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HAAK     Dutch
Occupational name meaning "pedlar" in Dutch.
HAAKONSSON     Norwegian
Means "son of HÅKON".
Originally indicated a person from Haanrade, a small village in the south of the province of Limburg in the Netherlands.
Variant of HAANRAADS.
Variant of HAANRAADS.
HAAS     Dutch, German
Variant of HASE.
HAASE     German
Variant of HASE.
HABER     German, Jewish
Derived from Middle High German haber "oats". This was an occupational name for one who grew or sold oats.
HABICH     German
German cognate of HAWK.
HABICHT     German
German cognate of HAWK.
HACKETT     English
From a diminutive of the medieval given name Hake, which was of Old Norse origin and meant "hook".
HADAWAY     English
Variant of HATHAWAY.
HADEN     English, Irish
Variant of HAYDEN (1).
HADJIEV     Bulgarian
Variant transcription of HADZHIEV.
HADZHIEV     Bulgarian
Means "son of the pilgrim" from Bulgarian хаджия (hadzhiya) meaning "pilgrim", ultimately derived from Arabic حجّي (hajji).
Variant of HAANRAADS.
HAFNER     German
Derived from Middle German hafen "pot, dish", referring to a potter.
HAGEBAK     Norwegian
Norwegian for "garden on a hill".
HAGEN     Norwegian, Dutch
From Old Norse hagi or Old Dutch hago meaning "enclosure, pasture".
HAGGARD     English
From a descriptive nickname meaning "wild, untamed, worn".
HAGOPIAN     Armenian
Means "son of HAGOP" in Armenian.
HAHN     German
From Middle High German han, hane meaning "rooster". It was originally a nickname for a proud and pugnacious person.
HAIG     English, Scottish
From Old English haga or Old Norse hagi meaning "enclosure, pasture".
HAIGHT     English
Given to someone who lived at the top of a hill.
HAILEY     English
Variant of HAYLEY.
HAINES     English
Variant of HAYNES.
HAJEK     Czech
Means "thicket" in Czech.
HAJÓS     Hungarian
Means "boatman" in Hungarian.
HAKIM     Arabic
Derived from the given name HAKIM.
HALÁSZ     Hungarian
Means "fisherman" in Hungarian.
HALE     English
Derived from Old English healh meaning "nook, hollow".
HALEY     English
Variant of HAYLEY.
HALL     English, German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
Means simply "hall", given to one who either lived in or worked in a hall (the house of a medieval noble).
HALLE     German
German variant of HALL.
HALLMAN     English, Swedish
Occupational variant of HALL.
HALLORAN     Irish
From Irish Ó hAllmhuráin meaning "descendant of Allmhurán". The given name Allmhurán means "stranger from across the sea".
HALMI     Hungarian
Derived from Hungarian halom meaning "mound, small hill". Originally the name was given to someone who lived near or on a hill.
HALVORSEN     Norwegian
Means "son of HALVOR".
HAMASAKI     Japanese
From Japanese (hama) meaning "beach, seashore" and (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula".
HAMELDON     English, Scottish
Variant of HAMILTON.
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).
HAMM     English
Means "river meadow" in Old English.
HAMPSON     English
Means "son of HAMO".
HAMPTON     English
From the name of a town in England, meaning "homestead farm".
HAN     Chinese, Korean
From Chinese (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.
HANCOCK     English
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.
HANEGAN     Irish
Variant of O'HANNAGAIN.
HANIGAN     Irish
Variant of O'HANNAGAIN.
HANLEY     English
Means "high meadow" in Old English.
HANNIGAN     Irish
Variant of O'HANNAGAIN.
HANNIGEN     Irish
Variant of O'HANNAGAIN.
HANRAETS     Dutch
Variant of HAANRAADS.
HANSEN (1)     Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Frisian
Means "son of HANS".
HANSEN (2)     Danish
Means "son of HANS".
HANSON     English
Means "son of HANN".
HANSSON     Swedish
Means "son of HANS".
HARALAMPIEV     Bulgarian
Means "son of Haralampi", Haralampi being the Bulgarian form of CHARALAMPOS.
HARALDSSON     Norwegian
Means "son of HARALD".
HARDEN     English
From a place name meaning "hare valley" in Old English.
HARDIE     Scottish
Scottish form of HARDY.
HARDING     English
Derived from the given name HEARD. A famous bearer was American president Warren G. Harding (1865-1923).
HARDWICK     English
From Old English heord "herd" and wíc "village, town".
HARDY     English, French
From Old French hardi meaning "bold, daring".
HAREL     Jewish
Means in Hebrew "mountain of God".
HARFORD     English
Habitational name from places called Harford, in Gloucestershire and Devon, meaning "hart ford".
HARGRAVE     English
Derived from the Old English elements har meaning "grey" and graefe "thicket".
HARLAN     English
Variant of HARLAND.
HARLAND     English
From a place name meaning "hare land" in Old English.
HARLEY     English
Derived from a place name meaning "hare clearing", from Old English hara "hare" and leah "woodland, clearing".
HARLOW     English
Habitational name derived from a number of locations named Harlow, from Old English hær "rock" or here "army", combined with hlaw "hill".
Means "grey lake". It is one of the many water-related surnames in Finland.
HARMAN     English, French, German
Variant of HERMANN.
HARMON     English
From the given name HERMAN.
HAROLDSON     English
Means "son of HAROLD".
HARPER     English
Originally belonged to a person who played the harp or who made harps.
HARRELL     English
From the given name HAROLD.
HARRELSON     English
Variant of HAROLDSON. A famous bearer of this surname is the American actor Woody Harrelson.
HARRIS     English
Means "son of HARRY".
HARRISON     English
Means "son of HARRY".
HART     English
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.
HARTELL     English
Diminutive of either hardt "hardy, tough" or hart "male deer".
HARTMANN     German
From the German given name HARTMANN.
HARVEY     English
From the Breton given name Haerviu (see HARVEY).
HASE     German
From Middle High German and Middle Low German hase meaning "hare, rabbit". It is a nickname for a timid person.
HASEK     German
Means "hare" from the German word haase.
HASENKAMP     German
Means "rabbit field", from Middle German hase "rabbit" and kamp "field". It was documented in the year 1300.
HASHEMI     Persian
From the given name HASHEM.
HASHIMOTO     Japanese
From Japanese (hashi) meaning "bridge" and (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
HASS     German
From the given name Hasso, a diminutive of Germanic names beginning with the element hadu meaning "combat".
HATHAWAY     English
Habitational name for someone who lived by a path across a heath, from Middle English hathe "heath" and weye "way".
HATHEWAY     English
Variant of HATHAWAY.
HATHOWAY     English
Variant of HATHAWAY.
HAUER     German
Derived from Middle High German houwen "to chop", referring to a butcher or to a woodchopper.
HAUGEN     Norwegian
Means "hill" in Norwegian, used by families residing on hilltops.
HAUMANN     Dutch
Means "wood cutter" and is represented in the family crest. It originated in the Riga province of the Netherlands.
HAUPT     German
German cognate of HEAD (1) or HEAD (2).
HAUSLER     German
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.
HAVEL     Czech
Derived from the given name HAVEL.
HAVELKA     Czech
Means "son of HAVEL" in Czech.
HAVENER     German
Variant of HAFNER.
HAVLÍČEK     Czech
Diminutive form of HAVEL.
HAVRYLYUK     Ukrainian
From a diminutive of the given name HAVRYIL.
HAWARD     English
Variant of HOWARD (1) or HAYWARD.
HAWK     English
Originally a nickname for a person who had a hawk-like appearance or who acted in a fierce manner.
HAWKING     English
From a diminutive of HAWK.
HAWKINS     English
Patronymic surname derived from a diminutive of HAWK.
HAYASHI     Japanese
From Japanese (hayashi) meaning "forest".
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 "hill".
HAYDEN (2)     Irish
Anglicized form of Ó HÉIDEÁIN or Ó HÉIDÍN.
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.
HAYES (2)     Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó hAodha meaning "descendant of AODH".
HAYES (3)     Yiddish
Matronymic surname from the Yiddish name Khaye "life".
HAYLEY     English
From the name of an English town meaning "hay clearing", from Old English heg "hay" and leah "clearing".
HAYNES     English
Patronymic derived from the Norman name HAGANO.
HAYWARD     English
Occupational name for a person who protected an enclosed forest. It is from Middle English hay "enclosure" and ward "guard".
HAYWOOD     English
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.
HEADLEY     English
From a place name meaning "heather clearing" in Old English.
HEARN     Irish
Anglicized form of Ó HEACHTHIGHEARNA.
HEATH     English
Originally belonged to a person who was a dweller on the heath or open land.
HÉBERT     French
Derived from the given name HERBERT.
HEDLEY     English
Variant of HEADLEY.
HEEREN     Dutch
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 and HERMAN.
From Irish Ó hIfearnáin meaning "descendant of Ifearnán". The byname Ifearnán means "little demon".
HEGEDÛS     Hungarian
Means "fiddler", from Hungarian hegedû meaning "violin".
HEIDRICH     German
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 "power".
HEIJMAN     Dutch
Patronymic surname based on the given name HENDRIK.
HEIJMANS     Dutch
Variant of HEIJMAN.
HEIKKI     Finnish
From the given name HENRY.
HEIMAN     Dutch
Variant of HEIJMAN.
HEIMANS     Dutch
Variant of HEIJMAN.
HEIMIRSSON     Icelandic
Means "son of Heimir".
HEINRICH     German
Derived from the German given name HEINRICH.
HEINRICHS     German
Variant of HEINRICH.
HEINTZE     German
Derived from a diminutive of HEINRICH.
HELLEWEGE     German
Derived from the German given name Hellwig, which is a newer form of both Helmwig meaning "helmet and battle" and HEILWIG.
HENDERSON     Scottish, English
Means "son of HENDRY".
HENDRIKS     Dutch
Derived from the given name HENDRIK.
HENDRIKX     Dutch
Variant of HENDRIKS.
HENDRIX     Dutch
Variant of HENDRIKS.
HENDRY     Scottish, English
Derived from the given name HENRY.
HENNESSY     Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó hAonghuis meaning "descendant of AONGHUS".
Means "son of HENNING".
HENRIKSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of HENRIK".
HENRIKSSON     Swedish
Means "son of HENRIK".
HENRIQUES     Portuguese
Means "son of HENRIQUE" in Portuguese.
HENRY     English
Derived from the given name HENRY.
HENRYSON     English
Means "son of HENRY". A bearer of this surname was the poet Robert Henryson (1425-1500).
HENSON     English
Means "son of Henne", Henne being a diminutive of HENRY.
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.
From Heppenheim, the name of a city in Hessen.
HERBERT     English, German, French
Derived from the male given name HERBERT.
HERBERTS     English, Dutch
Variant of HERBERT.
HERBERTSON     English
Means "son of HERBERT".
Swedish form of HERBERTSON.
HERCEG     Croatian
Croatian form of HERZOG.
HERCZEG     Hungarian
Hungarian form of HERZOG.
HERCZOG     Hungarian
Variant of HERCZEG.
HERMAN     English, Dutch
From the given name HERMAN.
HERMANN     German
From the given name HERMANN.
HERMANS     Dutch, Flemish
Means "son of HERMAN".
HERMANSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian form of HERMANSON.
HERMANSON     English
Means "son of HERMAN".
HERMANSSON     Swedish
Swedish form of HERMANSON.
HERNÁNDEZ     Spanish
Means "son of HERNANDO" in Spanish.
HERREMA     Frisian
From a Frisian diminutive of the given name HENRY.
HERRERA     Spanish
Spanish form of FERREIRA.
HERRERO     Spanish
Spanish cognate of FERRARI.
HERRIOT     French
From a diminutive of the given name HENRI.
HERRMANN     German
Variant of HERMANN.
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.
HERSHEY     Jewish
Variant of HIRSCH (2).
HERTZ     German
Derived from German herz meaning "heart", a nickname for a big-hearted person.
HERZOG     German
From a German title meaning "duke".
HEWITT     English
Derived from a diminutive of the given name HUGH.
HEXT     English
From a nickname meaning "tallest" in Middle English. It is most common in the southwest of England in the county of Devon.
HEYMAN     Dutch
Variant of HEIJMAN.
HEYMANS     Dutch
Variant of HEIJMAN.
HIBBERT     English
Derived from the given name HILBERT.
HICKEY     Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó hÍcidhe meaning "descendant of the healer".
HICKS     English
Derived from the medieval given name Hicke, a diminutive of RICHARD.
HIER     Welsh
Means "tall, long" from Welsh hir.
HIERRO     Spanish
Spanish form of FERRO.
HIGGINS     Irish
From Irish Ó hUiginn which means "descendant of Uiginn". Uiginn is a byname meaning "Viking".
HIGHTOWER     English
Originally designated a dweller near a tall tower or spire.
From the given name HILDEBRAND.
HILL     English
Originally given to a person who lived on or near a hill, derived from Old English hyll.
HILLAM     English
Originally Hillham, meaning "hamlet on the hill".
HILMARSSON     Icelandic
Means "son of Hilmar".
HILTON     English
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.
HIMURA     Japanese
From Japanese (hi) meaning "scarlet, dark red" and (mura) meaning "town, village".
HINES     Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó hEidhin meaning "descendant of Eidhin", a given name or byname of unknown origin.
HINRICHS     German
Derived from the given name HINRICH.
HINTZEN     German
Means "son of Hintz", a diminutive of HENRY.
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.
HIRSCH (2)     Yiddish
Derived from the given name HERSH.
HISAKAWA     Japanese
From Japanese (hisa) meaning "long time ago" and (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
HJORT     Danish, Swedish
Danish and Swedish cognate of HART.
HLAVAČ     Czech
Derived from Czech hlava "head".
HLAVAČEK     Czech
Derived from a diminutive of Czech hlava "head".
HOÀNG     Vietnamese
Vietnamese form of HUANG, from Sino-Vietnamese (hoàng).
HOBBES     English
Variant of HOBBS. A famous bearer of this name was British political philosopher Thomas Hobbes, the author of 'Leviathan'.
HOBBS     English
Derived from the medieval given name HOB.
HOBSON     English
Means "son of HOB".
HOCH     German
Means "tall" in German.
HOCHBERG     German, Jewish
Means "high hill" in German.
HODGES     English
Patronymic of Hodge, a medieval diminutive of ROGER.
HODSON     English
Means "son of Hodge", a medieval diminutive of ROGER.
Variant of HOEDEMAKER.
Variant of HOEDEMAKER.
From the old profession of hoedemaker, the person who made hoeden (singular hoed) meaning "hat" in Dutch.
Variant of HOEDEMAKER.
HOEFLER     German
Variant of HOFER.
HOEKSTRA     Frisian
Frisian surname meaning "from the corner" or "corner farm".
HOFER     German
Occupational surname meaning "farmer" in German.
HOFFMAN     German
Variant of HOFFMANN.
HOFFMANN     German
From Middle High German hove(s)man or hofman meaning "farmer, owner of a farmstead".
HÖFLER     German
Variant of HOFER.
HOFMANN     German
Variant of HOFFMANN.
Means "master of the household", from Middle German hof "household, court" and meister "master, keeper".
HOFWEGEN     Dutch
Variant of VAN HOFWEGEN.
HOGAN     Irish
From Irish Ó hÓgáin meaning "descendant of Ógán". The given name Ógán is a diminutive of óg meaning "young".
HOGARTH     English
From a place name meaning "hog pen". It was first recorded in North Yorkshire.
HOLGERSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of HOLGER".
HOLGERSSON     Swedish
Means "son of HOLGER".
HOLGUÍN     Spanish
Means "to be happy, to enjoy oneself" from Spanish holger.
HOLLAND     English
Variant of HOLLANDS.
HOLLANDS     English
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.
HOLLINS     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.
HOLMSTRÖM     Swedish
Means "islet stream" (from Swedish holme "islet" and ström "stream").
HOLMWOOD     English
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).
HOLT     Dutch, Danish, English, Norwegian
Means "a wood" or "grove" in Old English or German.
HOLTMAN     Dutch
Variant of HOUTMAN.
HOLTZER     German
Means "a person who lives near a forest" in German.
HOLUB     Czech, Ukrainian
Derived from holub "dove".
HÖLZER     German
Variant of HOLTZER.
HOLZER     German
Variant of HOLTZER.
Occupational name for a woodworker's apprentice, from Old German holz "wood" and knecht "apprentice, servant".
HOLZMANN     German
Derived from German holz "wood" and mann "man". The name was given to someone who lived close to a wood, or worked with wood.
HONDA     Japanese
From Japanese (hon) meaning "root, origin, source" and (ta) meaning "field".
HONEYCUTT     English
Derived from the name of the English town Hunnacott. The name of the town is probably derived from Old English hunig "honey", cot "cottage".
HONEYSETT     English
English surname of Walloon origin, derived from a diminutive of the name JOHANNES (Hanosse).
HOOKER     English
Originally applied to one who lived near a spur, river bend, or corner of some natural feature.
HOOPER     English
Occupational name for someone who put the metal hoops around wooden barrels.
HOOVER     German
Name for a land-owner, from Old German huoba, a measure of land.
HOPE     English
Derived from Middle English hop "small valley".
HOPKINS     English
Patronymic formed from a diminutive of HOB.
HOPPER     English
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.
HOPSON     English
Variant of HOBSON.
HORAČEK     Czech
Diminutive derived from Czech hora "mountain".
HORACEK     Czech
Variant of HORAČEK.
HORAK     Czech
Derived from Czech hora "mountain", a cognate of the Polish GÓRSKI.
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.
HORNE     English
Variant of HORN.
HORNICK     Czech, Slovak
Variant of HORNIK.
HORNIK     Czech, Slovak
Occupational name meaning "miner".
HOROWITZ     German, Jewish
From the German name for Horovice, a town in the Central Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic.
HORSFALL     English
Derived from a place in Yorkshire meaning "horse clearing".
HORTON     English
From the name of a town in Yorkshire meaning "mud town".
HORVAT     Croatian, Slovene
From Croatian and Slovene Hrvat meaning "Croat, person from Croatia".
HORVÁTH     Hungarian
From Hungarian horvát meaning "Croatian".
HORVATINČIĆ     Croatian
Patronymic derived from HORVAT.
HOU     Chinese
From Chinese (hóu) meaning "lord, nobleman".
HOUBEN     Dutch
Derived from the given name Hubertus (see HUBERT).
HOUK     German
Derived from the medieval German region of Huc, located in northeastern Germany.
HOUSE     English
Referred to a person who lived in a house, as opposed to a smaller hut.
HOUSTON     Scottish
Means "HUGH's town". The original Houston is in Scotland near Glasgow.
Means "buyer of wood" in Dutch.
HOUTMAN     Dutch
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.
HOVANESIAN     Armenian
Means "son of HOVHANNES" in Armenian.
HOWARD (1)     English
Derived from the given name HUGHARD or HÁVARÐR.
HOWARD (2)     English
Derived from ewehirde meaning "ewe herder".
HOWE     English
Name for one who lived on a hill, from Middle English how "hill".
HOWELL     Welsh
Derived from the Welsh given name HYWEL.
HOWLAND     English
Variant of HOLLANDS.
HOWSE     English
Variant of HOWE.
HOXHA     Albanian
From the Persian title خواجه (khvajeh) meaning "lord".
HRABE     Czech
Derived from the Czech word hrabe "count". The name was perhaps used to denote a servant of a count.
HRISTOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of HRISTO".
HRUBY     Czech
Derived from Czech hruby "crude".
HRUŠKA     Czech
Means "pear" in Czech. It was most likely used to denote a person who grew or sold pears.
HSU     Chinese
Variant transcription of XU.
HU     Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "beard, whiskers, recklessly, wildly, barbarian".
HUANG     Chinese
From Chinese (huáng) meaning "yellow".
HÜBER     German
Variant of HUBER.
HUBER     German
From Middle High German huober or huob(e)ner meaning "man who owns a hube" (a hube is a piece of land of 30-60 acres). This name is from southern Germany.
HUDDLESON     English
Means "son of Huddle" (see HUDSON).
HUDDLESTON     English
From the name of a town Huddleston in the Yorkshire region of England. It means "Hudel's town".
HUDNALL     English
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.
HUDSON     English
Means "son of HUDDE".
HUERTA     Spanish
Means "garden, small orchard" in Spanish, ultimately from Latin hortus.
HUFF     English, German
Means "spur of a hill" in Old English.
HUFFMAN     German
Variant of HOFFMANN.
HUFFMANN     German
Variant of HOFFMANN.
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