Names Starting with H

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HILARION m Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek ‘ιλαρος (hilaros) meaning "cheerful". This was the name of a 4th-century saint, a disciple of Saint Anthony.
HILARIUS m Ancient Roman
Roman name 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.
HILARY f & m English
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.
HILD f Anglo-Saxon
Old English form of HILDA.
HILDA f English, 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.
HILDE f German, Dutch, Norwegian
German, Dutch and Norwegian variant of HILDA.
HILDEBERT m German (Rare)
Means "bright battle" from the Germanic elements hild "battle" and beraht "bright".
HILDEBRAND m German (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.
HILDEFONS m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ILDEFONSO.
HILDEGARD f German, 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.
HILDIBERHT m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of HILDEBERT.
HILDIGARDIS f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of HILDEGARD.
HILDIMAR m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of HILMAR.
HILDITRUT f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of HILTRUD.
HILDIWARA f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ALDARA.
HILDR f Ancient Scandinavian, Norse Mythology
Old Norse cognate of HILDA. In Norse legend this was the name of a valkyrie.
HILDRÆD m Anglo-Saxon
Older form of HILDRED.
HILDRED f & m English
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.
HILDUR f Icelandic, Norwegian
Icelandic form of HILDR.
HILJA f Finnish
Derived from Finnish hiljaisuus meaning "silence".
HILLA f Finnish
Short form of names beginning with Hil. It also means "cloudberry" in Finnish.
HILLAR m Estonian
Estonian form of HILARIUS.
HILLARY f English
Variant of HILARY. A famous bearer of the surname was Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008), the first man to climb Mount Everest.
HILLEL m Biblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Derived from Hebrew הָלַל (halal) meaning "praise". This name is mentioned briefly in the Old Testament as the father of the judge Abdon. It was also borne by the 1st-century BC Jewish scholar Hillel the Elder.
HILLEVI f Swedish, Finnish
Swedish and Finnish form of HEILWIG.
HILMAR m German, Icelandic, Norwegian, Danish
From the Germanic name Hildimar, derived from the Germanic elements hild "battle" and mari "famous".
HILTRAUD f German
Variant of HILTRUD.
HILTRUD f German
Means "strength in battle", derived from the Germanic elements hild "battle" and thrud "strength".
HINA f Japanese
From Japanese (hi) meaning "light, sun, male" or (hi) meaning "sun, day" combined with (na) meaning "vegetables, greens". Other kanji combinations are possible.
HINATA f & m Japanese
From Japanese 日向 (hinata) meaning "sunny place", 陽向 (hinata) meaning "toward the sun", or a non-standard reading of 向日葵 (himawari) meaning "sunflower". Other kanji compounds are also possible. Because of the irregular readings, this name is often written using the hiragana writing system.
HIND f Arabic
Possibly means "group of camels" in Arabic. Hind bint Abi Umayyah, also known as Umm Salama, was one of the wives of the Prophet Muhammad. This is also the Arabic name for the country of India.
HINE f Maori
Means "girl" in Maori.
HINNERK m Low German
Low German form of HEINRICH.
HINRICH m Low German
Low German form of HEINRICH.
HINRIK m Icelandic
Icelandic form of HENRY.
HIOB m Biblical German
German form of JOB.
HIPOLIT m Polish
Polish form of HIPPOLYTOS.
HIPÓLITO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of HIPPOLYTOS.
HIPPOCRATES m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name ‘Ιπποκρατης (Hippokrates) meaning "horse power", derived from the elements ‘ιππος (hippos) meaning "horse" and κρατος (kratos) meaning "power". This was the name of a 5th-century BC Greek doctor who is known as the Father of Medicine.
HIPPOLYTA f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of HIPPOLYTE (1). Shakespeare used this name in his comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream (1595).
HIPPOLYTE (1) f Greek Mythology
Feminine form of HIPPOLYTOS. In Greek legend Hippolyte was the daughter of Ares, and the queen of the Amazons. She was killed by Herakles in order to obtain her magic girdle.
HIPPOLYTOS m Greek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Means "freer of horses" from Greek ‘ιππος (hippos) meaning "horse" and λυω (luo) meaning "to loosen". In Greek legend he was the son of Theseus who was tragically loved by his stepmother Phaedra. This was also the name of a 3rd-century theologian, saint and martyr.
HIRA f & m Urdu, Nepali, Punjabi, Indian, Gujarati, Hindi
Derived from Sanskrit हीर (hira) meaning "diamond". It is typically feminine in Pakistan and unisex in India and Nepal.
HIRAH m Biblical
Means "splendour" in Hebrew. This was the name of the father-in-law of Judah in the Old Testament.
HIRAKU m Japanese
From Japanese (hiraku) meaning "expand, open, support". Other kanji can also form this name.
HIRAM m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew, English
Probably of Phoenician origin, though it could be from Hebrew meaning "exalted brother". This was the name of a king of Tyre in the Old Testament. As an English given name, Hiram came into use after the Protestant Reformation. In the 17th century the Puritans brought it to America, where it gained some currency.
HİRANUR f Turkish
From Hira, from Arabic حراء (Hira), the name of the cave where the Prophet Muhammad received his first revelation, combined with Arabic نور (nur) meaning "light".
HIROKI m Japanese
From Japanese (hiro) meaning "big, great" and (ki) meaning "brightness" or (ki) meaning "tree". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
HIROKO f Japanese
From Japanese (hiro) meaning "tolerant, generous", (hiro) meaning "abundant" or (hiro) meaning "prosperous" combined with (ko) meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are possible.
HIROSHI m Japanese
From Japanese (hiroshi) meaning "tolerant, generous", (hiroshi) meaning "prosperous", or other kanji and kanji combinations that are read the same way.
HIROTO m Japanese
From Japanese (hiro) meaning "big, great" or (hiro) meaning "command, esteem" combined with (to) meaning "person", (to) meaning "soar, glide" or (to), which refers to a Chinese constellation. Other kanji combinations can also form this name.
HIRSH m Yiddish
Means "deer" in Yiddish, a vernacular form of Tzvi. The deer is particularly associated with the tribe of Naphtali (see Genesis 49:21).
HIRSHEL m Yiddish
Yiddish diminutive of HIRSH.
HIRUNE f Basque
Means "trinity" in Basque, derived from hiru meaning "three".
HISEIN m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic حسين (see HUSAYN).
HISHAM m Arabic
Means "generous" in Arabic, ultimately from hashama "to crush". The meaning derives from the traditional Arab act of crushing bread into crumbs in order to share it. This was the name of an 8th-century caliph of the Umayyad dynasty in Spain.
HITOMI f Japanese
From Japanese (hitomi) meaning "pupil of the eye". It can also come from (hito) meaning "history" and (mi) meaning "beautiful", as well as other kanji combinations. This name is often written with the hiragana writing system.
HIWOT f Eastern African, Amharic
Means "life" in Amharic.
HIZKIAH m Biblical
Alternate form of the Hebrew name Chizqiyahu (see HEZEKIAH).
HJÁLMAR m Icelandic
Icelandic form of HJALMAR.
HJALMAR m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Old Norse name Hjálmarr meaning "helmeted warrior" from the element hjalmr "helmet" combined with arr "warrior".
HJÖRDÍS f Icelandic
Icelandic form of HJÖRDIS.
HJÖRDIS f Swedish
Swedish form of the Old Norse name Hjǫrdís meaning "sword goddess", derived from the elements hjǫrr "sword" and dís "goddess".
HJØRDIS f Danish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian form of HJÖRDIS.
HJÖRTUR m Icelandic
Means "deer" in Icelandic.
HLA m & f Burmese
Means "pretty, favourable" in Burmese.
HLENGIWE f Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Swazi
Means "helped, rescued, redeemed" in Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele and Swazi.
HLÍF f Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of LIV (1).
HLUDOWIG m Ancient Germanic
Germanic form of LUDWIG.
HNUB f Hmong
Means "sun" in Hmong.
HOA f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (hoa) meaning "flower".
HOB m Medieval English
Medieval short form of ROBERT.
HODAN f Eastern African, Somali
Means "rich, lush" in Somali.
HODE f Yiddish (Rare)
Yiddish short form of HADASSAH.
HODEI m Basque
Means "cloud" in Basque.
HODEL f Yiddish (Rare)
Diminutive of HODE. This is the name of Tevye's second daughter in the musical Fiddler on the Roof (1964), based on late 19th-century stories by Sholem Aleichem.
HODIA f Hebrew
Modern Hebrew form of HODIAH.
HODIAH f Biblical
Means "majesty of YAHWEH" in Hebrew. This is the name of a wife of Ezra in the Old Testament.
HODIYAH f Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of HODIAH.
HOEBAER m Limburgish
Limburgish form of HUBERT. Its spelling has been influenced by the French pronunciation of Hubert.
HOHEPA m Maori
Maori form of JOSEPH.
HOKOLESQUA m Native American, Shawnee
Means "cornstalk" in Shawnee. This was the name of an 18th-century Shawnee chief.
HŌKŪLANI f Hawaiian
Means "heavenly star" from Hawaiian hōkū "star" and lani "heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
HOLDEN m English (Modern)
From a surname that was originally derived from a place name meaning "deep valley" in Old English. This is the name of the main character in J. D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye (1951), Holden Caufield.
HOLGER m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Old Norse name Hólmgeirr, derived from the elements holmr "island" and geirr "spear". This was the name of one of Charlemagne's generals, a nobleman from Denmark.
HOLLIE f English
Variant of HOLLY.
HOLLIS m & f English
From an English surname that was derived from Middle English holis "holly trees". It was originally given to a person who lived near a group of those trees.
HOLLY f English
From the English word for the holly tree, ultimately derived from Old English holen.
HOMER m English, Ancient Greek (Anglicized)
From the Greek name ‘Ομηρος (Homeros), derived from ‘ομηρος (homeros) meaning "hostage, pledge". Homer was the Greek epic poet who wrote the Iliad, about the Trojan War, and the Odyssey, about Odysseus's journey home after the war. There is some debate about when he lived, or if he was even a real person, though most scholars place him in the 8th century BC. In the modern era, Homer has been used as a given name in the English-speaking world (chiefly in America) since the 18th century. This name is borne by the cartoon father on the television series The Simpsons.
HOMEROS m Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek form of HOMER.
HONEY f English (Rare)
Simply from the English word honey, ultimately from Old English hunig. This was originally a nickname for a sweet person.
HỒNG f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (hồng) meaning "pink, rosy".
HONG m & f Chinese
From Chinese (hóng) meaning "rainbow", (hóng) meaning "enlarge, expand, great" (which is usually only masculine) or 鸿 (hóng) meaning "wild swan, great, vast" (also usually only masculine). Other characters can also form this name.
HONOKA f Japanese
From Japanese (hono) meaning "harmony" (using an obscure nanori reading) and (ka) meaning "flower", as well as other combinations of kanji that have the same pronunciation. Very often it is written using the hiragana writing system.
HONOR f English (Rare)
Variant of HONOUR, using the American spelling.
HONORA f Irish, English
Variant of HONORIA. It was brought to England and Ireland by the Normans.
HONORATA f Late Roman, Polish
Feminine form of HONORATUS.
HONORATUS m Late Roman
Late Latin name meaning "esteemed, distinguished". This was the name of at least seven saints, including a 5th-century archbishop of Arles and a 6th-century bishop of Amiens who is the patron saint of bakers.
HONORÉ m French
French form of HONORATUS. It is also sometimes used as a French form of HONORIUS.
HONORIA f Late Roman
Feminine form of HONORIUS.
HONORINA f Late Roman
Feminine form of HONORINUS.
HONORINE f French
French form of Honorina, a feminine form of the Roman name Honorinus, a derivative of HONORIUS. Saint Honorina was a 4th-century martyr from the Normandy region in France.
HONORINUS m Late Roman
Late Latin name that was a derivative of HONORIUS.
HONORIUS m Late Roman
Late Latin name meaning "honour". This was the name of an emperor of the Western Roman Empire. It was also borne by a few early saints and four popes.
HONOUR f English (Rare)
From the English word honour, which is of Latin origin. This was one of the virtue names adopted by the Puritans in the 17th century. It can also be viewed as a form of HONORIA or HONORATA, which are ultimately derived from the same source.
HONZA m Czech
Czech form of HANS.
HOODA f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic هدى (see HUDA).
HOPCYN m Welsh
Welsh form of HOPKIN.
HOPE f English
From the English word hope, ultimately from Old English hopian. This name was first used by the Puritans in the 17th century.
HOPKIN m Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of HOB.
HORACE m English, French
English and French form of HORATIUS, and the name by which the Roman poet Quintus Horatius Flaccus is commonly known those languages. In the modern era it has been used as a given name since the Renaissance, in honour of the poet.
HORÁCIO m Portuguese
Portuguese form of HORATIUS.
HORACIO m Spanish
Spanish form of HORATIUS.
HORATIA f Ancient Roman
Feminine form of HORATIUS.
HORATIO m English
Variant of HORATIUS. It was borne by the British admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805), famous for his defeat of Napoleon's forces in the Battle of Trafalgar, in which he was himself killed. Since his time the name has been occasionally used in his honour.
HORAȚIU m Romanian
Romanian form of HORATIUS.
HORATIUS m Ancient Roman
Roman family name that was possibly derived from Latin hora meaning "hour, time, season", though the name may actually be of Etruscan origin. A famous bearer was Quintus Horatius Flaccus, a Roman lyric poet of the 1st century BC who is better known as Horace in the English-speaking world.
HOREA m Romanian
From Romanian horă, a type of circle dance. This was the nickname of Vasile Ursu Nicola (1731-1785), a leader of a peasant rebellion in Romania. He was eventually captured, tortured and executed.
HORIA m Romanian
Variant of HOREA.
HOROS m Egyptian Mythology (Hellenized)
Greek form of Heru (see HORUS).
HORSA m Ancient Germanic
From the Germanic element hros or hors meaning "horse". According to medieval chronicles, Horsa and his brother Hengist were the leaders of the first Saxon settlers to arrive in Britain. Horsa died in battle with the Britons.
HORST m German
Means "wood, thicket" in German. Alternatively, it may derive from the Germanic element hros or hors meaning "horse".
HORTENSE f French, English
French form of HORTENSIA.
HORTENSIA f Ancient Roman, Spanish
Feminine form of the Roman family name Hortensius, possibly derived from Latin hortus meaning "garden".
HORTENSIUS m Ancient Roman
Masculine form of HORTENSIA.
HORUS m Egyptian Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of ‘Ωρος (Horos), the Greek form of Egyptian Hrw (reconstructed as Heru) possibly meaning "falcon" or "high". In Egyptian mythology Horus was the god of light, often depicted as a man with the head of a falcon. The son Osiris and Isis, he avenged his father's murder by killing Seth.
HORYMÍR m Czech (Rare)
Possibly from the Slavic elements gora meaning "mountain" and miru meaning "peace, world".
HOSANNA f Biblical
From the Aramaic religious expression הושע נא (Hosha' na') meaning "deliver us" in Hebrew. In the New Testament this is exclaimed by those around Jesus when he first enters Jerusalem.
HOSEA m Biblical
Variant English form of HOSHEA, though the name is spelled the same in the Hebrew text. Hosea is one of the twelve minor prophets of the Old Testament, the author of the Book of Hosea. Written in the northern kingdom, it draws parallels between his relationship with his unfaithful wife and the relationship between God and his people.
HOSHEA m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
From the Hebrew name הוֹשֵׁעַ (Hoshe'a) meaning "salvation", from the root יָשַׁע (yasha'). In the Old Testament at Numbers 13:16, Moses gives the spy Hoshea the new name Yehoshu'a (see JOSHUA), which has a related origin. This name was also borne by an 8th-century BC king of Israel, who was the last ruler of that state before it was conquered by Assyria.
HOSHI f Japanese
From Japanese (hoshi) meaning "star" or other kanji with the same pronunciation.
HOSHIKO f Japanese
From Japanese (hoshi) meaning "star" and (ko) meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are possible.
HOSNI m & f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic حسني (see HUSNI).
HOSSAM m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic حسام (see HUSAM).
HOSSEIN m Persian
Persian form of HUSAYN.
HOTARU f Japanese
From Japanese (hotaru) meaning "firefly".
HOUA f Hmong
Means "clouds" in Hmong.
HOUDA f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic هدى (see HUDA).
HOURIG f Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Հուրիկ (see HURIK).
HOUSSAM m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic حسام (see HUSAM).
HOVHANNES m Armenian
Armenian form of Iohannes (see JOHN).
HOVIK m Armenian
Diminutive of HOVHANNES.
HOVO m Armenian
Diminutive of HOVHANNES.
HOVSEP m Armenian
Armenian form of JOSEPH.
HOWARD m English
From an English surname that can derive from several different sources: the Anglo-Norman given name Huard, which was from the Germanic name HUGHARD; the Anglo-Scandinavian given name Haward, from the Old Norse name HÁVARÐR; or the Middle English term ewehirde meaning "ewe herder". This is the surname of a British noble family, members of which have held the title Duke of Norfolk from the 15th century to the present. A famous bearer of the given name was the American industrialist Howard Hughes (1905-1976).
HOWELL m Welsh
Anglicized form of HYWEL.
HOWIE m English
Diminutive of HOWARD.
HOYT m English
From an English surname that was derived from Middle English hoit "stick", originally a nickname for a thin person.
HOZAN m & f Kurdish
Means "poet, intellect" in Kurdish.
HRAFN m Icelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Means "raven" in Old Norse.
HRISTIJAN m Macedonian
Macedonian form of CHRISTIAN.
HRISTINA f Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian
Bulgarian, Macedonian and Serbian form of CHRISTINA.
HRISTO m Bulgarian, Macedonian
Bulgarian and Macedonian short form of CHRISTOPHER.
HRISTOFOR m Bulgarian, Macedonian
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of CHRISTOPHER.
HRÓALDR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of ROALD.
HRÓARR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name, derived from the element hróðr "fame" combined with either geirr "spear" (making it a relation of HRÓÐGEIRR), arr "warrior" or varr "vigilant, cautious". This is the name of a legendary Danish king, the same one who is featured in the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf with the name Hroðgar.
HRODEBERT m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ROBERT.
HRODERICH m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of RODERICK.
HRODGER m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ROGER.
HRODLAND m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ROLAND.
HRODOHAIDIS f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ROSE.
HRODULF m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of RUDOLF.
HRŒREKR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse cognate of Hroderich (see RODERICK).
HROLF m Ancient Germanic
Contracted form of HRODULF.
HROÐGAR m Anglo-Saxon
Old English cognate of Hrodger (see ROGER). The name became unused after the Normans introduced Hrodger after their invasion. In the Old English poem Beowulf this is the name of the Danish king.
HRÓÐGEIRR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse cognate of Hrodger (see ROGER).
HRÓÐÓLFR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse cognate of Hrodulf (see RUDOLF).
HROÐULF m Anglo-Saxon
Old English cognate of Hrodulf (see RUDOLF). This name appears in Beowulf belonging to the nephew of Hroðgar.
HROTSUITHA f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of ROSWITHA.
HRUODNAND m Ancient Germanic
Possible Germanic form of ROLAND.
HRVOJE m Croatian
Derived from Croatian Hrvat meaning "Croat".
HRYHORIY m Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of GREGORY.
HUA f & m Chinese
From Chinese (huá) meaning "splendid, illustrious, Chinese" or (huā) meaning "flower, blossom" (which is usually only feminine). Other Chinese characters can form this name as well.
HUAN f & m Chinese
From Chinese (huān) meaning "happy, pleased", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
HUANG m & f Chinese
From Chinese (huáng) meaning "bright, shining, luminous" (which is usually only masculine) or (huáng) meaning "phoenix" (usually only feminine). Other Chinese characters are also possible.
HUANGDI m Far Eastern Mythology
From Chinese (huáng) meaning "yellow" and () meaning "god, emperor". This is the Chinese name for the Yellow Emperor, a mythical ruler and deity who is said to have reigned in the 3rd millennium BC. He is regarded as the ancestor of the Chinese people.
HUBERT m English, German, Dutch, French, Polish, Ancient Germanic
Means "bright heart", derived from the Germanic elements hug "heart, mind" and beraht "bright". Saint Hubert was an 8th-century bishop of Maastricht who is considered the patron saint of hunters. The Normans brought the name to England, where it replaced an Old English cognate Hygebeorht. It died out during the Middle Ages but was revived in the 19th century.
HUBRECHT m Dutch (Archaic)
Dutch variant of HUBERT.
HUDA f Arabic
Means "right guidance" in Arabic.
HUDDE m Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of HUGH or possibly RICHARD.
HUDSON m English
From an English surname meaning "son of HUDDE". A famous bearer of the surname was the English explorer Henry Hudson (1570-1611).
HUỆ f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (huệ) meaning "bright, intelligent" or (huệ) meaning "orchid".
HUEY m English
Variant of HUGHIE.
HUG m Catalan
Catalan form of HUGH.
HUGH m English
From the Germanic element hug, meaning "heart, mind, spirit". It was common among Frankish and French nobility, being borne by Hugh Capet, a 10th-century king of France who founded the Capetian dynasty. The Normans brought the name to England and it became common there, even more so after the time of the 12th-century bishop Saint Hugh of Lincoln, who was known for his charity. This was also the name of kings of Cyprus and the crusader kingdom of Jerusalem. The name is used in Ireland and Scotland as the Anglicized form of Aodh and Ùisdean.
HUGHARD m Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements hug "heart, mind" and hard "brave, hardy".
HUGHIE m English
Diminutive of HUGH.
HUGLEIKR m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name derived from hugr "heart, mind, spirit" and leikr "play".
HUGO m Spanish, Portuguese, English, Dutch, German, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Ancient Germanic (Latinized)
Latinized form of HUGH. As a surname it has belonged to the French author Victor Hugo (1802-1885), the writer of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Misérables.
HUGUBERT m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of HUBERT.
HUGUES m French
French form of HUGH.
HUGUETTE f French
Feminine form of HUGUES.
HUGUO m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of HUGH.
HUHANA f Maori
Maori form of SUSAN.
HUI f & m Chinese
From Chinese (huì) meaning "intelligent, wise" (which is usually only feminine), (huī) meaning "brightness", besides other characters that are pronounced similarly.
HUITZILOPOCHTLI m Aztec and Toltec Mythology
Means "southern hummingbird" or "left-handed hummingbird" in Nahuatl. In Aztec mythology he was the god of the sun and war. He was a patron deity of the city of Tenochtitlan (at the site of modern Mexico City).
HULD f Norse Mythology
Old Norse variant of HULDA (1).
HULDA (1) f Icelandic, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Norse Mythology
Derived from Old Norse hulda meaning "hiding, secrecy". This was the name of a sorceress in Norse mythology. As a modern name, it can also derive from archaic Swedish huld meaning "gracious, sweet, lovable".
HULDAH f Biblical
Means "weasel, mole" in Hebrew. This name appears in the Old Testament belonging to a prophetess.
HULDERIC m Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements hulda "merciful, graceful" and ric "ruler, mighty". It has long been confused with the Germanic name Ulrich.
HÜLYA f Turkish
Means "daydream" in Turkish.
HUMAIRA f Arabic, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Arabic حميراء (see HUMAYRA).
HUMAYRA f Arabic
Means "red" in Arabic. This was a name given by the Prophet Muhammad to his wife Aisha.
HUMBERT m French, German (Rare), English (Rare), Ancient Germanic
Means "bright warrior", derived from the Germanic elements hun "warrior, bear cub" and beraht "bright". The Normans introduced this name to England, though it has always been uncommon there. It was borne by two kings of Italy (called Umberto in Italian), who ruled in the 19th and 20th centuries.
HUMBERTO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of HUMBERT.
HUMPHREY m English
Means "peaceful warrior" from the Germanic elements hun "warrior, bear cub" and frid "peace". The Normans introduced this name to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Hunfrith, and it was regularly used through the Middle Ages. A famous bearer was the American actor Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957), who starred in The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca.
HUNBERCT m Ancient Germanic
Germanic form of HUMBERT.
HUNFRID m Ancient Germanic
Germanic form of HUMPHREY.
HÙNG m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (hùng) meaning "brave, manly".
HUNOR m Hungarian
Derived from the ethnic term Hun, which refers to the nomadic people from Central Asia who expanded into Europe in the 4th century. The word Hun is from Latin Hunnus, which is possibly of Turkic origin. According to medieval Hungarian legend, the brothers Hunor and Magor were the ancestors of the Huns and the Magyars (Hungarians) respectively.
HUNTER m & f English
From an occupational English surname for a hunter, derived from Old English hunta. A famous bearer was the eccentric American journalist Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005).
HƯƠNG f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (hương) meaning "fragrant".
HURI m Biblical
Means "linen weaver" in Hebrew. This was the name of the father of Abihail in the Old Testament.
HURIK f Armenian
Means "small fire" in Armenian.
HURŞİT m Turkish
Turkish form of KHURSHID.
HUSAIN m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic حسين (see HUSAYN).
HUSAM m Arabic
Means "sword" in Arabic, a derivative of the verb حسم (hasama) meaning "to sever, to finish, to decide".
HUSAYN m Arabic
Diminutive of HASAN. Husayn ibn Ali (also commonly transliterated Hussein) was the son of Ali and the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. His older brother was named Hasan. The massacre of Husayn and his family was a major event in the split between Shia and Sunni Muslims, which continues to this day. In more recent times this was the name of a king of Jordan (1935-1999).
HUSEIN m Bosnian
Bosnian form of HUSAYN.
HUSÊN m Kurdish
Kurdish form of HUSAYN.
HÜSEYİN m Turkish
Turkish form of HUSAYN.
HÜSEYN m Azerbaijani
Azerbaijani form of HUSAYN.
HUSNA f Arabic
Means "more beautiful" in Arabic.
HUSNI m & f Arabic
Derived from Arabic حُسْن (husn) meaning "beauty, excellence, goodness".
HUSNIYA f Arabic
Strictly feminine form of HUSNI.
HÜSNİYE f Turkish
Turkish feminine form of HUSNI.
HÜSNÜ m Turkish
Turkish form of HUSNI.
HUSSAIN m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic حسين (see HUSAYN).
HUSSEIN m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic حسين (see HUSAYN).
HỮU m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (hữu) meaning "friend, companion".
HUUB m Dutch
Dutch short form of HUBERT.
HUW m Welsh
Welsh form of HUGH.
HUXLEY m English (Modern)
From an English surname that was derived from the name of a town in Cheshire. The final element is Old English leah "woodland, clearing", while the first element might be hux "insult, scorn". A famous bearer of the surname was the British author Aldous Huxley (1894-1963).
HVARE KHSHAETA m Persian Mythology
Ancient Avestan form of KHURSHID.
HWAN m & f Korean
From Sino-Korean (hwan) meaning "shining, brilliant, lustrous" or other characters that are pronounced similarly. It usually occurs in combination with another character.
HYACINTH (2) f English (Rare)
From the name of the flower (or the precious stone that also bears this name), ultimately from Greek hyakinthos (see HYACINTHUS).
HYACINTHA f History
Latinate feminine form of HYACINTHUS, used to refer to the 17th-century Italian saint Hyacintha Mariscotti (real name Giacinta).
HYACINTHE m & f French
French masculine and feminine form of HYACINTHUS.
HYACINTHUS m Greek Mythology (Latinized), Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name ‘Υακινθος (Hyakinthos), which was derived from the name of the hyacinth flower. In Greek legend Hyakinthos was accidentally killed by the god Apollo, who mournfully caused this flower to arise from his blood. The name was also borne by several early saints, notably a 3rd-century martyr who was killed with his brother Protus.
HYAM m Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew חַיִּים (see CHAYIM).
HYDER m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic حيدر (see HAIDAR).
HYE m Korean
From Sino-Korean (hye) meaning "bright, intelligent" or other characters that are pronounced in the same way. Although it does appear rarely as a single-character name, it is more often used in combination with another character. A notable bearer was a 6th-century king of Baekje.
HYE-JIN f Korean
From Sino-Korean (hye) meaning "bright, intelligent" or (hye) meaning "favour, benefit" combined with (jin) meaning "precious, rare". This name can be formed by a variety of other hanja character combinations as well.
HYEON m & f Korean
From Sino-Korean (hyeon) meaning "virtuous, worthy, able" or other characters that are pronounced similarly. It usually occurs in combination with another character, though it is sometimes used as a stand-alone name.
HYEON-JEONG f & m Korean
From Sino-Korean (hyeon) meaning "virtuous, worthy, able" or (hyeon) meaning "shine, glitter" combined with (jeong) meaning "court" or (jeong) meaning "virtuous, chaste, loyal". This name can be formed by other hanja character combinations as well.
HYEON-JU f & m Korean
From Sino-Korean (hyeon) meaning "virtuous, worthy, able" and (ju) meaning "jewel, pearl". This name can be formed by other hanja character combinations as well.
HYEON-U m Korean
From Sino-Korean (hyeon) meaning "virtuous, worthy, able" or (hyeon) meaning "manifest, clear" combined with (u) meaning "divine intervention, protection" or (u) meaning "rain". This name can be formed by other hanja character combinations as well.
HYGINOS m Ancient Greek
Greek form of HYGINUS.
HYGINUS m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of ‘Υγινος (Hyginos), a Greek name derived from ‘υγιεινος (hygieinos) meaning "healthy". This was the name of the ninth pope.
HYLEDD f Welsh
Variant of HELEDD.
HYMAN m Jewish
Alteration of HYAM influenced by Yiddish מאַן (man) meaning "man".
HYMIE m Jewish
Diminutive of HYMAN.
HYNEK m Czech
Diminutive of HEINRICH.
HYPATIA f Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek ‘υπατος (hypatos) meaning "highest, supreme". Hypatia of Alexandria was a 5th-century philosopher and mathematician, daughter of the mathematician Theon.
HYPATOS m Ancient Greek
Masculine form of HYPATIA.
HYPERION m Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek ‘υπερ (hyper) meaning "over". In Greek myth this was the name of a Titan who presided over the sun and light. By Theia he was the father of the sun god Helios, the moon goddess Selene, and the dawn goddess Eos.
HYRUM m English (Rare)
Variant of HIRAM. This name was borne by Hyrum Smith (1800-1844), an early leader within the Mormon Church.
HYUN m & f Korean
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul (see HYEON).
HYUN-JOO f & m Korean
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul 현주 (see HYEON-JU).
HYUN-JUNG f & m Korean
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul 현정 (see HYEON-JEONG).
HYUN-WOO m Korean
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul 현우 (see HYEON-U).
HYWEL m Welsh
Means "eminent" in Welsh. This was the name of a 10th-century king of Wales.