First name origin & meaning:
Old English: High meadows
First name variations: Henlee, Henlie, Henlea, Henleigh, Henli, Henly
Last name origins & meanings:
- English: habitational name from any of the various places so
called. Most, for example those in Oxfordshire, Suffolk, and
Warwickshire, are named with Old English héan (the weak
dative case of hēah ‘high’, originally used after a
preposition and article) + Old English lēah ‘wood’,
‘clearing’. Others, for example one near Ludlow in Shropshire, have as
their first element Old English henn ‘hen’, ‘wild bird’. Others
still, for example those in Somerset and Surrey, are ambiguous between
the two possibilities.
- In Ireland, Henley is used for
Hennelly, and sometimes for Hanley.
an Americanized spelling of German Henle.
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