Holland

Origin: Dutch, English, Irish Meaning: from Middle Dutch holtland meaning “wooded land” or “wood land”. It’s also derived from an English locational name meaning “ridge land”. I’ve also seen it as being an Anglicized form of Gaelic surname O’hÓileáin from personal name Faolan meaning “wolf”, or the Anglicized form of Ó’hUallacháin meaning “descendent of Uallachán”, the latter meaning…

Helix

Origin: Greek Meaning: referring to “something twisted” or a “spiral”.  

Herodotus

Origin: Greek Meaning: Latinized form of Greek Herodotos from Greek elements heros meaning “hero, warrior” and dotos meaning “given, granted” essentially meaning “gift of the hero” or “given hero” or “given to the hero”. I’ve also seen the name as being “gift of Hera” which could be true- if it was spelled Heradorus, Hera being the name of the…

Hanan

Origin: Hebrew, Arabic, Irish חָנָן (Ancient Hebrew)- Chanan حنان (Arabic)- Hanan Meaning: a masculine Hebrew name meaning “gracious”; there are several minor figures in the Bible with the name. It’s also a feminine Arabic name meaning “mercy, compassion”. Hanan could also be a variant spelling of Irish Hannan from a Gaelic surname of unknown meaning.

Hans

Origin: German, Dutch, Scandinavian Meaning: the German, Dutch and Scandinavian short form of Johannes, the Latin form of John meaning “Yahweh is gracious”. Hansel is another variant of Hans while Hansine is the Danish feminine form of the name.

Hammett

Origin: English Meaning: It could be a diminutive of Hamo/Hamon (the Norman form of Germanic Haimo meaning home) coupled with the French diminutive -ette from French petite “small, little”, meaning “son of Hamo/Hamon”. The prefix Ham could also be from Anglo-Saxon ham referring to the flat wetlands, referring to someone who lived by or near a low-lying meadow….

Hermia

Origin: English, Greek Meaning: a name used by William Shakespeare for A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1595) based on the Greek god Hermes, whose name is probably derived from Greek herma meaning “cairn, pile of stones, boundary marker”. In Greek mythology, Hermes was a Greek god associated with commerce, wrestling and thievery as well as transitions and boundaries. Variants: Hermione,…

Hafsa

Origin: Arabic حفصة (Arabic) Meaning: I’ve seen two different meanings for this name. One is “gathering” and the other is “young lioness”. I’m not sure which of these two is the correct meaning. Variants: Hafsah, Hafza

Hana

Origin: Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Czech, Slovak, Croatian هناء (Arabic) 花 (Japanese) 華 (Japanese) 하나 (Korean) Meaning: Hana is multicultural name with many different meanings. In Arabic it means “bliss, happiness”. In Persian, Farsi and Kurdish, spelled ( حَنا ) it becomes the name of the henna plant while Kurdish  ( هانا ) means “hope”- though the last…

Harmon

Origin: English Meaning: a surname derived from given name Herman meaning “army man” from Germanic elements hari “army” and man “man”.

Hugo

Origin: English Meaning: Latinized form of Hugh meaning “heart, mind, spirit” from Germanic element hug. Hugo is a hunchback working in the carnival in the 9th book (The Carnivorous Carnival).

Hal

Origin: English Meaning: a diminutive of Harry, itself a diminutive of Henry meaning “home ruler” Hal is an old man the Baudelaires meet in the 8th book (The Hostile Hospital) when they get jobs with him in the Library of Records.

Howard

Origin: English Meaning: an English surname derived from several possible sources: it could be from Anglo-Norman Huard, from Germanic Hughard meaning “heart, mind + brave, hard” from Germanic elements hug (heart, mind) and hard (brave, hardy). It could be from Anglo-Scandanavian Haward, from Old Norse Hávarðr meaning “high + guardian, defender” from Old Norse elements há (high) and varðr (guardian, defender). It…

Harley

Origin: English Meaning: a surname from a place name meaning “hare clearing” from Old English hara “hare” and leah “clearing, wood” . Variants: Harli, Harlee, Harleigh

Hector

Origin: Greek ( ‘Εκτωρ ) Meaning: “holding fast” from Greek εχω (echo) meaning “to hold, to possess” Hector is a famous figure in the Iliad, the son of King Priam and the brother of Paris. He was one of Troy’s greatest champions against the Greeks and his death by Achilles ultinately spelled the end of Troy. It’s also…

Harvey

Origin: Breton, English Meaning: an Anglicized form of French Hervé which comes from Breton Haerviu, composed from elements haer “battle” and viu “worthy”, meaning “battleworthy”

Helena

Origin: Greek, Latin Meaning: Latin form of Helen, which comes from Greek helene meaning “torch” or “corposant”, or possibly related to selene meaning “moon” ‘Ελενη (Greek) Helena has different pronounciations depending on where you’re from. It’s he-LE-nah, hay-LAY-nah or he-le-nah. I prefer the he-le-nah pronounciation.

Heather

Origin: English, Scottish Meaning: refers to the variety of small shrubs with pink or white flowers

Horus

Origin: Egyptian Meaning: the Greek form of Egyptian Hrw, reconstructed as Heru or Haru possibly meaning “falcon” or “high” referring to “The distant one” or “One who is high/above” In Egyptian mythology, Horus was the most important of the gods. Seen as the personal god of the reigning monarch at the time, he was also the god of the…

Homer

Origin: Greek Meaning: hostage, pledge