Origin of hen
- Middle English from Old English kan- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English henne, heonne, hinne, from earlier henene, heonenen, henen, from Old English heonan, hionan, heonane, heonone (“hence, from here, away, from how"), from Proto-Germanic *hina, *hinanÅ (“from here"), from Proto-Indo-European *á¸±e-, *á¸±ey- (“this, here"). Cognate with Dutch heen (“away"), German hin (“hence, from here"), Danish hen (“away, further, on"). See also hence.
- From hen (“hence, away"), or a variant of hench.