Occupational name meaning "pedlar" in Dutch.
Originally indicated a person from Haanrade, a small village in the south of the province of Limburg in the Netherlands.
HABER German, Jewish
Derived from Middle High German haber
"oats". This was an occupational name for one who grew or sold oats.
From a diminutive of the medieval given name Hake
, which was of Old Norse origin and meant "hook".
Means "son of the pilgrim" from Bulgarian hadjia
"pilgrim", ultimately derived from the Arabic hajj
Derived from Middle German hafen
"pot, dish", referring to a potter.
From a descriptive nickname meaning "wild, untamed, worn".
From Middle High German han, hane
meaning "rooster". It was originally a nickname for a proud and pugnacious person.
Derived from Old English healh
meaning "nook, hollow".
From Irish Ó hAllmhuráin
meaning "descendant of Allmhurán". The given name Allmhurán
means "stranger from across the sea".
Derived from Hungarian halom
meaning "mound, small hill". Originally the name was given to someone who lived near or on a hill.
HAMILTON English, Scottish
From an English place name, derived from the elements hamel
"crooked, mutilated" and dun
"hill". This was the name of a town in Leicestershire, England (which no longer exists).
From the name of a town in England, meaning "homestead farm".
HAN Chinese, Korean
From Chinese 韩 (hán)
referring to the ancient state of Han, which existed from the 5th to 3rd centuries BC in what is now Shanxi and Henan provinces.
From a diminutive of the medieval name HANN
. Early records reveal a Hanecock from the county of Yorkshire who appeared in the Hundred Rolls in the year 1273.
From a place name meaning "hare valley" in Old English.
Derived from the given name HEARD
. A famous bearer was American president Warren G. Harding (1865-1923).
Habitational name from places called Harford, in Gloucestershire and Devon, meaning "hart ford".
Derived from the Old English elements har
meaning "grey" and graefe
Derived from a place name meaning "hare clearing", from Old English hara
"hare" and leah
Habitational name derived from a number of locations named Harlow, from Old English hær
"rock" or here
"army", combined with hlaw
Means "grey lake". It is one of the many water-related surnames in Finland.
Originally belonged to a person who played the harp or who made harps.
Means "male deer". It was originally acquired by a person who lived in a place frequented by harts, or bore some resemblance to a hart.
Diminutive of either hardt
"hardy, tough" or hart
From Middle High German and Middle Low German hase
meaning "hare, rabbit". It is a nickname for a timid person.
Means "rabbit field", from Middle German hase
"rabbit" and kamp
"field". It was documented in the year 1300.
From the given name Hasso
, a diminutive of Germanic names beginning with the element hadu
Habitational name for someone who lived by a path across a heath, from Middle English hathe
"heath" and weye
Derived from Middle High German houwen
"to chop", referring to a butcher or to a woodchopper.
Means "hill" in Norwegian, used by families residing on hilltops.
Means "wood cutter" and is represented in the family crest. It originated in the Riga province of the Netherlands.
From the German word haus
meaning "house", combined with the suffix -er
denoting an inhabitant. It was a reference to a resident of a house with no land.
Originally a nickname for a person who had a hawk-like appearance or who acted in a fierce manner.
HAYDEN (1) English
Derived from place names meaning either "hay valley" or "hay hill", derived from Old English heg
"hay" and denu
"valley" or dun
HAYES (1) English
Denoted a dweller at or near a hedge or hedged enclosure, or the keeper of hedges or fences. A famous bearer was American President Rutherford B. Hayes.
From the name of an English town meaning "hay clearing", from Old English heg
"hay" and leah
Occupational name for a person who protected an enclosed forest. It is from Middle English hay
"enclosure" and ward
Derived from a place name meaning "fenced wood" in Old English.
HEAD (1) English
From Middle English hed
, from Old English heafod
, akin to Old High German houbit
and Latin caput
(both meaning "head"). The surname is occupational and describes the one in charge of a division or department in an office or institution, that is a headmaster.
HEAD (2) English
Referred originally to a person who lived at the head of a river or on a hilltop.
From a place name meaning "heather clearing" in Old English.
Originally belonged to a person who was a dweller on the heath or open land.
Elaboration of heer
which means "lord" or "gentleman" in Dutch, or a patronymic from Heer
, a short form of names that start with the element heri
which means "army", such as HEREWARD
From Irish Ó hIfearnáin
meaning "descendant of Ifearnán". The byname Ifearnán
means "little demon".
From the German given name Heidenreich
(nowadays merely used as a surname) which comes from the Old High German words heidan
meaning "heathen", and reich
Derived from the German given name Hellwig
, which is a newer form of both Helmwig
meaning "helmet and battle" and HEILWIG
Means "son of HENRY
". A bearer of this surname was the poet Robert Henryson (1425-1500).
HEPBURN Scottish, English
From a place name meaning "high burial mound" in Old English. Famous bearers of the name include Hollywood actresses Katherine Hepburn and Audrey Hepburn. Mary Queen of Scot's infamous third husband, James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwall, also bore the name.
HERSCHEL German, Yiddish
Diminutive form of HIRSCH (1)
or HIRSCH (2)
. A famous bearer was the British astronomer William Herschel (1738-1822), as well as his sister Caroline Herschel (1750-1848) and son John Herschel (1792-1871), also noted scientists.
Derived from German herz
meaning "heart", a nickname for a big-hearted person.
From a nickname meaning "tallest" in Middle English. It is most common in the southwest of England in the county of Devon.
Anglicized form of Irish Ó hÍcidhe
meaning "descendant of the healer".
From Irish Ó hUiginn
which means "descendant of Uiginn". Uiginn
is a byname meaning "Viking".
Originally given to a person who lived on or near a hill, derived from Old English hyll
Refers to a settlement (meaning "hill town") where the original bearer of the name lived. Famous bearers of this name include the Hilton family of hotel heirs.
From Japanese 緋 (hi)
meaning "scarlet, dark red" and 村 (mura)
meaning "town, village".
Anglicized form of Irish Ó hEidhin
meaning "descendant of Eidhin", a given name or byname of unknown origin.
HIRSCH (1) German
Means "deer, hart" in German. This was a nickname for a person who resembled a deer in some way, or who raised or hunted deer.
Variant of HOBBS
. A famous bearer of this name was British political philosopher Thomas Hobbes, the author of 'Leviathan'.
From the old profession of hoedemaker
, the person who made hoeden
) meaning "hat" in Dutch.
Frisian surname meaning "from the corner" or "corner farm".
Occupational surname meaning "farmer" in German.
From Middle High German hove(s)man
meaning "farmer, owner of a farmstead".
Means "master of the household", from Middle German hof
"household, court" and meister
From Irish Ó hÓgáin
meaning "descendant of Ógán". The given name Ógán
is a diminutive of óg
From a place name meaning "hog pen". It was first recorded in North Yorkshire.
Means "to be happy, to enjoy oneself" from Spanish holger
Derived from any of the eight villages named Holland, located in the counties of Essex, Lancaster and Lincoln, England. The name of the villages means "ridge land" in Old English.
Refers to someone living by a holly tree. The name originates from Cheshire in the North of England.
HOLME English, Scottish
Refers either to someone living by an island in a fen (from northern Middle English holm
) or near a holly tree (Middle English holm
HOLMES English, Scottish
Variant of HOLME
. A famous fictional bearer was Sherlock Holmes, a detective in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's mystery stories beginning in 1887.
Means "islet stream" (from Swedish holme
"islet" and ström
Old English meaning "holly wood" or from a place name in Derby or Surrey.
HOLST Danish, Low German, Dutch
Referred originally to a person from the region of Holstein (between Germany and Denmark). A famous bearer of this name was the English composer Gustav Holst (1874-1934).
Means "a person who lives near a forest" in German.
Occupational name for a woodworker's apprentice, from Old German holz
"wood" and knecht
Derived from German holz
"wood" and mann
"man". The name was given to someone who lived close to a wood, or worked with wood.
From Japanese 本 (hon)
meaning "root, origin, source" and 田 (ta)
Derived from the name of the English town Hunnacott. The name of the town is probably derived from Old English hunig
Originally applied to one who lived near a spur, river bend, or corner of some natural feature.
Occupational name for someone who put the metal hoops around wooden barrels.
Name for a land-owner, from Old German huoba
, a measure of land.
Derived from Middle English hop
Referred to a person who hopped. The name was given to professional acrobats or gymnasts at a fair. It may also have been given to those who were nervous or fidgety and therefore moved about a lot. A famous bearer is American actor Denis Hopper.
HORN English, German, Norwegian, Danish
From the Germanic word horn
meaning "horn". This was an occupational name for one who carved objects out of horn or who played a horn, or a person who lived near a horn-shaped geographical feature, such as a mountain or a bend in a river.
HOROWITZ German, Jewish
From the German name for Horovice
, a town in the Central Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic.
Derived from a place in Yorkshire meaning "horse clearing".
From the name of a town in Yorkshire meaning "mud town".
Derived from the medieval German region of Huc, located in northeastern Germany.
Referred to a person who lived in a house, as opposed to a smaller hut.
Means "forest man" from Dutch hout
"forest", so it is very likely that the first bearer of this surname was a man who lived in the forest.
Name for one who lived on a hill, from Middle English how
Derived from the Czech word hrabe
"count". The name was perhaps used to denote a servant of a count.
Means "pear" in Czech. It was most likely used to denote a person who grew or sold pears.
From Chinese 胡 (hú)
meaning "beard, whiskers, recklessly, wildly, barbarian".
From Middle High German huober
meaning "man who owns a hube" (a hube
is a piece of land of 30-60 acres). This name is from southern Germany.
From the name of a town Huddleston in the Yorkshire region of England. It means "Hudel's town".
From the Old English place name Hudanheale
meaning "Huda's heath" or "nook of land belonging to a man called Huda". Its use can be traced back to around the year 1200.
Means "garden, small orchard" in Spanish, ultimately from Latin hortus