Hermes is the name of the Greek god of commerce and trade, known as the trickster god and the protector of thieves, travelers, and athletes, as well as a messenger of the gods and the god of boundaries. He guided the souls of the dead to the underworld. The son of Zeus and Maia, one of the Pleiades, the day after his birth when he was just an infant, Hermes stole his half-brother Apollo’s cattle. When Apollo tracked him down, Hermes gave him a lyre he had just invented from the shell of a tortoise as an apology. He is the father of Autolycus, the Prince of Thieves, and the great-grandfather of the hero Odysseus. Although the etymology of the name has been linked to Greek herma meaning “cairn, pile of stones, boundary marker” it could also be related to Proto-European *ser “to bind, put together”; or it could be related to an older word of non-European origin.
Hermes is also a surname, either derived from the name of the Greek god or it could be a Germanic matronynic surname from the given name Ermens, a short form of either Ermelendis (derived from Germanic elements ermen “whole, universal” and linde “soft, tender”) or Ermgart (likely a short form of Ermengarde, also a Germanic name from Germanic ermen “whole, universal” and garde “enclosure”). As a French surname, it could have arisen as a topographic name for someone who lived in a deserted spot or a patch of barren land from Greek eremia “desert, desolate, lonely uninhabited” and the local suffix –ès.
Origin: Ancient Greek, Proto-European, Ancient Germanic
- Hermès (French)
- Ermes (Italian)
- Ermete (Italian)
- Ermis (Modern Greek)
- Hermione (Ancient Greek)
- Hermia (English)
Hamilton comes from a surname derived from the name of a town that no longer exists in Leicestershire, England. It means “crooked hill” from Old English hamel (crooked, mutilated) and dun (hill).
Origin: Old English
Harlan comes from an English surname made up of Old English elements hara (hare), har (gray), hær (rock) and land (land) so the name essentially means “hare land”, “rock land” or “gray land”.
Origin: Old English
Hussein is a variant spelling of Husayn, a diminutive of Hasan meaning “handsome, beautiful, comely, good, goodly”. It’s also a surname originating from the given name.
- Husayn (Arabic)
- Husain (Arabic)
- Hussain (Arabic)
- Hisein (Arabic)
- Hasan (Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali, Indonesian)
- Hossein (Persian)
- Hüseyn (Azerbaijani)
- Husein (Bosnian)
- Khasan (Chechen, Ossetian, Circassian, Ingush, Tatar, Bashkir)
- Hüseyin (Turkish)
Haroun is the Arabic form of Aaron, possibly meaning “high mountain”, “bright” or “exalted”, though the etymology behind the name is uncertain. It seems more likely that it comes from an Egyptian origin whose meaning has long since been lost. However, according to Wiktionary, it’s likely related to an Ancient Egyptian aha rw meaning “warrior lion” although considering it’s the only source I’ve found that lists it so, I don’t know how accurate that is. In fact I’m almost positive it’s not an accurate etymology, but it would be so cool if it were. Haroun is also a surname deriving from the given name.
Origin: Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian
- Harun (Arabic, Turkish, Bosnian)
- Haroon (Urdu, Arabic)
- Aaron (English, Hebrew)
- Arron (English)
- Aaren (English)
- Aerin (English)
- Aron (Polish, Croatian, Scandinavian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic)
- Aarón (Spanish)
- Áron (Hungarian)
Haydn is a German surname meaning “pagan” or “heathen” from German Heide, which also means “heath, heathland”. It’s also been used as a variant spelling of Hayden, derived from Old English elements heg (hay) and denu (valley) or dun (hill) meaning “hay valley” or “hay hill”.
Origin: Old English, Germanic
Heinz is a diminutive of Heinrich though it can be used as a given name on its own, the German form of Henry meaning “home ruler” from Germanic elements heim (home) and ric (ruler). Heinz is also a surname originating from the given name.
- Heinrich (German)
- Henry (English)
Hedwin could be a variant spelling of Heddwyn, a Welsh male name meaning “blessed peace” or “fair, white peace” from Welsh elements hedd (peace) and gwyn (white, fair, blessed). Hedwin has also been used as a female name, perhaps from a Germanic name meaning “battle bliss” or “battle joy” from Germanic element hadu (battle) and Anglo-Saxon wynn (joy, bliss). It could also simply be a variant of Hedwig meaning “battle war”.
Origin: Welsh, Ancient Germanic
- Heddwen (Welsh female form of Heddwyn).
Haru is a Japanese unisex name (as well as a word) meaning “spring” 春 and is also used as a name element in names like Haruko, a female name meaning 春子 “spring child”; Haruna meaning 春菜 “spring vegetables, greens”, 春渚 “spring + beach, shore, strand”; or Haruka meaning 遥 “far off, distant”, 春香 “spring + fragrance”, 春花 “spring flower”, or 春佳 “spring + beautiful/good/excellent”, or other various meanings. Haru also means 陽 (sun) and 晴 (clear up, clear weather), though there are likely other meanings.
- Haruko (f)
- Haruna (f)
- Haruka (u)
Hikaru is a Japanese unisex name meaning “light” with the kanji 光 or “brightness” with the kanji 輝. Because it’s a unisex name, some kanji characters are used specifically for females while others are used for males only. Some kanji characters used for females are: 光佳留 “light + beautiful, good, excellent + to stay, to keep, to remain, to study abroad”; 光流 “light + to flow, current, flow, stream; to drift, to wander”; 光海 “light + sea, ocean”; 光留 “light + to stay, to keep, to remain, to study abroad”; 妃夏瑠 “a ruler’s wife, queen, empress + summer + precious stone, gem, lapis lazuli”; 妃華瑠 “a rulers wife, queen, empress + flower, splendor + precious stone, gem, lapis lazuli”; 妃香瑠 “a ruler’s wife, queen, empress + fragrance, fragrant + precious stone, gem, lapis lazuli”; while some kanji used for men are: 光琉 “light + precious stone, gem, lapis lazuli”; 太陽 “sun”; 晃 “clear”; and 流星 “to flow, current, flow, stream; to drift, to wander + star”; 弘明 “to spread, enlarge, expand, great + clear, tomorrow, bright”; and many more depending on the kanji.