Helah

Helah is the name of a figure in the Bible, one of two wives of Ashur, the name of two men in the Bible, including the grandson of Noah, who lived in Assyria. Helah means “rust” or even possibly “sick, diseased” or “weak”. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Hela (English)  

Halia, Halya, Hali’a

Halia is the name of several figures in Greek mythology, including a sea nymph who lived on the island of Rhodes (named after her daughter Rhodos by Poseidon). She also had six sons with him. When her sons refused to allow Aphrodite to land on the island, she drove them into a madness that caused them to rape their…

Hara

Hara is another name for the god Shiva in Hindu mythology, which comes from Sanskrit meaning “seizer, destroyer”. Harihara is a name used to refer to the fused state of Vishnu (Hari) and Shiva (Hara) Hara is also a Japanese surname written with the kanji 原 meaning “meadow, plain, field”, likely originating as a locational name, though there are likely…

Houston

Houston is the name of a city in Texas as well as several other places. It originated from a Scottish surname, a locational name for someone who came from a place called Houston in Glasgow, Scotland. The name is made up from the given name Hugh meaning “heart, thought, mind, spirit” derived from Proto-Germanic element *hugiz (mind; thought; understanding) which…

Hemera

Hemera is the name of a goddess in Greek mythology, the personification of the daytime, and the wife of Aether, god of the upper sky (who was also her brother). They are the children of Erebus (the personification of darkness) and Nyx (goddess of the night). Her name means “day”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Hernán

Hernán is a Spanish male name, a shortened form of Hernando, the medieval Spanish form of Ferdinand, made up from Germanic elements  fardi (journey) and nand (daring, brave) essentially meaning “dangerous journey” or “brave journey”; alternatively, the first part of the name could be derived from Germanic frið meaning “peace” which would change the meaning to “peaceful journey” or “peaceful traveler”. Hernán is…

Havelock

Havelock comes from an English surname, the medieval English form of Old Norse Hafleikr meaning “sea sport”, made up from Old Norse haf (sea, ocean) and leikr (play; game; sport). Havelock is also the name of a cloth covering a for a cap, a cloth that covers and protects the ears and back of the neck; it was named…

Henriette

Henriette is the French form of Henri, the French form of Henry meaning “home ruler”, made up from Germanic elements heim (home) and ric (power, rule), both of which derive from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants Henrietta (English, Hungarian, Finnish, Swedish, Dutch) Henriëtte (Dutch) Harriet (English) Harriett (English) Harriette (English) Harrietta (English) Henrike (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish) Hendrika (Dutch) Hendrina…

Hannah

Hannah is a female given name which comes from Hebrew Channah meaning “favor, grace”; it’s also an English surname originating from the given name. As a Scottish surname it could be a variant of Hannay, a name of uncertain origin though it seems to derive from a locational name. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Chanah (Hebrew) Chana (Hebrew) Channah (Biblical…

Hesper

Hesper is the English form of Hesperia, the Latin and Ancient Greek feminine form of Hesperos meaning “evening; western”. In Greek mythology, Hesperos is the personification of the evening star, which refers to the planet Venus. The Hesperides (belonging to Hesperus) refers to a group of nymphs, the daughters of either Atlas or Hesperos, who were the nymphs of evening and the golden…