Arabic, Female, H names, Male, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Hayat

Hayat comes from Arabic meaning "life" and is used as a unisex given name in Arabic, Turkish, and Persian. It's also an Arabic surname derived from the given name. Origin: Arabic Variants: Hayet   Hayat- حیات (Arabic, Persian)

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Brown, Color, Female, Food, H names, Hazelnut, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Word names, Yellow

Hazel

Hazel is the name of a tree and the name of a light-brown or yellowish-brown color. The origin of the word comes from Old English hæsel (hazel) via Proto-Germanic *hasalaz (hazel) which derives from a PIE root word. Hazel is also an English surname likely derived as a place name for someone who lived near a hazelnut… Continue reading Hazel

Animals, Deer/Roe, H names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Stag, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Herschel

Herschel is a variant spelling of Hershel, originating as a pet form of Hirsh, a Yiddish male name meaning "deer". Apparently, the deer was commonly associated with the tribe of Naphtali. Herschel is also a German surname which may not only be derived from Yiddish Hirsh but it could also derived from German Hirsch which also means "deer, stag", originally an occupational… Continue reading Herschel

Animals, Female, H names, Hare/Rabbit, Male, Nature, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex

Harley

Harley comes from an English surname derived from a place name meaning "hare clearing" or "hare wood" made up from Old English hara (hare) derived from a PIE root word, and lēah (wood, clearing) also derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Harli (English) Harlee (English) Harlie (English) Harleigh (English)  

Battle/War, H names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Herbert

Herbert is an English male name meaning "bright army" made up from Germanic elements hari (army) from Proto-Germanic *harjaz (army) derived from a PIE root word; and beraht (bright) via Proto-Germanic *berhtaz (bright, shining) also derived from a PIE root word. Herbert is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Herb, Herbie, Bert, Bertie/Berty Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Heribert (Germanic) Haribert (Ancient… Continue reading Herbert

Animals, Bears/Bear cubs, H names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Humphrey

Humphrey is an English male name meaning either "peaceful warrior" or "peaceful bear cub", made up from Germanic elements hun (warrior, bear cub) and frid (peace). Humphrey is also an English surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Humphry (English) Hunfrid (Ancient Germanic) Onfroi (Medieval French) Hunfrith (Anglo-Saxon)  

Animals, H names, Male, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Stag, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Hartley

Hartley is an English male name derived from an English surname meaning "hart clearing". It's made up from Old English heorot (stag) via Proto-Germanic *herutaz (stag, deer) derived from PIE *ḱerh₂- (horn); and lēah (wood, clearing, meadow), also derived from a PIE root word. Hartley is also an anglicized form of Gaelic surname Ó hArtghaile meaning "descendant of Artghal", the latter a personal Irish male… Continue reading Hartley

Female, Greek mythology, H names, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European

Hermione

Hermione is the name of the daughter of Menelaus and Helen. She was originally betrothed to her cousin Orestes either by her grandfather Tyndareus or her father Menelaus, though Menelaus later promised her to the son of Achilles and Deidamia, Neoptolemus. However, there were some bad feelings between Hermione and Andromache, the concubine of Neoptolemus who was brought back from Troy as a prize (and was the wife of Hector) in which Hermione blamed her… Continue reading Hermione

Female, H names, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Word names

Holly

Holly refers to a genus of shrubs or trees which comes from Old English holen, holegn (holly) which comes from Proto-Germanic *hulisaz (butcher's broom; holly) derived from  a PIE root word. Holly is also an Irish surname, an anglicized form of Mac Cuilinn meaning "son of Cuilinn", the latter derived from Irish cuilinn meaning "holly" also derived from the same origin as above;… Continue reading Holly

Animals, Birds, English, H names, Hawk, Male, Old English, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Word names

Hawk

Hawk refers to a group of predatory virds in the Accipitridae family. The name comes from Middle English hauk via Old English hafoc (hawk) from Proto-Germanic *habukaz (hawk) which seems to be derived from PIE root word *keh₂p- (to seize, to grab). As an English verb it's also used to refer to wares that are being peddled or advertised for sales. Hawk is also… Continue reading Hawk

Female, Greek mythology, H names, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Hecate

Hecate (pr. hek-a-tee or hee-kate) is the name of a goddess in Greek mythology often associated with magic, witchcraft, crossroads, the night, moon, and the underworld. Though her name is of uncertain meaning it's often been associated with Greek hekas meaning "far away" so the name would essentially mean "one who works from afar" or "the far-reaching one". It's also been… Continue reading Hecate

Female, Gaelic, German/Germanic, H names, Male, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex

Hayden

Hayden comes from an English surname derived from a place name meaning "hay valley" or "hay hill" derived from Old English elements heg (hay) and either denu (valley) or dun (hill). Hayden is also an anglicized form of Irish surname Ó hÉideáin and Ó hÉidín meaning "descendant of Éideán", the latter a diminutive of Irish éideadh meaning "clothes, armor, dress, garb". Hayden could also be an… Continue reading Hayden

Female, H names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Hope

Hope is a virtue name expressing the attitude, desire or belief that something good or wished for will happen. It comes from Old English hopa, hopian which derives from a PIE root word. Hope is also a Scottish and English surname derived from a habitational name for someone who lived in a small, enclosed valley; it derives… Continue reading Hope

Algonquian, Female, H names, Male, Native American, Nature, Unisex, Word names

Hickory

Hickory is the name of a type of tree in the genus Carya found in North America and East Asia, its wood considered strong and tough with edible nuts The name comes from Algonquian (perhaps Powhatan), a shortened form of pockerchicory or a similar word to it, of unknown meaning. Nicknames: Hick Origin: Native American Variants: Hickorie (English)  

Female, H names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Helga

Helga is a Scandinavian female name, the feminine form of Helge meaning "holy, blessed" from heilagr (holy, blessed) which comes from Proto-Germanic *hailagaz (holy, blessed) which is composed from *hailaz (healthy, sound; whole, unbroken; complete) derived from PIE *kóylos (healthy, whole); and *-gaz, an adjective used to denote something meaning "of being, having, or doing". Nicknames: Olya (Russian diminutive of Olga) Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Hella (Swedish,… Continue reading Helga

Arabic, H names, Male, Physical Attributes, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Hassan

Hassan is an Arabic male name with two different meanings depending on the spelling used. Spelled Hassan حسّان it means "doer of good" while Hassan/Hasan حسن means "handsome, comely, good, to be good"; both names derive from the same root word related to goodness. Hassan is also an Arabic surname derived from the given name. Origin: Arabic Variants:… Continue reading Hassan

Greek mythology, H names, Male, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Sun, Virtues/Attributes

Helios

Helios is the Greek god of the sun and a Titan who was often depicted as a handsome man who drove a chariot drawn by four winged horses across the sky. He is also the father of the Heliades, his daughters by the Oceanid nymph Clymene, and the father of Phaethon who reluctantly allowed his son to drive… Continue reading Helios

Female, Greek mythology, H names, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Sun

Helia

Helia is the feminine form of Helios which means "sun" in Ancient Greek. It comes from Proto-Hellenic *hāwélios (sun) from PIE *sóh₂wl̥ (sun). In Greek mythology, Helia is the name of one of the Heliades (children of the sun), the daughters of Helios by Clymene, a sea nymph. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Male forms: Helios (Ancient Greek) Helius (Latinized Ancient Greek) Elio (Italian)