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…


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)  


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:…


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…


Hezekiah is a Hebrew male name meaning “Yahweh strengthens” or “Yahweh will strengthen”. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Hizkiah (Hebrew, Biblical) Ezekias (Biblical Greek) Ezechias (Biblical Latin) Chizqiyahu (Hebrew) Hizkiyyah (Hebrew)    


Hiroyuki is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: “doctor, PhD; exposition, fair; command, esteem; win acclaim + of; this” (博之); “doctor, PhD; exposition, fair; command, esteem; win acclaim + going; journey” (博行); “doctor; PhD; exposition, fair; command, esteem; win acclaim + happiness; blessing; fortune” (博幸); “abundant; rich;…


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…


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)  


Howard comes from an English surname with several possible sources: it may be derived from Anglo-Norman Huard from Germanic name Hughard meaning “brave heart” from hug (heart, mind) and hard (brave, hardy); it may also be derived from Anglo-Scandinavian Haward derived from Old Norse Hávarðr meaning “high guardian” or “high defender” from Old Norse elements há (high) and varðr (guardian, defender); it may also be derived from Middle English ewehirde meaning “ewe…


Horatio is the English form of Horatius, an Ancient Roman family name that could possibly be derived from Latin hora meaning “hour, time, season”, although it’s more likely that the name is Etruscan in origin and its real meaning lost. Horatio is also the name of a character in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, as well as also being a…


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)….


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….


Harisha is an Indian male name meaning “lord of monkeys” made up from Sanskrit elements hari and isha (lord). In Sanskrit hari means “tawny, yellow, brown, green” which extends to animals of the same coloring such as a lion, horse, or monkey. It derives from a Proto-Indo-European source, *ǵʰelh₃- (to shine; to flourish; green, yellow). In Hindu mythology, Hari is another name for the gods Vishnu and Krishna….


Hamish is an anglicized form of Sheumais, the vocative case of Seumas, itself the Scottish form of James, the English form of Late Latin Iacomus via Greek Iakobos, which comes from the Hebrew name Ya’aqov (English form Jacob) meaning “holder of the heel” or “supplanter”. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Seumas (Scots Gaelic) Sheumais (Scots Gaelic) James (English)  


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)  


Hector is the name of the Trojan hero, the son of King Priam and Queen Hecuba, and the husband of Andromache. He was the most beloved warrior in Troy and considered noble, virtuous, and dutiful. Hector was killed by Achilles and his body dragged around by a chariot (though his body was preserved by Apollo…


Harrison is an English surname, originally a patrynomic name meaning “son of Harry“, Harry being a medieval form of Henry meaning “home ruler” from Germanic elements heim (home) and ric (ruler, power). Origin: Ancient Germanic Variants: Harryson (English) Harry (English)  


Henry comes from Germanic given name Heimirich meaning “home ruler” from Germanic elements heim (home) and ric (power, rule). It’s also a surname derived form the given name. Shakespeare wrote several historical plays about King Henry IV, Henry V, and Henry VI of England. Origin: Ancient Germanic Variants: Heimirich (Ancient Germanic) Heinrich (Ancient Germanic, German) Henricus (Dutch, Latinized Ancient Germanic) Henrik…


Hannibal is the name of a famous Carthaginian general who is considered one of the greatest military generals in history and caused the Ancient Romans great fear. His name comes from Phoenician haan (grace) combined with the name Ba’al meaning “grace of Ba’al”, Ba’al being the name of the chief god of the Phoenician pantheon which means “lord, husband”. Hannibal…


Herman is a male name made up of Germanic elements hari (army) and man (man) meaning “army man”. It’s also a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Germanic Variants: Hermann (German) Hermanus (Dutch, Ancient Germanic) Hariman (Ancient Germanic) Hermanni (Finnish) Armand (French) Ármann (Icelandic) Armando (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese) Ermanno (Italian) German (Russian)