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Language(s) Old High German
Derivation haim + rich
Meaning "ruler of the home"

Haimirich is an Old High German given name from which many modern names derive. Among them are names like Henry, Henri, Heinrich, Enrico, Enrique and their female counterparts. This name means 'ruler of the Home', from 'haim' (home) and 'rich' (powerful).

Some forms and alternates of this name:

  • Catalan: Enric, Enriqueta (female name), Aimerich (surname)
  • Croatian: Emerik
  • Czech (Bohemian): Jindřich, Jindřiška (female name)
  • Dutch: Hendrik, Henrick, Henk (diminutive), Hennie (female diminutive)
  • English: Hank, Henry, Harry, Henrie, Henrye, Hendrick, Henrietta (female name), Emeric
  • Finnish: Henri, Henrik, Heikki
  • French: Henri, Aymeric, Émeric, Aymerie, Émery, Henriette (female name)
  • German: Heinrich, Hinrich, Heine, Henriette (female name), Emmerich
  • Greek: Ερρίκος (Erríkos), Έρικα (Érika) (female name)
  • Hungarian: Imre, Henrik (two different names today)
  • Italian: Enrico, Enzo, Amerigo, Arrigo, Emerico; Enrica, Enrichetta (female names),
  • Irish Gaelic: Anraoi, Anraí, Einrí
  • Latin: Henricus, Emericus
  • Polish: Henryk, Henryka (female name), Hainrich, Hendrych, Henio (diminutive)
  • Portuguese: Henrique, Henriques, Henriqueta (female name)
  • Scandinavian: Henrik, Henning, Henrietta (female name)
  • Scottish Gaelic: Eanraig
  • Slovak: Imrich
  • Spanish: Enrique, Enriqueta (female name)
  • Turkish: Emre

The Americas derive from this name, via Haimirich > Emericus > Americus > America. America is named in honor of either Amerigo Vespucci (who referred to himself in writing as Americus Vespucius), who was one of the first to assert that America was a newly discovered continent. Vespucci was named in honor of St. Emericus, or, in Hungarian, Szent Imre, son of the first king of Hungary, St. Stephen.

Some of the above names, on the other hand, may be from Amaliricus or its roots (Amal and Eric), especially ones like Emeric, Amerigo, and Arrigo.[1]

  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20091027092427/http://geocities.com/edgarbook/names/al/almeric.html