Hank - Meaning of Hank
[ 1 syll. han(k), ha-nk ] The baby boy name Hank is pronounced as HHaeNGK †. Hank is of Germanic and Hebrew origin. It is used mainly in English. The name first developed as a short form of Hankin (Middle English). Hankin was a diminutive of Han (Middle English), a medieval contraction of Jehan (Old French), the form of the name John that was introduced by the Normans into England. Since the 17th century, Hank has more often been taken as a diminutive of Henry especially in North America, possibly due to the Dutch diminutive Henk.
Hank is a diminutive of Henry (English).
Hank is also a diminutive (English) of John (English and Hebrew).
The origin and meaning of Hank is inherited by all variant forms.
Hank is rather popular as a baby boy name, and it is also perceived as trendy. The name's popularity has been growing since the 2000s. Its usage peaked modestly in 2017 with 0.035% of baby boys being named Hank. It had a ranking of #450 then. In 2018, it ranked at #457 with a usage of 0.034%. Among the family of boy names directly related to Hank, Henry was the most popular. It was more widely used than Hank by 16 times in 2018.
† Pronunciation for Hank: HH as in "he (HH.IY)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; NG as in "sing (S.IH.NG)" ; K as in "key (K.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Hank:
Actor Hank Azaria, born 25 April 1964, Forest Hills, New York.
Author Henry (Hank) Charles Bukowski, born Heinrich Karl Bukowski 16 August 1920 - 9 March 1994, Andernach, Germany.
Baseball Player Henry (Hank) Aaron, born 5 February 1934, Mobile, Alabama.
Cartoonist Hank Ketcham, born Henry King Ketcham 14 March 1920 - 1 June 2001, Seattle, Washington.