to many surnames, including Heurisou, Henson, Penry (ap-Henry),

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to HENRY

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as HENRY.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for HENRY

The following words are slight variants of HENRY that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.