Henry History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Henry family

The surname Henry 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 Henry family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Henry 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 Henry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Henry Spelling Variations

Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origins of the Henry family name include O'Henry, Fitzhenry, MacHenry, MacEnery, MacEniry and others.

Early Notables of the Henry 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...
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United States Henry migration to the United States +

Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Henry to North America:

Henry Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Andrew Henry, who arrived in Virginia in 1651 [2]
  • David Henry, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 [2]
  • Richard Henry, who landed in Virginia in 1655 [2]
  • William Henry, who arrived in Maryland in 1659 [2]
  • Samll Henry, who landed in Virginia in 1663 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Henry Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Henry, who landed in Virginia in 1704 [2]
  • Danl Henry, who landed in Virginia in 1713 [2]
  • John Francis Henry, who landed in South Carolina in 1739 [2]
  • John Frederik Henry, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1741 [2]
  • Marian Henry, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Henry Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Henry, who landed in New York in 1803 [2]
  • John Henry, aged 18, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804 [2]
  • Jean Henry, who arrived in Louisiana in 1805-1809 [2]
  • John Henry, who arrived in Virginia in 1807 [2]
  • John Henry, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Henry Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • David George Henry, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1900 [2]
  • Adolf Henry, who landed in Arkansas in 1903 [2]

Canada Henry migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Henry Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Edmond Henry, who arrived in Canada in 1662
  • Mr. Edmé Henry, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 1st May 1662 [3]
Henry Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Vincent Henry, son of Vincent and Marie, who married Marie-Suzanne Mouflet, daughter of Jea nand Anne, in Montreal, Quebec on 25th February 1710 [4]
  • Louis Henry, son of Marin and Jeanne, who married Marie-Josephte Germain, daughter of Jean and Catherine, in Sainte-Geneviève, Quebec on 21st February 1735 [4]
  • Pierre Henry, son of Robert and Marie-Madeleine, who married Marguerite Brasseaux, daughter of Mathieu and Jeanne, in Grand-Pré, Nova Scotia on 2nd May 1736 [4]
  • Jean Henry, son of Mathurin and Geneviève, who married Marguerite Poulin, daughter of Claude and Marguerite, in Saint-Joachim, Quebec on 21st November 1746 [4]
  • Hugh Henry, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Henry Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Job Henry, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • James Henry, aged 36, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Betsy Heron" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Margaret Henry, aged 25, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Betsy Heron" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Patrick Henry, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Matthew Henry, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Henry migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Henry Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Henry, a spinner, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mr. William Henry Bryant, (b. 1820), aged 14, English Ocksmith Boy who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years for stealing a cap, transported aboard the "Henry Tanner" on 27th June 1834, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mr. Charles Henry Driver, British convict who was convicted in Nottinghamshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Henry Tanner" on 27th June 1834, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Emily Henry, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838 [6]
  • John William Henry, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Henry migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Henry Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr Henry, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841
  • Thomas Henry, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843
  • Miss Mary Henry, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Martaban" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th October 1856 [7]
  • R.W. Henry, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • Mrs. Ann Henry, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Egmont" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th June 1858 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Henry (post 1700) +

  • William A. Henry III (1950-1994), award-winning American cultural critic and author awarded the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism
  • Patrick Henry (1736-1799), Famous for saying "Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death!"
  • Buck Henry (1930-2020), born Henry Zuckerman, an American two-time Academy Award nominated actor, screenwriter, and director, best known for The Graduate (1967) and Heaven Can Wait (1978)
  • Charles Mitchell Henry (1992-2017), American NFL football tight end who died from acute myeloid leukemia at the age of 24
  • Douglas Henry (1926-2017), American politician, Member of the Tennessee Senate from the 21st district (1971-2014)
  • William Mellors "Bill" Henry (1890-1970), American writer and reporter, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Charles H. Henry (1937-2016), American physicist, Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Gloria Henry (1923-1959), born Gloria McEniry, an American actress, best known for her role as "Alice Mitchell", Dennis’s mother in the CBS family sitcom, Dennis the Menace (1959-1963) [8]
  • Major-General Stephen Garrett Henry (1894-1973), American Assistant Chief of Staff (G1) US Army (1944-1945) [9]
  • Major-General Guy Vernor Henry (1875-1967), American Chairman of Military Co-operation Commission Canada-US (1946-1947) [10]
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)
  • Dora Henrietta Henry (1932-1988), Scottish resident of Lockerbie from Scotland, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [11]
  • Maurice Peter Henry (1925-1988), Scottish resident of Lockerbie from Scotland, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [11]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mrs. Catherine Henry, American 3rd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [12]
RMS Titanic
  • Miss Bridget Delia Henry (d. 1912), aged 23, Irish Third Class passenger from Clonown, Roscommon who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [13]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. John W. Henry, American Ensign working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [14]


Suggested Readings for the name Henry +

  • 136 The Fran‡ois Henry Family by Barbara P. Quealy, A Genealogical and Biographical History of the Field Family of Massachusetts and Vermont and the French-Henry Families of Virginia and Texas: A Union of North and South by Charles Kellogg Field III.

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
  4. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/henry-tanner
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Canton.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Gloria Henry. (Retrieved 2015, March 27) Gloria Henry. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloria_Henry
  9. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 12) Stephen Henry. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Henry/Stephen_Garrett/USA.html
  10. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 12) Guy Henry. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Henry/Guy_Vernor/USA.html
  11. ^ Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | syracuse.com. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/pan_am_flight_103s_victims_a_list_of_those_killed_25_years_ago.html
  12. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  13. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  14. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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