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 “proud” or “arrogant” (the surnames have also been Anglicized as Houlihan and Holohan).

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 Greek goddess with doron being the Greek element meaning “gift”while dotos is the Greek element meaning “given, granted”.

Variants: Herodotos (Greek)

There was a Greek historian in the fifth century B.C. named Herodotus known as the father of history.

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.

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.

Variants: Hammet

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, Hermes (m)

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 two are based on shaky evidence. Hana is also a place name in Iran.

Hana is also a Japanese name meaning “flower”.

It’s also a Korean name meaning “one”.

Hana is also the Czech, Slovak and Croatian form of Hannah meaning “favor” or “grace”.

According to Wikipedia, Hana means “moon” in Albanian.

In Hawaiian, Hana means “craft” or work” as well as being a place name in Maui.

In Maori, it means “to shine, glow, radiate, give out heat” as a verb and “flame, glow, warmth, heat, radiance” as a noun.

Hana could also be a variant spelling of Hannah.

Variants: Hanaa (Arabic); Ha-na (Korean)

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 could also be an old Middle English term ewehirde meaning “ewe herder”

Diminutive forms of the name are Howie/Howey and Ward.

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 the name of King Arthur’s foster father (also known as Ector)

Variants: Hektor

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.

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 sky, light, law and war, as well as war and hunting. Horus was the son of Osiris and Isis, who was conceived after his father’s murder at the hands of Set when Isis managed to retrieve most of the dismembered pieces of her husband, who only stayed alive long enough to conceive a son, who later avenged his father’s death and took back his rightful place on the throne.

Horus is often depicted as having a falcon’s head.