Henri History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish name Henri was originally written in a Gaelic form as O hInneirghe, which is derived from an adjective meaning easily roused early.

Early Origins of the Henri family

The surname Henri was first found in County Tyrone (Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster, central Northern Ireland, where they held a family seat at Cullentra. From here, the head of this Irish sept extended his territories into the valley of Glenconkeiny in County Londonderry.

Meilor Fitzhenry (d. 1220), was "Justiciar of Ireland, was the son of Henry, the bastard son of King Henry I, by Nesta, the wife of Gerald of Windsor, and the daughter of Rhys ab Tewdwr, king of South Wales. He was thus the first cousin of Henry II, and related to the noblest Norman and native families of South Wales. " [1]

Early History of the Henri family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Henri research. Another 54 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1753, 1816, 1796, 1800, 1785 and 1845 are included under the topic Early Henri History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Henri Spelling Variations

Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Henri revealed many variations, including O'Henry, Fitzhenry, MacHenry, MacEnery, MacEniry and others.

Early Notables of the Henri family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family at this time was James McHenry (1753-1816), American (Irish-born) patriot in the American Revolution; Secretary of War 1796-1800, and private secretary to...
Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Henri Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Henri Ranking

In France, the name Henri is the 931st most popular surname with an estimated 5,583 people with that name. [2]


United States Henri migration to the United States +

To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Henri or a variant listed above, including:

Henri Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christoph Henri, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1773
Henri Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Riuk Henri, who landed in Iowa in 1888 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Henri (post 1700) +

  • Jean-Pierre Henri, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [4]
  • Duke Antoine Henri, Administrator, Knight of the Legion of Honour, Paris
  • Florence Henri (1893-1982), Swiss photographer and painter, born in America of a French father and German mother
  • Victor Henri Henri (1832-1913), French journalist/politician
  • Edmond Henri Fischer (1920-2021), American-Swiss biochemist who was co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1992, the oldest living Nobel Prize laureate
  • Albert Henri Roux OBE (1935-2021), French restaurateur and chef working in Britain who operated Le Gavroche, the first restaurant in the UK to gain three Michelin stars
  • Lucien Henri Gendron (1899-1959), Canadian politician, Minister of Marine in 1935
  • Victor Henri Rochefort (1831-1913), Marquis de Rochefort-Luçay, a French politician
  • Victor Henri Staub (1872-1953), French pianist and composer
  • Corneille Henri Theunissen (1863-1918), French sculptor


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 10) Jean-Pierre Henri. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html


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