Is Henry becoming too popular?

This is one of my top names for my son due this [name]November[/name] and it’s my dh’s absolute #1 pick. I’m afraid though that it’s booming in popularity. What do you think? Also, what do you think of the nickname “[name]Hank[/name]?”

[name]Henry[/name] has been gaining popularity over the last ten years, but I wouldn’t say it’s headed for booming popularity. It only moved up seven spots last year, which isn’t really that much in the big picture of naming. [name]Henry[/name] is a great, classic name. If your looking for something that’s uncommon or rare, [name]Henry[/name]'s not it, but if you want a name that’s well-known, familiar and in the top 100, [name]Henry[/name] is a great choice. [name]Hank[/name] is an adorable nickname that can definitely distinguish the name as well. Good luck!

I really dislike the nn [name]HAnk[/name]. I like [name]Henry[/name] but so do a lot of people which is why every 3rd boy i meet is a [name]Henry[/name].

Ironically I like both your answers and believe they’re both correct. Except for [name]Hank[/name], I like [name]Hank[/name]! But thanks for the input. I don’t think [name]Henry[/name] will ever become a future top 10, but who knows? I’m surprised that [name]James[/name] and [name]William[/name] are still top tens as I have yet to meet any young ones with either of those names.

I really like the name [name]Henry[/name], I’ve never met one. lol. I’m not feeling the name [name]Hank[/name] at all. lol. = )

The two Henrys I know (both nn [name]Hank[/name]) are 15 and 54. I have yet to meet a little [name]Henry[/name] so I don’t think it’s too popular, or at least not in my area. I think [name]Henry[/name] would make a strong, handsome choice. I’m not sure how I feel about the nn [name]Hank[/name]. It’s hard for me to see it on a baby, but I think he could grow into it.

I feel like [name]Henry[/name] is very popular in certain demographics. It depends on where you live and your social circle.

My son is [name]Henry[/name], I love the name!
It is becoming more popular but I dont think it will be too common for it to be a problem.
As for nicknames a few people have called him [name]Harry[/name] or Henners. Hanks not really my thing.

depends on where you live. in [name]Brooklyn[/name] and Manhattan it’s wildly popular. I know three born in the last 6 months, which is why I took it off of my list…

[name]True[/name]. I do think demographics play a large role in the name game. I live out west, think rural, wild west, not [name]California[/name], and have yet to meet any Henrys. Plus, everyone I’ve mentioned my name choices to don’t seem too crazy about them. ([name]Peter[/name], [name]Henry[/name], [name]Ewan[/name])

I havnt read anyone elses responses, so sorry if Im not in the loop… but I just wanted to say, that I think because celebrities like [name]Kendra[/name] [name]Wilkinson[/name], [name]Minnie[/name] Driver & [name]Julia[/name] [name]Roberts[/name] have named there sons [name]Henry[/name] in the past couple of years, its definately rising on the list… but I dont think a name like [name]Henry[/name] will ever be the kind of name where 2-3, or more children will have it in the same age-range (i.e if you name your son [name]Henry[/name] he wont have 3 other Henrys in his class whereas boys like [name]Hayden[/name], [name]Jayden[/name], [name]Logan[/name], [name]Hudson[/name], [name]Avery[/name] may…)
Its one of those names that will ALWAYS be a classic and every once in awhile will spike in popularity but will never be the #1 name,

Beautiful name by the way!!!

PS- I have never met anyone under the age of 25 with the name [name]Henry[/name]… the closest would be [name]Harrison[/name], and he was 7.

I think it is. Many celebrities are using it, and I see it in the birth announcements a lot. I never really got the appeal of it. I always think of [name]Henry[/name] VIII, one of [name]England[/name]'s worst rulers.

Anything else to add? It’s a difficult choice for me. I like traditional names; familiar, solid but not popular (hence my 2 main choices [name]Peter[/name] or [name]Henry[/name]). [name]Peter[/name] isn’t going anywhere but backwards, but [name]Henry[/name] is gaining some steam. Anyone see it becoming top 10 material? [name]Ever[/name]? Thanks.

My [name]Henry[/name] ([name]Henry[/name] [name]Christian[/name]) was born in [name]December[/name] 2008. He is 19 months now and I have not met another [name]Henry[/name]. I have met one 6 year old [name]Hank[/name] who is a family member of a friend of ours.

Everyone always tells us that they love it and that it’s not a name they hear every day. My cousins and my husband’s cousins all chose the trendy names (unisex names, [name]Hayden[/name], [name]Brooklyn[/name], etc.) For the next baby, we also plan a classic name along the lines of [name]Hugh[/name] or [name]James[/name] for a boy and [name]Annabel[/name], [name]Jane[/name], or [name]Eliza[/name] for a girl.

I dislike the nickname [name]Hank[/name] and we are now telling family that our cat’s name is [name]Hank[/name] to avoid them coining him with that nn. My mil’s dog is [name]Harry[/name], so no one ever tried calling him that. We thought naming the cat [name]Hank[/name] might enable us the power to avoid this. We do call him Henners sometimes.

I may be biased, but I do love it and am very happy with the name. It is hard to find the personalized cups etc. at the store. I was at the zoo the other day and did find a little [name]Henry[/name] picture frame magnet that I picked up but there was nothing else in all the personalized sections. I think this is a good indicator that it’s not going to become a top 10 name.

Best of luck!

Interesting observation! Thanks for the input. [name]Do[/name] you mind if I ask what region you live in? We’re currently in the west (think frontier west) and it is definitely not a popular name here.

My grandma liked it so much she used it twice. My oldest uncle and my youngest uncle share it ([name]Henry[/name] [name]Steven[/name] and [name]Michael[/name] [name]Henry[/name]…neither go by [name]Henry[/name]). I figure she was tired of naming boys by the time she had her fourth and didn’t care anymore.

At any rate, I like the name. My husband has a co-worker named [name]Henry[/name], and he’s a really nice guy. I like it a lot better than your other choices, so if you live in a place where it isn’t overused, go for it. HATE [name]Hank[/name], though.

Editing to add that even if it gets a little too popular, it still won’t be as annoying as hearing [name]Jayden[/name] a million times. You know, like [name]Dave[/name] vs. [name]Aiden[/name]. I hear both all the time, but [name]Dave[/name] feels comfy and familiar, while [name]Aiden[/name] sounds like nails on chalkboard.

I’ve met a lot of baby [name]Henry[/name]'s the last few years, and always hear of people wanting to name their future son [name]Henry[/name]… so yes, I think it is getting very popular.

Interesting observation! Thanks for the input. [name]Do[/name] you mind if I ask what region you live in? We’re currently in the west (think frontier west) and it is definitely not a popular name here.

To reply to this, I live in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. It’s fairly middle class to affluent in my region and I’m still not hearing it a lot. I do hear a lot of [name]Jack[/name]'s, [name]William[/name]'s and [name]Daniel[/name]'s of the classic name sort, but everything else is super trendy. Met a little [name]Magnus[/name] the other week and every spelling of [name]Hayden[/name], [name]Jayden[/name], [name]Aidan[/name] you can imagine. No other [name]Henry[/name]'s though.

Another interesting thing in searching for personalized items, the only H name that I’ve seen carried for boys is [name]Hunter[/name] as I was looking. Some of the names I do remember them having in the personalized section were [name]Brady[/name], [name]Madison[/name], [name]Addison[/name], [name]Brooklyn[/name], [name]Kayla[/name], [name]Jayden[/name], [name]Anthony[/name]…but no [name]Henry[/name].

[name]Even[/name] if it is becoming more popular, I still don’t see it being a top ten, and I’m just fine with that!

I have both a [name]Henry[/name] (born 2007) and a [name]Peter[/name] (born 2009) and must say you have great taste in names, LOL! We know of one other [name]Henry[/name] (a friend of a friend) and have meet a little [name]Hank[/name] randomly. However I take huge comfort in the fact that both my husband and I [name]LOVE[/name] our sons names and ultimately their timeless classics. Best of luck on naming your son!!

[name]Way[/name] too popular!!