Submitted Surnames Starting with H
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From the Sino-Vietnamese character and ultimately the Chinese character 河
meaning "river". It was probably given to someone who lived near a river.
Derived from the Han character 夏
Habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads named Haaland or Håland, in Agder and southwestern Norway, notably in the county of Rogaland. The farm name is from Old Norse Hávaland, from Old Norse hár meaning "high" + land meaning "farm".
A Hmong clan surname, which is sometimes anglicized as Ham
. It may be a variant form of the Chinese surname Hang
Means "place with aspens" or "group of aspens". This name comes from a combination of haapa
, "aspen", and the suffix -sto
which is used for places and groups of things.
Not to be confused with the German surname of the same spelling.
Metonymic occupational name for a dealer in oats, from Middle High German haber(e)
"oats" and korn
Topographic name from Middle High German haber(e)
"oats" and land
"land", or a habitational name from any of various places so called.
Derived from Late Middle High German haber
and Middle High German and Middle Low German haver(e)
"oat" and man
"man", this surname denoted someone who dealt in oat or who produced and dealt in oat groats, porridge or grits.
HABERMANN German, Jewish
Occupational name for a grower or seller of oats, composed of the elements Haber
and the agent suffix -mann
This surname may have been used by someone whose descendants originated from the House of Habsburg, which was one of the most important royal houses in Europe. It is assumed that the surname is derived from High German Habichtsburg
meaning "hawk castle," but some historians and linguists believe that it may actually be derived from Middle High German hab/hap
meaning "ford", as there is a river with a ford nearby.
Means “son of the pilgrim”, derived from the Arabic word حَاجِيّ (ḥājiyy)
denoting a Muslim pilgrim who has made the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Means "the priest" in Hebrew, from the word ha
which means "the", and the surname Cohen
HADDAD Arabic, Hebrew, Persian
Means "blacksmith" in Arabic, ultimately from Syriac ܚܰܕܳܕܳܐ (hadado)
, though it could also be derived from the name of a Semitic deity, Hadad
Derived from the Old English word had meaning "heathland" and the Old English suffix -don meaning "hill"; hence, the "heathland hill" or the "heather-covered hill".... [more]
HADJ Arabic (Maghrebi)
From Arabic حاج (ḥājj)
meaning "pilgrim", referring to the Islamic hajj to Mecca, Saudi Arabia (chiefly Maghrebi).
Derived from Arabic حَاجّ (ḥājj)
meaning "pilgrim", a title given to Muslims who have completed the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.
HAFER German, Jewish
Metonymic occupational name for a grower of or dealer in oats, from German Hafer
"oats". Compare Haber
. As a Jewish surname, it is in many cases ornamental.
Written with characters Ka ("Fragrance") and Ga ("Congratulations"). It's mostly in the northeast, and most likely comes from place in Tochigi Prefecture of that name.
Hebrew, shortened from haganah which means soldier
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hÁgáin
"descendant of Ógán
", a personal name from a diminutive of óg
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hAodhagáin
"descendant of Aodhagán
", a personal name formed from a double diminutive of Aodh
HAGEMAN Dutch, Swedish
Dutch: topographic name for someone who lived by an enclosure, from Middle Dutch haghe ‘hedge’, ‘enclosure’ + man ‘man’. Respelling of German Hagemann
. ... [more]
HAGEMANN German, Danish
1. German: topographic name for someone who lived by a hedge or enclosure, from Middle High German hac ‘enclosure’, ‘hedge’, Middle Low German hage + mann ‘man’. ... [more]
From Swedish hägg
"hackberry, bird cherry ".
Combination of Swedish hägg
"bird cherry" and ström
"stream, small river".
Hagi means "Bush Clover" and No means "Field, Plain, Wilderness". A notable bearer is Kosuke Hagino, a competitive swimmer.
Meaning "field of bush clovers", from 萩 (hagi)
meaning "bush clover", and 原 (hara)
meaning "field" or "meadow".
Combination of Swedish hage
"enclosure, garden" and ström
"stream, small river".
Metonymic occupational name for a sealer of weights and measures, from Middle High German hāme ‘(standard) measure’.
Occupational name for a poultry farmer, from an agent derivative of Middle High German hane
Habitational name for someone from any of several places called Hahn or Hag.
HAILES Scottish, English
Scottish habitational name from Hailes in Lothian, originally in East Lothian, named from the Middle English genitive or plural form of hall
‘hall’. ... [more]
Probably a variant of Harefield, a habitational name from a place so named, for example the one Greater London or Harefield in Selling, Kent, which are both apparently named from Old English here ‘army’ + feld ‘open country’.
Means “stonemason” from Arabic حَجَر (ḥajar)
HAKURYŪ Japanese (Rare)
This surname combines 白 (haku, byaku, shira-, shiro, shiro.i) meaning "white" with 竜 (ryuu, ryou, rou, ise, tatsu) meaning "dragon, imperial" or 柳 (ryuu, yanagi) meaning "willow."... [more]
Means "Aleppine" in Arabic, referring to someone from the city of Aleppo in Syria.
Habitational name from any of various places so named, notably the city near Magdeburg and Halberstadt near Königstein in Saxony.
Means "The Levite" in Hebrew, from the word ha
which means "the", and the surname Levi
Means "town fortified in stone". It comes from a combination of the Old Norse element hallr
meaning rock (as in Halle
) and of the Old English place name Burton
, denoting a fortified town... [more]
Derived from the Old Norse HALLR, which means 'flat stone, rock' or 'sloping, leaning to one side'... [more]
HALLÉN Swedish, Dutch
Swedish variant of Hall
, with the addition of the adjectival suffix -én
. Possibly a shortened form of Dutch van der Hallen
, a topographic or habitational name from Middle Dutch halle
Location name combining the elements hall
as in "large house" and lee
meaning "field or clearing."
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hÁilgheanáin
"descendant of Áilgheanán", a pet form of a personal name composed of old Celtic elements meaning "mild, noble person".
Northern English (Lancashire) habitational name from a place near Manchester called Halliwell, from Old English halig
‘holy’ + well(a)
‘well’, ‘spring’, or from any of the numerous other places named with these elements (see Hollowell
From Middle English halfmark ‘half a mark’, probably a nickname or status name for someone who paid this sum in rent.
English: topographic name from Middle English hal(l)owes
‘nooks’, ‘hollows’, from Old English halh
). In some cases the name may be genitive, rather than plural, in form, with the sense ‘relative or servant of the dweller in the nook’.
Combination of Swedish hall
"hall, stone, rock" and ström
"stream, small river".
Habitual surname for a person who lived in the city of Heilbronn in Germany.
HAM English, German, Scottish, Anglo-Saxon
Anglo-Saxon meaning the home stead, many places in England. One who came from Hamm in North-Rhine Westphalia, or one who came from Ham in Caithness Scotland's most northerly county. In Scotland this surname devires from the Norse word "Hami", meaning homestead.
From Japanese 浜 (hama)
meaning "beach, seashore" combined with 田 (da)
meaning "paddy, field".
From the Japanese 浜 or 濱 (hama) "beach" and 舘 or 館(date
) "mansion," "large building," "palace"
From the Japanese 浜 or 濱 (hama
) "beach" and 川 or 河 (kawa
Finnish surname meaning "Tavastian, person from Tavastia". Tavastia is a historical province in southern Finland. The surname is a combination of Häme
"Tavastia" and -läinen
Hama means "Seashore, Beach" and Mura means "Village, Hamlet". A notable bearer of the surname is Jun Hamamura, he was an actor.
From the Japanese 浜 or 濱 (hama
) "beach" and 野 (no
) "field," "area."
Hämarik is an Estonian surname meaning "dusk". From "Hämarik" in Estonian mythology, a beautiful young maiden who was the personification of dusk.
It's the same as Hamasaki
, it's just a different transcription and pronunciation. Tatsuya Hamzazaki wrote the light novel adaptation of the anime Absolute Boy.
HAMBERG German, Danish, Jewish
German, Danish, and Jewish (Ashkenazic) habitational name from any of several places named Hamberg. Jewish (Ashkenazic) variant of Hamburg
HAMBERGER German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) habitational name for someone from any of various places named Hamberg. Jewish (Ashkenazic) variant of Hamburger
HAMBURG German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) habitational name from the great city and port at the mouth of the river Elbe, named with the Germanic elements ham
‘water meadow’ + burg
‘fortress’, ‘fortified town’.
Muslim: from an Arabic personal name, Ḥamdān ‘much praise’, a derivative of Hamid. Ḥamdān was the name of a tribe in Arabia. The Hamdani dynasty ruled al-Jazira and Syria from 905 to 1004.... [more]
HAMER English, German
From the town of Hamer in Lancashire from the old english word Hamor
combining "Rock" and "Crag". It is also used in Germany and other places in Europe, possibly meaning a maker of Hammers.
Habitational name from Haineville or Henneville in Manche, France, named from the Germanic personal name Hagano
+ Old French ville
Nickname for a scarred or maimed person, from Middle English, Old English hamel
According to MacLysaght, a shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hÁdhmaill
"descendant of Ádhmall
", which he derives from ádhmall
Hammarskjöld is a Swedish noble family. The name is a combination of hammare
"hammer" and sköld
HAMMER German, English, Jewish
From Middle High German hamer
, Yiddish hamer
, a metonymic occupational name for a maker or user of hammers, for example in a forge, or nickname for a forceful person.
From a personal name, Hamo(n)
, which is generally from a continental Germanic name Haimo
, a short form of various compound names beginning with haim
"home", although it could also be from the Old Norse personal name Hámundr
, composed of the elements hár
"high" and mund
Variant spelling of "Hanmer", parish in Flintshire.
Hamre is a Surname used by people who has family from the places called Hamre
From Japanese 花 (hana
) meaning "flower" and 房 (busa
) meaning "room*.
Shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hAinbhthín (modernized as Ó hAinifín) ‘descendant of Ainbhthín’, a personal name derived from ainbhíoth ‘non-peace’, ‘storm’.
Means "flower swamp" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 花 (flower) and 沢 / 澤 (swamp).
This surname means "Half of a Rice Paddy", with 半 (Han) and 田 (Da).
Hane ("Wings") + Da ("Rice Patty"). This is predominantly in Eastern Japan.
From Japanese 羽 (hane
) meaning "feather" and 山 (yama
) meaning "mountain".
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hAnluain
"descendant of Anluan", a personal name from the intensive prefix an
- and luan
"light", "radiance" or "warrior". Occasionally it has been used to represent HALLINAN
A Welsh topographical surname, deviring from 'Hand', a cock, and 'Mere', a lake. A parish in Flintshire, now Wrexham.
Habitational name from a place called Hanham in Gloucestershire, which was originally Old English Hānum, dative plural of hān ‘rock’, hence ‘(place) at the rocks’. The ending -ham is by analogy with other place names with this very common unstressed ending.
Means "daughter of HANS
". This name is only given to females. A notable bearer is Swedish alpine ski racer Frida
Hansdotter (b. 1985).
From Japanese 羽 (ha
) meaning "feather" and 生 (nyuu
) meaning "raw".
From Japanese 原 (hara)
meaning "field, plain". More commonly it is the final character in Japanese surnames.
From the Japanese 原 (hara
) "field," "plain," "original" and 田 (da
) "rice paddy" or 多 (da
Hara means "Plain" or "Field", while Guchi literally means "Mouth".
Hara means "Plain (wilderness, field)" and Moto means "Origin".
Habitational name from any of several places named Harbach.
This surname is of Anglo-Saxon origins, and is derived from the personal names Rabin, Robin, and Robert. It has the English prefix 'har', which means gray.... [more]
Variant of French Arbour
or a metonymic occupational name for a keeper of a lodging house, from Old English herebeorg
Orcadian form of Harcase, a habitational name originating from Berwickshire, Scotland.
HARDEKOP German (Rare)
Derived from Middle High German hart
"hard" and kopf
"head". As a surname, it was given to a hard-headed, stubborn person.
HARE Irish (Anglicized)
Irish (Ulster): Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hÍr, meaning ‘long-lasting’. In Ireland this name is found in County Armagh; it has also long been established in Scotland.... [more]
From the Japanese 張 (hari
) "Extended Net constellation" and 替 (kae
) "exchange," "spare," "substitute."
Means "esker", a long ridge formed by a river flowing underneath a glacier. Eskers made of gravel are common in Finland.
From a sporting phrase used to guide and incite hunting dogs.
HARKER English (British)
English (mainly northeastern England and West Yorkshire): habitational name from either of two places in Cumbria, or from one in the parish of Halsall, near Ormskirk, Lancashire. The Cumbrian places are probably named from Middle English hart ‘male deer’ + kerr ‘marshland’... [more]
HARKNESS Scottish, English (British), Northern Irish
Apparently a habitational name from an unidentified place (perhaps in the area of Annandale, with which the surname is connected in early records), probably so called from the Old English personal name Hereca
(a derivative of the various compound names with the first element here
‘army’) + Old English næss
‘headland’, ‘cape’... [more]
Habitational name for someone from Ober- or Unter-Harlachen, near Überlingen.
HARLESS English, German
English: probably a variant spelling of Arliss
, a nickname from Middle English earles
‘earless’, probably denoting someone who was deaf rather than one literally without ears.
English surname transferred to forename use, from the Norman French personal name Herluin
, meaning "noble friend" or "noble warrior."
HARMA Finnish, Estonian
Anglicized form of either Härma
. The former is a locational surname referring to places in Estonia and Finland. The latter means 'gray' in Finnish.
HARMER English (British)
Meaning, of the Army or man of Armor, from the battle at Normandy, France. It was formerly a French last name Haremere after the battle at Normandy it moved on to England where it was shortened to Harmer.
HARMSE Dutch, Low German
The surname Harmse is derived from Harms or Harm, a Low-German / Niederdeutsch surname or name. In Plattdeutsch/Low Saxon the word sine is used as a possessive construction, hence Harmse indicates that it is the child of Harms, Harm, or Harmensze... [more]
HAROLD English, Norman, German
English from the Old English personal name Hereweald
, its Old Norse equivalent Haraldr
, or the Continental form Herold
introduced to Britain by the Normans. These all go back to a Germanic personal name composed of the elements heri
‘army’ + wald
‘rule’, which is attested in Europe from an early date; the Roman historian Tacitus
records a certain Cariovalda
, chief of the Germanic tribe of the Batavi, as early as the 1st century ad... [more]
A combination of the Welsh adjective 'hy', meaning 'bold' or 'presumptuous' and the common Welsh personal name 'Rhys'. This surname is common in South Wales and the English West Country and has an official Welsh tartan... [more]
Means "person from Harrow", the district of northwest Greater London, or various places of the same name in Scotland ("heathen shrine").
Habitational name from Hertford, or from either of two places called Hartford, in Cheshire and Cumbria; all are named with Old English heorot ‘hart’ + ford ‘ford’.
HARTLEY English, Scottish
Derived from the Old English words meaning heorot
meaning "hart" and leah
meaning "clearing". Also from Scottish Ó hArtghaile
meaning "descendant of Artghal". Hartley
is also an English given name.
From a Germanic personal name composed of the elements hard
"hardy, strong" and man
This surname is a habitational one, denoting someone who lived in a village in County Durham or in North Yorkshire.... [more]
Habitational name from places in Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, and Staffordshire called Hartwell, from Old English heorot
‘stag’, ‘hart’ + wella
‘spring’, ‘stream’... [more]