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

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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, 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, 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)  

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

Earth, Elements, Emotion/Feelings, H names, Japanese, Joy, Male, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Hiroyuki

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;… Continue reading Hiroyuki

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)  

Ancient Germanic, Animals, English, H names, Lamb/Sheep, Male, Middle English, Old Norse, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Howard

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… Continue reading Howard

Etruscan, H names, Latin, Male, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Seasons, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Horatio

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… Continue reading Horatio

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