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, 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)  

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

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

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)  

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

Heather

Heather refers to a variety of small shrubs with pink or white flowers which commonly grow in rocky places. The name comes from Old English hather, hæddre, of uncertain origin and meaning, though it seems the spelling was changed to resemble heath which refers to a tract of uncultivated land or a wasteland overgrown with shrubs; the name derives from Old… Continue reading Heather

Ancient Greek, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, H names, Moon, Mythology, Virtues/Attributes

Helen

Helen is the English form of Helene, an Ancient Greek name of uncertain etymology though it’s been linked to Greek helene meaning “torch” or “corposant”, though it might also be linked to selene meaning “moon”. In Greek mythology, Helen was the daughter of Zeus and Leda, considered to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. Her kidnapping by Paris led to the ten year Trojan… Continue reading Helen

Ancient Greek, Female, H names, Male, Moon, Sun, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Halo

Halo (also known as a nimbus)  refers to a circular band of light around the head of a person, usually a saint or an idealized person, and usually represents glory, sanctity, and veneration. It's also used to refer to a circle of light visible around the sun and the moon caused by the reflection and… Continue reading Halo

Cornish, Female, H names, Male, Nature, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Heligan

Heligan comes from a Cornish word meaning "willow; willow tree". It's the name of the Lost Gardens of Heligan which originally belonged to the Tremayne family but was neglected during World War I but which were later rediscovered and restored. Origin: Cornish Variants: Helygen (Cornish)  

Arabic, Earth, Elements, Female, H names, Hebrew, Place names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Hajar

Hajar is the Arabic form of Hagar, a female name of uncertain meaning and origin. It's been linked to Hebrew meaning "to flee" and "flight", or perhaps meaning "to drag away" or "stranger, foreigner". Hagar was the Egyptian handmaid of Sarah and the mother of Ishmael by Abraham. Hajar is also an Arabic word meaning "to emigrate" as well as also resembling… Continue reading Hajar

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

Haven

Haven comes from an English word referring to a harbor or port, or any place that is used as a refuge or shelter. Basically it connotes a sense of safety and shelter. The word comes from Old English hæfen meaning "inlet; harbor, port" derived from Proto-Germanic *habnō (harbor; haven) related to Proto-Germanic *habą meaning "sea" from Proto-Indo-European *keh₂p- (to seize; to grab).… Continue reading Haven

Emotion/Feelings, Female, H names, Joy, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Hilary

Hilary is the English form of Hilarius and Hilaria, both an Ancient Roman name meaning "happy, cheerful" from Latin hilaris via Ancient Greek hilarós from hílaos (gracious, merciful; kind, mild, gentle) deriving from a Proto-Indo-European root word. Hilary was once a very popular male name before becoming more common for women in the 20th century. Hilary is also a surname originating from the given name.… Continue reading Hilary

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

Hollis

Hollis comes from an English surname, derived from a place name in reference to someone who lived near a place with holly trees. It comes from Old English holegn meaning "holly" which may possibly be derived from Proto-Indo-European *kel- (to prick). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Hollys (English)