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About the Henry surname

Henry Name Meaning

English and French: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements haim, heim ‘home’ + ric ‘power’, ‘ruler’, introduced to England by the Normans in the form Henri. During the Middle Ages this name became enormously popular in England and was borne by eight kings. Continental forms of the personal name were equally popular throughout Europe (German Heinrich, French Henri, Italian Enrico and Arrigo, Czech Jindrich, etc.).

As an American family name, the English form Henry has absorbed patronymics and many other derivatives of this ancient name in continental European languages. (For forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988.) In the period in which the majority of English surnames were formed, a common English vernacular form of the name was Harry, hence the surnames Harris (southern) and Harrison (northern). Official documents of the period normally used the Latinized form Henricus.

In medieval times, English Henry absorbed an originally distinct Old English personal name that had hagan ‘hawthorn’. Compare Hain as its first element, and there has also been confusion with Amery.

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hInnéirghe ‘descendant of Innéirghe’, a byname based on éirghe ‘arising’. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Éinrí or Mac Einri, patronymics from the personal names Éinrí, Einri, Irish forms of Henry. It is also found as a variant of McEnery.

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Dr. Richard Kirkpatrick Henry was the father of Dr. Arnold Kirkpatrick Henry, the father of Dr. John Richard Kirkpatrick Henry, father of my husband, Michael Kirkpatrick Henry.

Richard Kirkpatrick Henry died on November 30, 1886, in Dublin, Ireland. He was married to Annie Louisa (nee surname unknown) Henry. Their son, Arnold, was born between January and March, 1886.

Richard's ancestors through the Kirkpatrick line date all the way back to Yvonne Kirkpatrick in 1141. I have a photograph of the Kirkpatrick family tree, starting with Yvonne and ending with Sir Charles Sharpe Kirkpatrick around the 1800's. I don't have the continuation of the tree branch that would end up in Ireland and connect to Richard Kirkpatrick Henry.