Heinrich Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Henry:
From the French Henri, from the German Heinrich, which is from the Old High German Haganrih (ruler of an enclosure), a compound name composed from the elements hag (an enclosure, a hedging-in) and rihhi (ruler), and from the Old High German Heimerich (home ruler), a compound name composed from the elements heim (home) and rik (ruler, king). The name, introduced by the Normans and borne by eight English kings, took the English vernacular form of Harry until the 17th century, when Henry became popular and Harry was used as the pet form.
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German form of Henry, meaning "home ruler".
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Heinrich I (Henry the Fowler), first German king
Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben, wrote the German national anthem ("Das Lied der Deutschen")
Heinrich Heine, German poet
Heinrich Böll, German writer and Nobel Prize winner
Heinrich Hertz, German physicist
Heinrich Hoffmann, German psychiatrist
Heinrich Schliemann, German archeologist who discovered Troy
Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, German violin virtuoso considered to be Paganini's successor
Heinrich Himmler, Reichsführer SS
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Heinrich Faust, subject of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's play "Faust"