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

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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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Henry World Ranking

In the United States, the name Henry is the 133rd most popular surname with an estimated 169,116 people with that name. [2] However, in Canada, the name Henry is ranked the 232nd most popular surname with an estimated 17,410 people with that name. [3] And in Quebec, Canada, the name Henry is the 363rd popular surname. [4] France ranks Henry as 38th with 46,229 people. [5] Australia ranks Henry as 290th with 12,138 people. [6] New Zealand ranks Henry as 203rd with 2,743 people. [7] The United Kingdom ranks Henry as 360th with 17,384 people. [8]


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 [9]
  • David Henry, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 [9]
  • Richard Henry, who landed in Virginia in 1655 [9]
  • William Henry, who arrived in Maryland in 1659 [9]
  • Samll Henry, who landed in Virginia in 1663 [9]
  • ... (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 [9]
  • Danl Henry, who landed in Virginia in 1713 [9]
  • John Francis Henry, who landed in South Carolina in 1739 [9]
  • John Frederik Henry, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1741 [9]
  • Marian Henry, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [9]
  • ... (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 [9]
  • John Henry, aged 18, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804 [9]
  • Jean Henry, who arrived in Louisiana in 1805-1809 [9]
  • John Henry, who arrived in Virginia in 1807 [9]
  • John Henry, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808 [9]
  • ... (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 [9]
  • Adolf Henry, who landed in Arkansas in 1903 [9]
  • Mrs. Edith B Henry, (b. 1868), aged 35, American settler returning from Mevagissey, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Philadelphia" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 10th October 1903 en route to New York, USA [10]
  • Mr. John Henry, (b. 1875), aged 28, Cornish clerk travelling aboard the ship "Philadelphia" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 19th September 1903 en route to New York, USA [10]

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 [11]
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 [12]
  • 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 [12]
  • 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 [12]
  • Jean Henry, son of Mathurin and Geneviève, who married Marguerite Poulin, daughter of Claude and Marguerite, in Saint-Joachim, Quebec on 21st November 1746 [12]
  • Hugh Henry, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
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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
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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 18th Century
  • Mr. Henry Ashfield, English convict who was convicted in Surrey, England for life, transported aboard the "Barwell" in September 1797, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [13]
  • Mr. Henry Coleman, (b. 1770), aged 27, English farmer who was convicted in Leicester, Leicestershire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Barwell" in September 1797, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1841 [13]
  • Mr. Henry Levy, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Barwell" in September 1797, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [13]
  • Mr. Henry Marsh, English convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Barwell" in September 1797, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [13]
Henry Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Henry, (b. 1778), aged 22, English farmer who was convicted in Kent, England for 7 years for burglary, transported aboard the "Earl Cornwallis" in August 1800, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1862 [14]
  • Mr. Henry Chapman, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [15]
  • Mr. Henry Clements, English convict who was convicted in London, England for life, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [15]
  • Mr. Henry Moore, English convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [15]
  • Mr. Henry Neale, English convict who was convicted in Suffolk, England for life, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [15]
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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 [16]
  • 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 [16]
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West Indies Henry migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [17]
Henry Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century
  • Guillaume Henry, aged 17, who arrived in Cuba in 1785 [9]

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!"
  • John Raymond Henry (1943-2022), American sculptor, known for his huge welded steel works
  • Samuel William "Sam" Henry (1956-2022), American drummer, best known for his work with the punk rock group The Wipers, inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame in 2011
  • Martha Henry CC OOnt (1938-2021), née Buhs, American-born Canadian stage, film, and television actress, best known for her work at the Stratford Festival in Canada
  • Gloria Henry (1923-2021), born Gloria Eileen McEniry, an American actress, best known for her role as Alice Mitchell, Dennis’s mother, from 1959 to 1963 on the CBS family sitcom Dennis the Menace
  • 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
  • ... (Another 26 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 [18]
  • 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 [18]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mrs. Catherine Henry, American 3rd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and survived the sinking [19]
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 [20]
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 [21]


Suggested Readings for the name Henry +

  • 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.

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  11. ^ 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/
  12. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  13. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 29th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barwell
  14. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 13th August 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-cornwallis
  15. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/baring
  16. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  17. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  18. ^ 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
  19. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  20. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  21. ^ 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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