Masculine Names

gender
usage
Hèctor m Catalan
Catalan form of Hector.
Hector m English, French, Greek Mythology (Latinized), Arthurian Romance
Latinized form of Greek Ἕκτωρ (Hektor), which was derived from ἕκτωρ (hektor) meaning "holding fast", ultimately from ἔχω (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 where it belongs to King Arthur's foster father.... [more]
Hed m & f Hebrew
Means "echo" in Hebrew.
Heddwyn m Welsh
Derived from the Welsh elements hedd "peace" and gwyn "white, fair, blessed".
Hédi 2 m Arabic (Maghrebi)
Alternate transcription of Arabic هادي (see Hadi) chiefly used in Tunisia (using French-influenced orthography).
Hedley m English (Rare)
From a surname that was derived from a place name meaning "heather clearing" in Old English.
Hefin m Welsh
Means "summer" in Welsh.
Heidrich m Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements heid "kind, sort, type" and ric "ruler, mighty".
Heike f & m Low German, Frisian, Dutch
Low German diminutive of Henrike or Heinrich.
Heiki m Estonian
Estonian form of Heinrich (see Henry).
Heikki m Finnish
Finnish form of Heinrich (see Henry).
Heiko m Low German, Frisian, Dutch
Low German diminutive of Heinrich.
Heilyn m Welsh
Means "winebearer" in Welsh.
Heimdall m Norse Mythology
From Old Norse Heimdallr, derived from Old Norse heimr "home, house" and dallr "glowing, shining". In Norse mythology he is the god who guards the Bifröst, the bridge that connects Asgard to the other worlds. It is foretold that he will blow the Gjallarhorn to wake the gods for the final battle at the end of the world, Ragnarök. During this battle, he will fight Loki and they will slay one another.
Heimdallr m Norse Mythology
Old Norse form of Heimdall.
Heimir m Norse Mythology, Icelandic
Norse cognate of Hama. In the Völsungasaga he is a king of Hlymdalir.
Heimirich m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of Henry.
Hein m Dutch
Diminutive of Hendrik.
Heiner m German
Diminutive of Heinrich.
Heino m German, Danish, Finnish, Estonian
German form of Haimo (see Hamo).
Heinrich m German, Ancient Germanic
German form of Henry. This was the name of several German kings.
Heinz m German
Diminutive of Heinrich.
Heitor m Portuguese
Portuguese form of Hector.
Hektor m Greek Mythology
Greek form of Hector.
Hélder m Portuguese
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.
Helge m Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, German, Finnish
From the Old Norse name Helgi, derived from heilagr meaning "holy, blessed".
Helgi m Icelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse and Icelandic form of Helge.
Heli 1 m Biblical, 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.
Helias m Biblical Latin
Latin form of Elijah used in some versions of the Vulgate.
Hélier m French (Rare)
French form of Helier.
Helier m History (Ecclesiastical)
Meaning uncertain. This is the name of the patron saint of the island of Jersey in the English Channel. He was a 6th-century hermit whose name was recorded in Latin as Helerius.
Helihel m Biblical Latin
Form of Eliel used in the Vulgate.
Heliodoro m Spanish, Portuguese
From the Greek name Ἡλιόδωρος (Heliodoros), derived from the elements ἥλιος (helios) meaning "sun" and δῶρον (doron) meaning "gift". Saint Heliodoro was a 4th-century bishop of Altino.
Helios m Greek Mythology
Means "sun" in Greek. This was the name of the young Greek sun god, a Titan, who rode across the sky each day in a chariot pulled by four horses. His sister was the moon goddess Selene.
Helladius m Late Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Late Greek name Ἑλλάδιος (Helladios), which was derived from Ἑλλάδος (Hellados) meaning "of Greece". Saint Helladius was a 7th-century archbishop of Toledo.
Helmfrid m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of Helmfried.
Helmfried m German (Rare)
Derived from the Germanic elements helm "helmet" and frid "peace".
Helmo m Ancient Germanic
Germanic short form of names that began with the element helm meaning "helmet, protection".
Helmold m Ancient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the elements helm "helmet" and wald "rule".
Helmut m German, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic element helm "helmet" or heil "healthy" combined with muot "spirit, mind".
Helmuth m German
Variant of Helmut.
Helvius m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen derived from either Latin helvus meaning "honey-yellow, blond" or from the name of the Helvii, a Celtic tribe who lived west of the Rhône river. Gaius Helvius Cinna was a Roman poet of the 1st century BC.
Hemi m Maori
Maori form of James.
Hemming m Swedish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare), Danish (Rare)
Perhaps derived from Old Norse hamr "shape", and possibly originally a nickname for a person believed to be a shape changer.
Henadz m Belarusian
Belarusian form of Gennadius.
Henderson m English
From a Scottish surname meaning "son of Henry".
Hendrick m Dutch (Archaic)
Dutch variant of Hendrik.
Hendricus m Dutch
Variant of Henricus.
Hendrik m Dutch, German, Estonian
Dutch and Estonian cognate of Heinrich (see Henry).
Hendrikus m Dutch
Variant of Henricus.
Hendrix m English (Modern)
From a Dutch surname that was derived from the given name Hendrik. A famous bearer of the surname was the American rock musician Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970).
Hendry m Scottish
Scots variant of Henry.
Heng m & f Chinese
From Chinese (héng) meaning "constant, persistent", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
Hengist m Ancient Germanic
Of Germanic origin, meaning "stallion". According to medieval histories, Hengist and his brother Horsa were the leaders of the first Saxon settlers in Britain. Hengist established a kingdom in Kent in the 5th century.
Henk m Dutch
Dutch short form of Hendrik.
Hennadiy m Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of Gennadius.
Hennie m & f Dutch
Dutch diminutive and feminine form of Hendrik.
Henny f & m Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
Diminutive of Henriette, Hendrika and other names containing hen. In Dutch it can also be masculine as a diminutive of Hendrik.
Henri m French, Finnish
French form of Heinrich (see Henry).
Henrich m Slovak
Slovak form of Heinrich (see Henry).
Henricus m Ancient Germanic (Latinized), Dutch
Latinized form of Heinrich. As a Dutch name, it is used on birth certificates though a vernacular form such as Hendrik is typically used in daily life.
Henrik m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Hungarian, Slovene, Croatian, Armenian
Form of Heinrich (see Henry) in several languages. A famous bearer was the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906).
Henrikas m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Heinrich (see Henry).
Henrikki m Finnish
Finnish form of Heinrich (see Henry).
Henrique m Portuguese
Portuguese form of Heinrich (see Henry). This was the name of a 15th-century Portuguese naval explorer (known as Henry the Navigator in English).
Henry m English
From the Germanic name Heimirich meaning "home ruler", composed of the elements heim "home" and ric "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]
Henryk m Polish
Polish form of Heinrich (see Henry).
Heorhiy m Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of George.
Hephaestus m Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Ἥφαιστος (Hephaistos), meaning unknown. It probably shares its origin with the Minoan city of Φαιστός (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.
Heracles m Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Herakles. However, the spelling used by the Romans was Hercules.
Heraclio m Spanish
Spanish form of Heraclius.
Heraclitus m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Ἡράκλειτος (Herakleitos) meaning "glory of Hera", derived from the name of the goddess Hera combined with κλειτός (kleitos) meaning "glory". This was the name of a 6th-century BC Greek philosopher from Ephesus.
Heraclius m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek personal name Ἡράκλειος (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.
Herakleides m Ancient Greek
Means "son of Herakles" in Greek, derived from the name of the mythic hero Herakles combined with the patronymic suffix ἴδης (ides). This was the name of a 4th-century BC Greek astronomer who theorized the rotation of the earth.
Herakles m Greek Mythology
Means "glory of Hera" from the name of the goddess Hera combined with Greek κλέος (kleos) meaning "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.
Herb m English
Short form of Herbert.
Herbert m English, German, Dutch, Czech, Swedish, French
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.
Herberto m Spanish (Rare), Portuguese (Rare)
Spanish and Portuguese form of Herbert.
Herbie m English
Diminutive of Herbert.
Hercule m French
French form of Hercules.
Heremoana m Tahitian
From Tahitian here "loved, dear" and moana "ocean".
Hereward m Anglo-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.
Hereweald m Anglo-Saxon
Old English form of Harold.
Heribert m German
German form of Herbert.
Heriberto m Spanish, Portuguese (Rare)
Spanish and Portuguese form of Herbert.
Herk m Various
Short form of Hercules.
Herkus m Lithuanian
Short form of Henrikas.
Herleif m Norwegian (Rare)
Modern Scandinavian form of Herleifr.
Herleifr m Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from the Old Norse elements herr "army" and leifr "son, descendant".
Hermagoras m Ancient Greek
From the name of the messenger god Hermes combined with Greek ἀγορά (agora) meaning "assembly, marketplace". Saint Hermagoras (3rd century) was the first bishop of Aquileia in Italy.
Herman m English, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, 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 an 18th-century Russian missionary to Alaska who is venerated as a saint in the Orthodox Church, though in his case the name is an alternate transcription of German. Another famous bearer was the American writer Herman Melville (1819-1891), the author of Moby-Dick.
Hermann m German
German form of Herman.
Hermanni m Finnish
Finnish form of Herman.
Hermanus m Dutch, Ancient Germanic (Latinized)
Latinized form of Herman. As a Dutch name, it is used on birth certificates with the form Herman typically used in daily life.
Hermenegildo m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of a Visigothic name meaning "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.
Hermes m Greek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Probably from Greek ἕρμα (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]
Hermínio m Portuguese
Portuguese form of Herminius.
Herminio m Spanish
Spanish form of Herminius.
Herminius m Ancient Roman
Roman name that 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.
Hermogenes m Ancient Greek
Means "born of Hermes" from the name of the messenger god Hermes combined with Greek γενής (genes) meaning "born".
Hermokrates m Ancient Greek
Means "power of Hermes" from the name of the messenger god Hermes combined with Greek κράτος (kratos) meaning "power".
Hermolaos m Ancient Greek
Means "the people of Hermes" from the name of the messenger god Hermes combined with Greek λαός (laos) meaning "people".
Hernán m Spanish
Short form of Hernando.
Hernando m Spanish
Medieval Spanish form of Ferdinand. A famous bearer of this name was Hernando Cortés (1485-1547), a Spanish conquistador.
Herod m Biblical
From the Greek name Ἡρῴδης (Herodes), which probably means "song of the hero" from ἥρως (heros) meaning "hero, warrior" combined with ᾠδή (ode) meaning "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.
Herodes m Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Latin form of Herod, as well as the usual biblical Greek transcription of Ἡρῴδης: after the classical period, the ι in the sequence ωι (often written as a subscript like ) was not pronounced.
Herodion m Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Derivative of the Greek name Herodes (see Herod). This name is mentioned briefly in Paul's epistle to the Romans in the New Testament.
Herodotus m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Ἡρόδοτος (Herodotos), derived from the name of the goddess Hera combined with δοτός (dotos) meaning "given, granted". Herodotus was a Greek historian of the 5th century BC who wrote the Histories, a detailed account of the Greco-Persian Wars. He is known as the Father of History.
Heroides m Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek form of Herod.
Heroidion m Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek form of Herodion.
Heron m Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek ἥρως (heros) meaning "hero". This was the name of a 1st-century Greek inventor (also known as Hero) from Alexandria.
Herry m Medieval English
Medieval English form of Henry. Unlike Harry, this form is no longer used.
Hersh m Yiddish
Alternate transcription of Yiddish הירש (see Hirsh).
Hershel m American, 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).
Heru m Egyptian Mythology (Hypothetical)
Reconstructed Egyptian form of Horus.
Herve m Breton
Breton form of Harvey.
Hervé m French
French form of Harvey.
Hervey m English
Variant of Harvey.
Hesekiel m Finnish (Rare)
Finnish form of Ezekiel.
Hesham m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic هشام (see Hisham).
Heshel m Yiddish (Rare)
Yiddish diminutive of Hirsh.
Hesiod m Ancient Greek (Anglicized)
From the Greek name Ἡσίοδος (Hesiodos), which probably meant "to throw song" from ἵημι (hiemi) meaning "to throw, to speak" and ᾠδή (ode) meaning "song, ode". This was the name of an 8th-century BC Greek poet.
Hesiodos m Ancient Greek
Greek form of Hesiod.
Hesperos m Ancient Greek
Means "evening" in Greek. This was the name of the personification of the Evening Star (the planet Venus) in Greek mythology.
Hevel m Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of Abel.
Heydar m Persian
Persian form of Haidar.
Hezekiah m Biblical
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 is the name of an ancestor of the prophet Zephaniah.
Hiawatha m History, Indigenous 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.
Hibiki m & f Japanese
From Japanese (hibiki) meaning "sound, echo".
Hidayat m Arabic, Indonesian
Means "guidance" in Arabic.
Hidde m Frisian
Frisian short form of names containing the Germanic element hild meaning "battle".
Hideaki m Japanese
From Japanese (hide) meaning "excellent, fine" and (aki) meaning "bright", as well as other combinations of kanji.
Hideki m Japanese
From Japanese (hide) meaning "excellent, outstanding" or (hide) meaning "excellent, fine" combined with (ki) meaning "tree". Other kanji combinations can also form this name.
Hideyoshi m Japanese
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 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.
Hienadz m Belarusian
Alternate transcription of Belarusian Генадзь (see Henadz).
Hieronim m Polish
Polish form of Hieronymos (see Jerome).
Hieronym m Slovak
Slovak form of Hieronymos (see Jerome).
Hieronymos m Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek form of Jerome.
Hieronymus m Ancient Greek (Latinized), German (Archaic), Dutch (Archaic)
Latin form of Jerome, formerly common in Germany and the Netherlands. Hieronymus Bosch was a 15th-century Dutch painter known for his depictions of the torments of hell.
Hieu m Biblical Latin
Latin form of Jehu.
Hiezecihel m Biblical Latin
Biblical Latin form of Ezekiel.
Hifumi m & f Japanese
From Japanese (hi) meaning "one", (fu) meaning "two" and (mi) meaning "three".
Higini m Catalan (Rare)
Catalan form of Hyginus.
Hikari f & m Japanese
From Japanese (hikari) meaning "light". Other kanji can also form this name. It is often written with the hiragana writing system.
Hikaru m & f Japanese
From Japanese (hikaru) meaning "light" or (hikaru) meaning "brightness". Other kanji can also form this name.
Hikmat m & f Arabic
Derived from Arabic حكمة (hikmah) meaning "wisdom".
Hikmet m Turkish
Turkish form of Hikmat.
Hilaire m French
French form of Hilarius.
Hilal m & f Arabic, Turkish
Means "crescent moon" in Arabic, also referring to the new moon on the Islamic calendar. As a given name it is typically masculine in Arabic and feminine in Turkish.
Hilario m Spanish
Spanish form of Hilarius.
Hilarion m Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek ἱλαρός (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 Ἱλαρός (Hilaros) also meaning "cheerful" (the Greek word ἱλαρός 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.
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.
Hildiberht m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of Hildebert.
Hildimar m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of Hilmar.
Hilding m Swedish
Modern form of Hildingr.
Hildingr m Ancient Scandinavian, Norse Mythology
Means "chief, warrior", a derivative of Old Norse hildr "battle". This is the name of a character in the Norse tale Frithiof's Saga.
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.
Hillar m Estonian
Estonian form of Hilarius.
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.
Hilmar m German, Icelandic, Norwegian, Danish
From the Germanic name Hildimar, derived from the Germanic elements hild "battle" and mari "famous".
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.
Hinnerk m Low German
Low German form of Heinrich.
Hinrich m Low German
Low German form of Heinrich.
Hinrik m Icelandic
Icelandic form of Heinrich (see Henry).
Hiob m Biblical German
German form of Job.
Hipólito m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Hippolytos.
Hippocrates m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Ἱπποκράτης (Hippokrates) meaning "horse power", derived from the elements ἵππος (hippos) meaning "horse" and κράτος (kratos) meaning "power". This was the name of a 5th-century BC Greek doctor who is known as the Father of Medicine.
Hippolyte 2 m French
French form of Hippolytos.
Hippolytos m Greek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Means "freer of horses" from Greek ἵππος (hippos) meaning "horse" and λύω (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 a companion 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.
Hirohito m Japanese
From Japanese (hiro) meaning "abundant" and (hito) meaning "person" or (hito) meaning "compassionate". Hirohito (1901-1989), name written , was the emperor of Japan from 1926 to 1989. Different combinations of kanji can also form this name.
Hiroki m Japanese
From Japanese (hiro) meaning "big, great" and (ki) meaning "brightness" or (ki) meaning "tree". Other kanji combinations are also 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.
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.
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".
Hjörtur m Icelandic
Means "deer" in Icelandic.
Hla m & f Burmese
Means "pretty, favourable" in Burmese.
Hludowig m Ancient Germanic
Germanic form of Ludwig.
Hlynur m Icelandic
Means "maple" in Icelandic.
Hob m Medieval English
Medieval short form of Robert.
Hodei m Basque
Means "cloud" in Basque.
Hoder m Norse Mythology
From Old Norse Hǫðr, derived from hǫð meaning "battle". In Norse mythology he was a blind god, tricked by Loki into killing his brother Balder.
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 Indigenous American, Shawnee
Means "cornstalk" in Shawnee. This was the name of an 18th-century Shawnee chief.
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 Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, German
From the Old Norse name Hólmgeirr, derived from the elements holmr "island" and geirr "spear". In La Chanson de Roland and other medieval French romances, this is the name of one of Charlemagne's knights, also named Ogier. He is said to be from Denmark.
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.
Homer m English, Ancient Greek (Anglicized)
From the Greek name Ὅμηρος (Homeros), derived from ὅμηρος (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.
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.
Honor f & m English (Rare)
Variant of Honour, using the American spelling.
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.
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.
Honza m Czech
Czech form of Hans.
Hopcyn m Welsh
Welsh form of Hopkin.
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.
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.
Hormazd m Persian Mythology
Persian variant form of Ahura Mazda.
Hormisdas m Ancient Persian (Hellenized)
Hellenized form of Hormizd. This was the name of a 6th-century pope.
Hormizd m Persian Mythology, Ancient Persian
Middle Persian form of Ahura Mazda. This name was borne by several rulers of the Sasanian Empire. It was also borne by a Christian saint who was martyred in Persia in the 5th century.
Hormoz m Persian Mythology, Persian
Modern Persian form of Ahura Mazda.
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".
Hortensius m Ancient Roman
Masculine form of Hortensia.
Horus m Egyptian Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Ὧρος (Horos), the Greek form of Egyptian ḥrw (reconstructed as Heru and other forms) possibly from ḥr "above, over" or ḥrj "distant". 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".
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.
Hosee m Biblical Greek
Form of Hoshea (and Hosea) used in the Greek Bible.
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.
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.
Hǫðr m Norse Mythology
Old Norse form of Hoder.
Houssam m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic حسام (see Husam).
Houston m English
From a Scottish surname meaning "Hugh's town". The original Houston is in Scotland near Glasgow, but this is also the name of a city in Texas, named after the Texas president Sam Houston (1793-1863).
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.
Hrihoriy m Ukrainian
Alternate transcription of Ukrainian Григорій (see Hryhoriy).
Hristijan m Macedonian
Macedonian form of Christian.
Hristiyan m Bulgarian
Bulgarian form of Christian.
Hristo m Bulgarian, Macedonian
Bulgarian and Macedonian short form of Christopher or Christian.
Hristofor m Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian (Rare)
Bulgarian, Macedonian and Serbian 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.
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.
Hruodnand m Ancient Germanic
Possible Germanic form of Roland.