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Quick Facts on Hank

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 626
Simple meaning:
John or Henry

Characteristics of Hank

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Hank

Most people know that Hank is short for Henry or Harry but it actually started out as a medieval diminutive of John. Hank essentially developed from Hankin where by “Han” was short for Johan (a German and Scandinavian form of John) and “-kin” was a Middle English diminutive suffix. So Hankin was basically a pet form meaning “little John”. It eventually got truncated to just “Hank” in England. Separately, the Dutch brought “Henk” to the New World colonies in the 17th century; Henk being a diminutive of Hendrick (Dutch equivalent of Henry). This is how Hank developed as a short-form for Henry in the United States. For the most part Hank has been widely used as a nickname but hasn’t seen much success as an independently given name.

Popularity of the Name Hank

Hank first appeared on the American male naming charts in 1946, rose to levels of so-so moderation in the mid 1960s and then retreated into obscurity in the 80s and 90s. Hank took a hiatus for a while as he completely disappeared from the Top 1000 list for 20 years (1989-2009). This name only recently returned to the charts in 2010 and has jumped into position #692 in 2011. Obviously something influenced this sudden return to the charts for Hank, and it’s probably the popular series “Royal Pains” on the USA Network featuring a likable character named Dr. Hank Lawson. This Hamptons doctor gives Hank some much need white-collar (or should we say “white-coat”) pride to counter-balance the redneck-hillbilly association many people have with Hank (such as the character Hank Hill from “King of the Hill”). Country music lovers think of the three generations of Hank Williams who have been entertaining audiences for over 70 years. Still we think Hank is better left as a nickname rather than a legally given first name.
Popularity of the Boy Name Hank
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Hank

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Hank

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Hank

    Hank Rearden (Atlas Shrugged) Hank Rearden is the male protagonist of Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel of individualism and objectivism, Atlas Shrugged. Hank is an impossibly good, self-made man. He is innovative and risk-taking, strong and independent. He is the antithesis of the sorry creatures who expect to live off of the labor and earnings of the creators in society, a group who are subsidized by a proletarian government. Somehow, Hank is surrounded by such people, as represented by his wife, his mother and his younger brother. Only when he meets Dagny Taggart and, finally, John Galt, does he come to find the soul’s kinship that only such exalted beings may enjoy. In spite of all this, Hank truly is likeable. His devotion to the honest pride he finds in his labors, as well as his struggle to reconcile his obligations with his conscience, make him very appealing and somehow comfortable to us. He is one of us (whether or not Ms. Rand intended him to be).

  • Popular Songs on Hank

    Popular Songs on Hank

    Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way - a song by Waylon Jennings

    Ballad of Hank Williams - a song by Hank Williams, Jr.

    From Hank to Hendrix - a song by Neil Young

    Hank And Joe and Me - a song by Johnny Cash

    Hank Don't Fail Me Now - a song by Keith Urban

    Hank Williams Said It Best - a song by Guy Clark

    Hank Williams' Guitar - a song by Freddie Hart

    Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life - a song by Moe Bandy

    Has Anybody Here Seen Hank - a song by The Waterboys

    Here's To Hank - a song by Stonewall Jackson

    I Feel Like Hank Williams Tonight - a song by Jerry Jeff Walker

    If You Don't Like Hank Williams (Kiss My Ass) - Kris Kristofferson

    Me & Hank & Jumpin' Jack Flash - a song by Stuart Marty

    Mission from Hank - a song by Aaron Tippin

    Straw Hat and Old Dirty Hank - a song by Barenaked Ladies

    Talking to Hank - a song by Mark Chesnutt

    The Blues Man - a song by Alan Jackson

    The Ghost of Hank Williams - a song by David Allen Coe

    The Great Hank - a song by Robert Earl Keen

    The Night Hank Williams Came to Town - a song by Johnny Cash

    There's A Little Bit of Hank in Me - a song by Charley Pride

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Hank

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Hank

    Hammerin' Hank: The Life of Hank Greenberg (Yona Zeldis McDonough) - Meet one of America’s earliest Jewish-American heroes. The 1930s were a time when “outsiders” were not welcome in Major League Baseball. Henry Benjamin Greenberg began as one of those outsiders, but went on to become one of baseball’s greatest right-handed batters. Hammerin’ Hank dominated baseball from 1933 to 1948 and was eventually inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. But Hank Greenberg was more than an amazing athlete. While Jews had been playing baseball since the 1800s, Hammerin’ Hank was baseball’s first Jewish superstar. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Hank (Ron Ovadia) - HANK (Or How We Tried To Get Rid Of Our Ants) is a story about a family that tries to solve its ant problem by getting an anteater, only to find that their problems have just begun. As we discover, Hank eats a lot more than just ants! Written in fun rhyming verse and brought to life with enchanting illustrations, Hank captures the peculiar (if exaggerated) eating habits of this odd little creature and shows how one bright idea can save the day-and save Hank from being sent back to the wild. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Hank Aaron: Brave in Every Way (Peter Golenbock) - On April 8, 1974, America watched as Hank Aaron stepped up to the plate and hit home run number 715! With that hit, he surpassed Babe Ruth's legendary baseball record and realized a lifelong dream. Before blacks were allowed in the major leagues, Hank was determined to play. This is the story of how Hank Aaron became a great ballplayer and an inspiration to us all. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Hank Finds Inspiration (Craig Frazier) - WHAT IS INSPIRATION? AND WHERE IS IT HIDING? Stanley is in desperate need of some inspiration. And what better place to find it than the big city? It doesn’t take his pal Hank the Snake long to decide that maybe he, too, could use some inspiration. But where does inspiration hide? No two people have the same answer. Finally, in an art gallery, inspiration finds Hank when he falls in love with a sculpture…only to learn it’s already been sold. As Hank returns to his home and his friend Stanley, both have a pleasant surprise and discover what a good source of inspiration good friends can be. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Hank Greenberg: Hall-of-Fame Slugger (Ira Berkow) - "New York Times" writer Ira Berkow presents a compelling account of the life and career of Hank Greenberg, the first Jewish ballplayer to be elected to the "National Baseball Hall of Fame. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Hank Zipzer Series (Henry Winkler) - Read all about everyone’s favorite fourth-grader Hank Zipzer in this bestselling series co-written by Henry Winkler! This boxed set features #1 Niagara Falls, Or Does It?; #2 I Got a "D" in Salami; #3 Day of the Iguana; and #4 The Zippity Zinger. For Hank, fourth grade does not start out on the right foot. First of all, he gets called to the principal's office on the very first day of school. Then the first assignment his teacher gives him is to write five paragraphs on "What You Did This Summer." Hank is terrified-writing one good sentence is hard for him, so how in the world is he going to write five whole paragraphs? Hank comes up with a plan: instead of writing what he did on vacation, he'll show what he did. But when Hank's "living essay" becomes a living disaster, he finds himself in detention. Strangely enough, however, detention ends up becoming a turning point in his life. Recommended for ages 7-11.

    Railroad Hank (Lisa Moser) - Railroad Hank is headed up the mountain in his fine little train to see Granny Bett. She's feeling kind of blue. Along the way, he stops to talk to Missy May, Country Carl, Cinnamon Cobbler, and Reel-'Em-In Sam. Each friend offers up something to cheer Granny Bett, but Hank has bigger ideas. By the time he reaches the mountaintop, his train is bursting with crazy cargo! And Granny Bett has a great idea for what to do with it all. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog (John R. Erickson) - First book in the “Hank the Cowdog” series. Hank has been accused of murder! In a fit of despair, Hank resigns his position as Head of Ranch Security and decides to join the outlaw coyotes. There he's known as Hunk (that's Hank in coyote language). Hank meets Missy Coyote, sister to Scraunch -- the meanest, roughest, toughest, most notorious coyote in the whole country. If Scraunch found Hank with his sister…Well, look out for trouble. Recommended for ages 9-13.

  • Famous People Named Hank

    Famous People Named Hank

    Famous People Named Hank - Henry "Hank" Aaron (baseball player); Henry "Hank" Azaria (actor); Henry "Hank" Baskett (baseball player); Hank Blalock (baseball player); Garland "Hank" Cochran (country music singer/songwriter); Henry "Hank" Greenberg (baseball player); Henry "Hank" Jones (jazz musician); Clarence "Hank" Snow (country musician); Henry "Hank" Stram (football coach); Hiram "Hank" Williams, Sr. (country musician); Randall “Hank” Williams, Jr. (country musician); Shelton "Hank" Williams III (country musician)

  • Children of Famous People Named Hank

    Children of Famous People Named Hank

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Hank - Kendra Wilkinson (Playboy Playmate/reality TV); Hank Baskett (football player)

Personality of the Boy Name Hank

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Hank

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