Names Starting with H

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HAYDENm & fEnglish
From an English surname which was derived from place names meaning either "hay valley" or "hay hill", derived from Old English heg "hay" and denu "valley" or dun "hill".
HAYDERmArabic
Variant transcription of HAIDAR.
HAYDNmEnglish (British)
From a German surname meaning "heathen". It is used in honour of the Austrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809).
HAYFAfArabic
Means "slender" in Arabic.
HAYIMmHebrew
Variant transcription of CHAYYIM.
HAYKmArmenian
Probably from the Armenian word հայ (hay) meaning "Armenian", although some hold that the ethnic name is in fact derived from the given name. This was the name of the legendary forefather of the Armenian people, supposedly a great-great-grandson of Noah.
HAYLEYfEnglish (Modern)
From a surname which was originally derived from the name of an English town (meaning "hay clearing" from Old English heg "hay" and leah "clearing"). It was popularized by the British child actress Hayley Mills (1946-), though the name did not become common until over a decade after she first became famous.
HAYRİmTurkish
Means "useful man" in Turkish.
HAYTHAMmArabic
Means "young eagle" in Arabic.
HA-YUNfKorean
From Sino-Korean (ha) meaning "summer, name" combined with (yun) meaning "sunlight". Other hanja character combinations are possible.
HAYWOODmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "fenced wood" in Old English.
HAYYIMmHebrew
Variant transcription of CHAYYIM.
HAZAELmBiblical
Means "God sees" in Hebrew. This is the name of a king of Aram in the Old Testament.
HAZANfTurkish
Means "autumn" in Turkish.
HAZEfEnglish (Rare)
Short form of HAZEL.
HAZELfEnglish
From the English word hazel for the tree or the light brown colour, derived ultimately from Old English hæsel. It was coined as a given name in the 19th century.
HEf & mChinese
From Chinese () meaning "river, stream", () meaning "harmony, peace", or () meaning "lotus, water lily" (which is usually only feminine). Other characters can form this name as well. A famous bearer was the 15th-century explorer Zheng He.
HEARDmAnglo-Saxon
Short form of various Old English names containing the element heard meaning "brave, hardy".
HEATHmEnglish
From an English surname which denoted one who lived on a heath. It was popularized as a given name by the character Heath Barkley from the 1960s television series 'The Big Valley'.
HEATHERfEnglish
From the English word heather for the variety of small shrubs with pink or white flowers which commonly grow in rocky areas. It is derived from Middle English hather. It was first used as a given name in the late 19th century, though it did not become popular until the last half of the 20th century.
HEAVENfEnglish (Modern)
From the English vocabulary word meaning "paradise".
HEBEfGreek Mythology
Derived from Greek ‘ηβη (hebe) meaning "youth". In Greek mythology Hebe was the daughter of Zeus and Hera. She was a goddess of youth who acted as the cupbearer to the gods.
HEBELmHebrew
Variant transcription of HEVEL.
HEBER (1)mIrish
Anglicized form of ÉIBHEAR.
HEBER (2)mBiblical
Means "enclave" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this name is borne by a great-grandson of Jacob and also by the husband of Jael.
HECATEfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek ‘Εκατη (Hekate), possibly derived from ‘εκας (hekas) meaning "far off". In Greek mythology Hecate was a goddess associated with witchcraft, crossroads, tombs, demons and the underworld.
HECKmScottish
Scottish short form of HECTOR.
HECKIEmScottish
Scottish diminutive of HECTOR.
HÉCTORmSpanish
Spanish form of HECTOR.
HÈCTORmCatalan
Catalan form of HECTOR.
HECTORmEnglish, French, Greek Mythology (Latinized), Arthurian Romance
Latinized form of Greek ‘Εκτωρ (Hektor), which was derived from ‘εκτωρ (hektor) "holding fast", ultimately from εχω (echo) meaning "to hold, to possess". In Greek legend Hector was one of the Trojan champions who fought against the Greeks. After he killed Achilles' friend Patroclus in battle, he was himself brutally slain by Achilles, who proceeded to tie his dead body to a chariot and drag it about. This name also appears in Arthurian legends belonging to King Arthur's foster father.... [more]
HECUBAfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek ‘Εκαβη (Hekabe), which is of uncertain meaning. In Greek mythology this is the name of the wife of Priam of Troy.
HEDm & fHebrew
Means "echo" in Hebrew.
HEDDAfNorwegian, Swedish
Diminutive of HEDVIG. This is the name of the heroine of the play 'Hedda Gabler' (1890) by the Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen.
HEDDWYNmWelsh
Derived from the Welsh elements hedd "peace" and gwyn "white, fair, blessed".
HEDIİYEfTurkish
Turkish form of HADIYYA.
HEDLEYmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "heather clearing" in Old English.
HEDVIGfSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, Hungarian
Scandinavian and Hungarian form of HEDWIG.
HEDVIGAfSlovak
Slovak form of HEDWIG.
HEDVIKAfCzech, Slovene
Czech and Slovene form of HEDWIG.
HEDWIGfGerman
From the Germanic name Hadewig, derived from the Germanic elements hadu "battle, combat" and wig "war". This was the name of a 13th-century German saint, the wife of the Polish duke Henry the Bearded. It was subsequently borne by a 14th-century Polish queen (usually known by her Polish name Jadwiga) who is now also regarded as a saint.
HEDYfGerman, Dutch
Diminutive of HEDWIG and other Germanic names beginning with the element hadu meaning "battle, combat".
HEFINmWelsh
Means "summer" in Welsh.
HEFINAfWelsh
Feminine form of HEFIN.
HEGEfNorwegian, Danish
Diminutive of HELGA.
HEIDAfGerman
German diminutive of ADELHEID.
HEIDIfGerman, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, English
German diminutive of ADELHEID. This is the name of the title character in the children's novel 'Heidi' (1880) by Johanna Spyri. The name began to be used in the English-speaking world shortly after the 1937 release of the movie adaptation, which starred Shirley Temple.
HEIDRICHmAncient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements heid "kind, sort, type" and ric "power, ruler".
HEIDRUNfNorse Mythology, German
Derived from Old Norse heiðr meaning "bright, clear" and rún meaning "secret". In Norse mythology this was the name of a goat that would eat the leaves from the tree of life and produce mead in her udder.
HEIKEf & mLow German, Frisian, Dutch
Low German diminutive of HENRIKE or HEINRICH.
HEIKKImFinnish
Finnish form of HENRY.
HEIKOmLow German, Frisian, Dutch
Low German diminutive of HEINRICH.
HEILWIGfGerman (Rare)
Derived from the Germanic elements heil "happy, hearty, healthy" and wig "war".
HEILYNmWelsh
Means "winebearer" in Welsh.
HEIMIRmNorse Mythology, Icelandic
Norse cognate of HAMA. In the 'Volsungasaga' he is a king of Hlymdalir.
HEIMIRICHmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of HENRY.
HEINmDutch
Diminutive of HENDRIK.
HEINERmGerman
Diminutive of HEINRICH.
HEINOmGerman, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Estonian
German form of Haimo (see HAMO).
HEINRICHmGerman, Ancient Germanic
German form of HENRY. This was the name of several German kings.
HEINTJEfDutch
Feminine diminutive of HENDRIK.
HEINZmGerman
Diminutive of HEINRICH.
HEIRANIfTahitian
From Tahitian hei "crown, garland" and rani "heaven, sky".
HEIÐRÚNfNorse Mythology, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of HEIDRUN.
HEITIAREfTahitian
From Tahitian hei "crown, garland" and tiare "flower".
HEITORmPortuguese
Portuguese form of HECTOR.
HELfNorse Mythology
In Norse mythology this was the name of the daughter of Loki. She got her name from the underworld, also called Hel, where she ruled, which meant "to conceal, to cover" in Old Norse (related to the English word hell).
HELAHfBiblical
Means "rust" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this name is mentioned as one of the wives of Asher.
HÉLDERmPortuguese
Meaning uncertain. It was borne by the Brazilian archbishop Dom Hélder Câmara (1909-1999) who was noted for his charity. It could be from the name of the Dutch town of Den Helder (possibly meaning "hell's door" in Dutch). Alternatively, it might be derived from the Germanic given name HULDERIC.
HELEDDfWelsh
Meaning unknown. This was the name of a semi-legendary 7th-century Welsh princess.
HELEENfDutch
Dutch variant of HELEN.
HELEENAfFinnish
Finnish variant of HELENA.
HELEENTJEfDutch
Dutch diminutive of HELEN.
HELENfEnglish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Greek Mythology (Anglicized)
English form of the Greek ‘Ελενη (Helene), probably from Greek ‘ελενη (helene) "torch" or "corposant", or possibly related to σεληνη (selene) "moon". In Greek mythology Helen was the daughter of Zeus and Leda, whose kidnapping by Paris was the cause of the Trojan War. The name was also borne by the 4th-century Saint Helena, mother of the Roman emperor Constantine, who supposedly found the True Cross during a trip to Jerusalem.... [more]
HELÉNAfHungarian
Hungarian form of HELEN.
HELĒNAfLatvian
Latvian form of HELEN.
HÉLÈNEfFrench
French form of HELEN.
HELENEfSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Ancient Greek, Greek Mythology
Ancient Greek form of HELEN, as well as the modern Scandinavian and German form.
HELEWIDISfAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ELOISE.
HELGEmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, German
From the Old Norse name Helgi, derived from heilagr meaning "holy, blessed".
HELGImAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of HELGE.
HELI (1)mBiblical, Biblical Latin
Latin form of ELI (1) used in the Old and New Testament. This form of the name is used in most English versions of the New Testament to refer to the father of Joseph (husband of Mary) in the genealogy in the Gospel of Luke.
HELI (2)fFinnish
Diminutive of HELENA.
HELIASmBiblical Latin
Latin form of ELIJAH used in some versions of the Vulgate.
HELIODOROmSpanish, Portuguese
From the Greek name ‘Ηλιοδωρος (Heliodoros), derived from the elements ‘ηλιος (helios) "sun" and δωρον (doron) "gift". Saint Heliodoro was a 4th-century bishop of Altino.
HELIOSmGreek Mythology
Means "sun" in Greek. This was the name of the young Greek sun god, who rode across the sky each day in a chariot pulled by four horses.
HELKAfFinnish
Finnish form of HELGA.
HELLÄfFinnish
Means "gentle, tender" in Finnish.
HELLADIUSmLate Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Late Greek name ‘Ελλαδιος (Helladios), which was derived from ‘Ελλαδος (Hellados) meaning "of Greece". Saint Helladius was a 7th-century archbishop of Toledo.
HELLE (1)fDanish
Danish variant of HELGA.
HELLE (2)fGreek Mythology
Meaning unknown. In Greek mythology Helle was the daughter of Athamus and Nephele. She and her brother Phrixus escaped sacrifice by fleeing on the back of a golden ram, but during their flight she fell off and drowned in the strait that connects the Aegean Sea with the Sea of Marmara, which was thereafter called the Hellespont ("the sea of Helle").
HELLENfEnglish
Variant of HELEN.
HELMAfGerman, Dutch
Short form of WILHELMINA.
HELMFRIDmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of HELMFRIED.
HELMFRIEDmGerman (Rare)
Derived from the Germanic elements helm "helmet" and frid "peace".
HELMIfFinnish, Swedish
Diminutive of VILHELMIINA or VILHELMINA. It also means "pearl" in Finnish.
HELMINEfGerman
Short form of WILHELMINE.
HELMOmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ELMO.
HELMOLDmAncient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the elements helm "helmet" and wald "rule".
HELMUTmGerman, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic element helm "helmet" or heil "healthy" combined with muot "spirit, mind".
HELMUTHmGerman
Variant of HELMUT.
HÉLOÏSEfFrench
French form of ELOISE.
HEMAfIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada
Means "golden" in Sanskrit.
HEMERAfGreek Mythology
Means "day" in Greek. This was the name of the Greek goddess who personified the daytime. According to Hesiod she was the daughter of Nyx, the personification of the night.
HEMImMaori
Maori form of JAMES.
HEMMINGmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Perhaps derived from Old Norse hamr "shape", and possibly originally a nickname for a person believed to be a shape changer.
HENAfYiddish
Yiddish form of HANNAH.
HENDAfYiddish
Yiddish form of HANNAH.
HENDELfYiddish
Yiddish diminutive of HANNAH.
HENDERSONmEnglish
From a Scottish surname meaning "son of HENRY".
HENDRIKmDutch, German, Estonian
Dutch and Estonian cognate of HENRY.
HENDRIKAfDutch
Feminine form of HENDRIK.
HENDRIKJEfDutch
Feminine form of HENDRIK.
HENDRINAfDutch
Feminine form of HENDRIK.
HENDRYmScottish
Scots variant of HENRY.
HENEfYiddish
Yiddish form of HANNAH.
HENGm & fChinese
From Chinese (héng) meaning "constant, persistent", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
HENGISTmAncient Germanic
Of Germanic origin, meaning "stallion". Hengist and his brother Horsa were the leaders of the first Germanic settlers in Britain. Hengist established a kingdom in Kent in the 5th century.
HENKmDutch
Dutch short form of HENDRIK.
HENNAfFinnish
Finnish feminine form of HENRY.
HENNIEm & fDutch
Dutch diminutive and feminine form of HENDRIK.
HENNYm & fDutch
Dutch diminutive and feminine form of HENDRIK.
HENRImFrench, Finnish
French form of HENRY.
HENRICHmSlovak
Slovak form of HENRY.
HENRIETTAfEnglish, Hungarian, Finnish, Swedish, Dutch
Latinate form of HENRIETTE. It was introduced to England by Henriette Marie, the wife of the 17th-century English king Charles I. The name Henriette was also Anglicized as Harriet, a form which was initially more popular.
HENRIËTTEfDutch
Dutch form of HENRIETTE.
HENRIETTEfFrench, German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian
French feminine diminutive of HENRY.
HENRIIKKAfFinnish
Finnish feminine form of HENRY.
HENRIKAfSwedish
Swedish feminine form of HENRY.
HENRIKASmLithuanian
Lithuanian form of HENRY.
HENRIKEfGerman, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
German and Scandinavian feminine form of HENRY.
HENRIKKImFinnish
Finnish form of HENRY.
HENRIQUEmPortuguese
Portuguese form of HENRY. This was the name of a 15th-century Portuguese naval explorer (known as Henry the Navigator in English).
HENRYmEnglish
From the Germanic name Heimirich which meant "home ruler", composed of the elements heim "home" and ric "power, ruler". It was later commonly spelled Heinrich, with the spelling altered due to the influence of other Germanic names like Haganrich, in which the first element is hagan "enclosure".... [more]
HENRYKmPolish
Polish form of HENRY.
HENRYKAfPolish
Polish feminine form of HENRY.
HENYEfYiddish
Yiddish form of HANNAH.
HEPHAESTUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek ‘Ηφαιστος (Hephaistos), meaning unknown. It probably shares its origin with the Minoan city of Φαιστος (Phaistos), which is of Pre-Greek origin. In Greek mythology Hephaestus was the god of fire and forging, the husband of the unfaithful Aphrodite. It was said that when he was born Hera, his mother, was so displeased with his physical deformities that she hurled him off the top of Mount Olympus.
HEPHZIBAHfBiblical
Means "my delight is in her" in Hebrew. She is a queen and the mother of Manasseh in the Old Testament.
HERAfGreek Mythology
Uncertain meaning, possibly from either Greek ‘ηρως (heros) "hero, warrior"; ‘ωρα (hora) "period of time"; or ‘αιρεω (haireo) "to be chosen". In Greek mythology Hera was the queen of the gods, the sister and wife of Zeus. She presided over marriage and childbirth.
HERACLEITUSmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name ‘Ηρακλειτος (Herakleitos) which meant "glory of Hera", derived from the name of the goddess HERA combined with κλειτος (kleitos) "glory". This was the name of a 6th-century BC Greek philosopher from Ephesus.
HERACLESmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of HERAKLES. However, the spelling used by the Romans was Hercules.
HERACLIOmSpanish
Spanish form of HERACLIUS.
HERACLIUSmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek personal name ‘Ηρακλειος (Herakleios) which was derived from the name of the Greek hero HERAKLES. This was the name of a 7th-century Byzantine emperor, known for his victories over the Sassanid Persian Empire. This name was also borne by two early saints.
HERAISfAncient Greek
Ancient Greek personal name which was probably derived from the name of the Greek goddess HERA.
HERAKLEIDESmAncient Greek
Means "son of Herakles" in Greek, derived from the name of the mythic hero HERAKLES combined with the patronymic suffix ιδης (ides).
HERAKLESmGreek Mythology
Means "glory of Hera" from the name of the goddess HERA combined with Greek κλεος (kleos) "glory". This was the name of a hero in Greek and Roman mythology, the son of Zeus and the mortal woman Alcmene. After being driven insane by Hera and killing his own children, Herakles completed twelve labours in order to atone for his crime and become immortal.
HERBmEnglish
Short form of HERBERT.
HERBERTmEnglish, German, Dutch, French, Swedish
Derived from the Germanic elements hari "army" and beraht "bright". The Normans introduced this name to England, where it replaced an Old English cognate Herebeorht. In the course of the Middle Ages it became rare, but it was revived in the 19th century.
HERBERTOmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of HERBERT.
HERBIEmEnglish
Diminutive of HERBERT.
HERCULEmFrench
French form of HERCULES.
HEREMOANAmTahitian
From Tahitian here "loved, dear" and moana "ocean".
HERENUIfTahitian
From Tahitian here "loved, dear" and nui "big".
HEREWARDmAnglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements here "army" and weard "guard". This was the name of an 11th-century Anglo-Saxon leader who rebelled against Norman rule.
HEREWEALDmAnglo-Saxon
Old English form of HAROLD.
HERIBERTmGerman
German form of HERBERT.
HERIBERTOmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of HERBERT.
HERKmVarious
Short form of HERCULES.
HERKUSmLithuanian
Short form of HENRIKAS.
HERLEIFmNorwegian
Modern Scandinavian form of HERLEIFR.
HERLEIFRmAncient Scandinavian
Derived from the Old Norse elements herr "army" and leifr "son, descendant".
HERLEVAfAncient Germanic
Germanic name, possibly a derivative of hari "army", era "honour", or erla "noble" (or their Old Norse cognates). This was the name of the mother of William the Conqueror, who, according to tradition, was a commoner.
HERMAGORASmAncient Greek
From the name of the messenger god HERMES combined with Greek αγορα (agora) meaning "assembly, marketplace". Saint Hermagoras (3rd century) was the first bishop of Aquileia in Italy.
HERMANmEnglish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Slovene, Ancient Germanic
Means "army man", derived from the Germanic elements hari "army" and man "man". It was introduced to England by the Normans, died out, and was revived in the English-speaking world in the 19th century. It was borne by a 18th-century Russian missionary to Alaska who is venerated as a saint in the Orthodox Church. Another famous bearer was Herman Melville (1819-1891), the author of 'Moby-Dick'.
HERMANNmGerman
German form of HERMAN.
HERMANNImFinnish
Finnish form of HERMAN.
HERMENEGILDOmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of a Visigothic name which meant "complete sacrifice" from the Germanic elements ermen "whole, entire" and gild "sacrifice, value". It was borne by a 6th-century saint, the son of Liuvigild the Visigothic king of Hispania.
HERMESmGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Probably from Greek ‘ερμα (herma) meaning "cairn, pile of stones, boundary marker". Hermes was a Greek god associated with speed and good luck, who served as a messenger to Zeus and the other gods. He was also the patron of travellers, writers, athletes, merchants, thieves and orators.... [more]
HERMIAfLiterature
Feminine form of HERMES. Shakespeare used this name in his comedy 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (1595).
HERMINEfGerman, French
Feminine form of HERMAN.
HERMÍNIAfPortuguese
Portuguese feminine form of HERMINIUS.
HERMÍNIOmPortuguese
Portuguese form of HERMINIUS.
HERMINIOmSpanish
Spanish form of HERMINIUS.
HERMINIUSmAncient Roman
Roman name which was possibly of unknown Etruscan origin, but could also be derived from the name of the god HERMES. In Roman legend this was the name of a companion of Aeneas.
HERMIONEfGreek Mythology
Derived from the name of the Greek messenger god HERMES. In Greek myth Hermione was the daughter of Menelaus and Helen. This is also the name of the wife of Leontes in Shakespeare's play 'The Winter's Tale' (1610). It is now closely associated with the character Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series of books, first released in 1997.
HERMOGENESmAncient Greek
Means "born of Hermes" from the name of the messenger god HERMES combined with Greek γενης (genes) "born".
HERMOKRATESmAncient Greek
Means "power of Hermes" from the name of the messenger god HERMES combined with Greek κρατος (kratos) "power".
HERMOLAOSmAncient Greek
Means "the people of Hermes" from the name of the messenger god HERMES combined with Greek λαος (laos) "people".
HERNÁNmSpanish
Short form of HERNANDO.
HERNANDOmSpanish
Medieval Spanish form of FERDINAND. A famous bearer of this name was Hernando Cortés (1485-1547), a Spanish conquistador.
HERO (1)fGreek Mythology
Derived from Greek ‘ηρως (heros) meaning "hero". In Greek legend she was the lover of Leander, who would swim across the Hellespont each night to meet her. He was killed on one such occasion when he got caught in a storm while in the water, and when Hero saw his dead body she drowned herself. This is also the name of a character in Shakespeare's play 'Much Ado About Nothing' (1599).
HERODmBiblical
From the Greek name ‘Ηρωιδης (Heroides), which probably means "song of the hero" from ‘ηρως (heros) "hero, warrior" combined with ωιδη (oide) "song, ode". This was the name of several rulers of Judea during the period when it was part of the Roman Empire. This includes two who appear in the New Testament: Herod the Great, the king who ordered the slaughter of the children, and his son Herod Antipas, who had John the Baptist beheaded.
HERODESmBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Latin form of HEROD, as well as the usual biblical Greek transcription of ‘Ηρωιδης: after the Classical period, the ι in the sequence ωι (often written as a subscript) was not pronounced.
HERODIASfBiblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Feminine form of HEROD. This was the name of a member of the Herodian ruling family of Judea, a sister of Herod Agrippa and the wife of Herod Antipas. She appears in the New Testament, where she contrives to have her husband Antipas imprison and execute John the Baptist.
HERODIONmBiblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Diminutive of the Greek name Heroides (see HEROD). This name is mentioned briefly in Paul's epistle to the Romans in the New Testament.
HERODOTUSmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name ‘Ηροδοτος (Herodotos), derived from the name of the goddess HERA combined with δοτος (dotos) meaning "given, granted". Herodotus was a Greek historian of the 5th century BC who wrote about Persian and the Persian Wars. He is known as the Father of History.
HEROIDESmAncient Greek
Ancient Greek form of HERODES.
HEROIDIASfAncient Greek
Ancient Greek form of HERODIAS.
HEROIDIONmAncient Greek
Ancient Greek form of HERODION.
HERONmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek ‘ηρως (heros) meaning "hero". This was the name of a 1st-century Greek inventor (also known as Hero) from Alexandria.
HERRYmMedieval English
Medieval English form of HENRY. Unlike Harry, this form is no longer used.
HERSHmYiddish
Variant transcription of HIRSH.
HERSHELmAmerican, Yiddish
Yiddish diminutive of HIRSH. As a non-Jewish American name (somewhat common around the end of the 19th century), it was likely inspired by the German surname HERSCHEL, borne for instance by the British-German astronomer William Herschel (1738-1822).
HERSILIAfRoman Mythology
Meaning unknown. In Roman legend this was the name of a Sabine woman who became the wife of Romulus.
HERTAfGerman
Variant of HERTHA.
HERTHAfGerman
Form of NERTHUS. The spelling change from N to H resulted from a misreading of Tacitus's text.
HERUmEgyptian Mythology
Reconstructed Egyptian form of HORUS.
HERUTfHebrew
Means "freedom" in Hebrew.
HERVÉmFrench
French form of HARVEY.
HERVEYmEnglish
Variant of HARVEY.
HESHAMmArabic
Variant transcription of HISHAM.
HESHELmYiddish
Yiddish diminutive of HIRSH.
HESIODmAncient Greek (Anglicized)
From the Greek name ‘Ησιοδος (Hesiodos), which probably means "to throw song" from ‘ιημι (hiemi) "to throw, to speak" and ωιδη (oide) "song, ode". This was the name of an 8th-century BC Greek poet.
HESPEROSmAncient Greek
Means "evening" in Greek. This was the name of the personification of the Evening Star (the planet Venus) in Greek mythology.
HESTERfEnglish, Biblical Latin
Latin form of ESTHER. Like Esther, it has been used in England since the Protestant Reformation. Nathaniel Hawthorne used it for the heroine of his novel 'The Scarlet Letter' (1850), Hester Prynne.
HESTIAfGreek Mythology
Derived from Greek ‘εστια (hestia) "hearth, fireside". In Greek mythology Hestia was the goddess of the hearth and domestic activity.
HETTIEfEnglish
Diminutive of HENRIETTA or HESTER.
HEULWENfWelsh
Means "sunshine" in Welsh.
HEYDARmPersian
Persian form of HAIDAR.
HEZEKIAHmBiblical
From the Hebrew name חִזְקִיָהוּ (Chizqiyahu), which means "YAHWEH strengthens", from the roots חָזַק (chazaq) meaning "to strength" and יָה (yah) referring to the Hebrew God. This name was borne by a powerful king of Judah who reigned in the 8th and 7th centuries BC. Also in the Old Testament, this was the name of an ancestor of the prophet Zephaniah.
HIAWATHAmHistory, Native American, Iroquois
From the Iroquoian name Haio-went-ha meaning "he who combs". This was the name of a Mohawk or Onondaga leader who founded the Iroquois Confederacy, possibly in the 15th century. He was later the subject of a fictionalized 1855 poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
HIBAfArabic
Means "gift" in Arabic.
HIBIKIm & fJapanese
From Japanese (hibiki) meaning "sound, echo".
HIDAYATmArabic, Indonesian
Means "guidance" in Arabic.
HIDDEmFrisian
Frisian short form of names containing the Germanic element hild meaning "battle".
HIDEAKImJapanese
From Japanese (hide) meaning "excellent, fine" and (aki) meaning "bright", as well as other combinations of kanji.
HIDEKImJapanese
From Japanese (hide) meaning "excellent, outstanding" or (hide) meaning "excellent, fine" combined with (ki) meaning "tree". Other kanji combinations can also form this name.
HIDEYOSHImJapanese
From Japanese (hide) meaning "excellent, outstanding" combined with (yoshi) meaning "good, virtuous, respectable" or (yoshi) meaning "good luck". Other kanji combinations are possible. Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Hideyoshi 秀吉 being his given name) was a 16th-century daimyo who unified Japan and attempted to conquer Korea. He also banned the ownership of weapons by the peasantry, and banished Christian missionaries.
HIERONYMOSmAncient Greek
Original Greek form of JEROME.
HIERONYMUSmGerman, Dutch (Archaic), Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latin form of JEROME used in Germany and the Netherlands. Hieronymus Bosch was a 15th-century Dutch painter known for his depictions of the torments of hell.
HIEUmBiblical Latin
Latin form of JEHU.
HIEZECIHELmBiblical Latin
Biblical Latin form of EZEKIEL.
HIGINImCatalan (Rare)
Catalan form of HYGINUS.
HIKARIf & mJapanese
From Japanese (hikari) meaning "light". Other kanji can also form this name. It is often written with the hiragana writing system.
HIKARUm & fJapanese
From Japanese (hikaru) meaning "light" or (hikaru) meaning "brightness". Other kanji can also form this name.
HIKMATm & fArabic
Derived from Arabic حكمة (hikmah) meaning "wisdom".
HİKMETmTurkish
Turkish form of HIKMAT.
HILAfHebrew
Means "halo" in Hebrew.
HILAIREmFrench
French form of HILARIUS.
HILARGIfBasque
Means "moon" in Basque.
HILARIAfAncient Roman
Feminine form of HILARIUS.
HILARIOmSpanish
Spanish form of HILARIUS.
HILARIONmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek ‘ιλαρος (hilaros) meaning "cheerful". This was the name of a 4th-century saint, a disciple of Saint Anthony.
HILARIUSmAncient Roman
Roman name which was derived from Latin hilaris meaning "cheerful". Alternatively, it could be derived from the Greek name ‘Ιλαρος (Hilaros) also meaning "cheerful" (the Greek word ‘ιλαρος was the source of the Latin word hilaris). Saint Hilarius was a 4th-century theologian and bishop of Poitiers. This was also the name of a 5th-century pope.
HILARYf & mEnglish
Medieval English form of HILARIUS or HILARIA. During the Middle Ages it was primarily a masculine name. It was revived in Britain at the beginning of the 20th century as a predominantly feminine name. In America, this name and the variant Hillary seemed to drop in popularity after Hillary Clinton (1947-) became the first lady.
HILDfAnglo-Saxon
Old English form of HILDA.
HILDAfEnglish, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Spanish, Anglo-Saxon (Latinized), Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of names containing the Germanic element hild "battle". The short form was used for both Old English and continental Germanic names. Saint Hilda of Whitby was a 7th-century English saint and abbess. The name became rare in England during the later Middle Ages, but was revived in the 19th century.
HILDEfGerman, Dutch, Norwegian
German, Dutch and Norwegian variant of HILDA.
HILDEBERTmGerman (Rare)
Means "bright battle" from the Germanic elements hild "battle" and beraht "bright".
HILDEBRANDmGerman (Archaic), Ancient Germanic
Means "battle sword", derived from the Germanic element hild "battle" combined with brand "sword". This was the name of the hero of an 8th-century poem written in Old High German.
HILDEFONSmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ILDEFONSO.
HILDEGARDfGerman, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements hild "battle" and gard "enclosure". Saint Hildegard was a 12th-century mystic from Bingen in Germany who was famous for her writings and poetry and also for her prophetic visions.
HILDIMARmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of HILMAR.
HILDITRUTfAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of HILTRUD.
HILDRfAncient Scandinavian, Norse Mythology
Old Norse cognate of HILDA. In Norse legend this was the name of a valkyrie.
HILDREDf & mEnglish
Possibly from the Old English masculine name Hildræd, which was composed of the elements hild "battle" and ræd "counsel". This name was revived in the late 19th century, probably because of its similarity to the popular names Hilda and Mildred.
HILDURfIcelandic, Norwegian
Icelandic form of HILDR.
HILJAfFinnish
Derived from Finnish hiljaisuus meaning "silence".
HILLARmEstonian
Estonian form of HILARIUS.
HILLARYfEnglish
Variant of HILARY. A famous bearer of the surname was Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008), the first man to climb Mount Everest.
HILLELmBiblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Derived from Hebrew הלל (halal) meaning "praise". This name is mentioned briefly in the Old Testament as the father of the judge Abdon.
HILLEVIfSwedish, Finnish
Swedish and Finnish form of HEILWIG.
HILMARmGerman, Icelandic, Norwegian, Danish
From the Germanic name Hildimar, derived from the Germanic elements hild "battle" and mari "famous".
HILTRUDfGerman
Means "strength in battle", derived from the Germanic elements hild "battle" and thrud "strength".