Submitted Surnames Starting with H
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From Navajo hataałii
meaning "medicine man, shaman", literally "singer" (from the verb hataał
"he sings, he is chanting").
English (mainly Hampshire and Berkshire): topographic name from Middle English hacche ‘gate’, Old English hæcc (see Hatcher). In some cases the surname is habitational, from one of the many places named with this word... [more]
Southern English: topographic name for someone who lived by a gate, from Middle English hacche (Old English hæcc) + the agent suffix -er. This normally denoted a gate marking the entrance to a forest or other enclosed piece of land, sometimes a floodgate or sluice-gate.
Hatsu is both a Japanese surname and a unisex name meaning "Beginning." Notable bearers of this surname is Akiko Hatsu (Japanese manga artist) and a bearer of the first name form is Hatsu Hioki (Japanese wrestler).
HATTENDORF German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name from places called Hattendorf, near Alsfeld and near Hannover. The element hatt
From the Japanese 服 "clothes" and 部 "region," "division," "part." This was the surname of Hanzo Hattori (服部半蔵), a famous 16th century samurai and ninja.
A Greek rendering of حاج (ḥājj), denoting one who has successfully completed a pilgrimage. In a Christian context, the title designates a person who has visited Jerusalem and the Holy Land and was baptised in the Jordan River... [more]
Hatzis is the modern form of the Greek khatzis 'a pilgrim to Jerusalem' (either Christian or Muslim), considered a high social distinction. The Greek term is Semitic in origin and is cognate with Arabic hajj 'pilgrimage (to Mecca).'
Derived from Middle High German houwen
"to beat" and isen
"iron". This surname denoted a smith.
Originates from a Farm name. Haugan comes from the Old Norse word haugr
which can be translatd to "hill" or "mound".
Habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads named Hauge, from the dative singular of Old Norse haugr
A combination of Norwegian hauk
, derived from Old Norse haukr
, "hawk" and bø
, derived from Old Norse bœr
, "farm". The meaning refers to hawks sitting abode; as on the roof of a barn.
Topographic and occupational name for someone who lived and worked in a great house, from Middle High German, Middle Low German hus
"house" (see House
From the Germanic personal name Huso
, a short form of a compound name composed with hus
‘house’, ‘dwelling’ as the first element.
HAUSER German, Jewish
From Middle High German hus
"house", German haus
, + the suffix -er
, denoting someone who gives shelter or protection.
HAUSLE German (Austrian)
Topographical name for someone who's House was near the Woods, from German "Häus" House "le" Woods
From Middle High German haus
'house' and wirt
'owner' or 'master'.
Finnish. Topographical, (haute) meaning, “graves, tomb” combined with (la) meaning “abode, home, or land of….”
Finnish. Topographical, (haute) meaning, “graves, tomb” combined with (maa) meaning, “country.”
Finnish for "GRAVESHILL;" possibly cemetery or simply a person who lived near graves on a hill. hauta ("grave") & mäki ("hill")
From the Middle English male personal name Havelok
, from Old Norse Hafleikr
, literally "sea sport". It was borne by the British general Sir Henry Havelock (1795-1857).
HAVERBUS Yiddish, Dutch
From Yiddish/Hebrew Haver (חבר) and Baruch (ברוך), thus literally "blessed friend".
HAVERFORD Welsh, English
Haverford's name is derived from the name of the town of Haverfordwest in Wales, UK
HAWLEY English, Anglo-Saxon
Means "hedged meadow". It comes from the English word haw
, meaning "hedge", and Saxon word leg
, meaning "meadow". The first name Hawley
has the same meaning.
HAWTHORNE English, Scottish
English and Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived by a bush or hedge of hawthorn (Old English haguþorn
, i.e. thorn used for making hedges and enclosures, Old English haga
, (ge)hæg), or a habitational name from a place named with this word, such as Hawthorn in County Durham... [more]
HAY English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Frisian
Scottish and English: topographic name for someone who lived by an enclosure, Middle English hay(e)
(Old English (ge)hæg
, which after the Norman Conquest became confused with the related Old French term haye
‘hedge’, of Germanic origin)... [more]
It is written as Ha ("Long,Cheif"), the same as "Naga", + Ya ("Valley") + Gawa ("River"). It's possibly written the same way Hayakawa
was submitted, because these are just variations of one another... [more]
From Japanese 林 (hayashi
) meaning "forest" and 田 (ta
) meaning "field".
English (West Midlands): from a medieval personal name, a pet form of Hay
, formed with the Middle English hypocoristic suffix -cok (see Cocke
Meaning "heathen". Famous bearer is Austrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809).
English habitational name from several places called Heyford in Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire, or Hayford in Buckfastleigh, Devon, all named with Old English heg
‘hay’ + ford
Either (i) "person from Hayling", Hampshire ("settlement of Hægel's people"); or (ii) from the Old Welsh personal name Heilyn
, literally "cup-bearer" (see also Palin
English (Hampshire, Dorset, and Wiltshire) topographic name for someone who lived at the top of a hill or on a piece of raised ground, from Middle English heyt
‘summit’, ‘height’ + the agent suffix -er
English: habitational name from Haywards Heath in Sussex, which was named in Old English as ‘enclosure with a hedge’, from hege ‘hedge’ + worð ‘enclosure’. The modern form, with its affix, arose much later on (Mills gives an example from 1544).
Turkish / Muslim last name meaning "nightingale".
HAZARD English, French, Dutch
Nickname for an inveterate gambler or a brave or foolhardy man prepared to run risks, from Middle English, Old French hasard
, Middle Dutch hasaert
(derived from Old French) "game of chance", later used metaphorically of other uncertain enterprises... [more]
Means "person from Hazelden", the name of various places in England ("valley growing with hazel trees").
Hazel is referring to hazel trees, while ton is from old english tun meaning enclosure, so an enclosure of hazel trees, or an orchard of hazel trees.
Habitational name from any of various places, for example in Devon, Derbyshire, Suffolk, Surrey, and West Yorkshire, so called from Old English hæsel (or Old Norse hesli) ‘hazel (tree)’ + wudu ‘wood’; or a topographic name from this term.
HAZLETT English (British)
Topographic name for someone who lived by a hazel copse, Old English hæslett (a derivative of hæsel ‘hazel’). habitational name from Hazelhead or Hazlehead in Lancashire and West Yorkshire, derived from Old English hæsel ‘hazel’ + heafod ‘head’, here in the sense of ‘hill’; also a topographic name of similar etymological origin.
HAZRA Indian, Bengali
Possibly from the name of a location near Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
Habitational surname for a person from Healey near Manchester, derived from Old English heah
"high" + leah
"wood", "clearing". There are various other places in northern England, such as Northumberland and Yorkshire, with the same name and etymology, and they may also have contributed to the surname.
Southern Irish: reduced form of O’Healy
, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hÉilidhe ‘descendant of the claimant’, from éilidhe ‘claimant’, or of Gaelic Ó hÉalaighthe ‘descendant of Éaladhach’, a personal name probably from ealadhach ‘ingenious’.
Occupational name for a tender of animals, normally a cowherd or shepherd, from Middle English herde
(Old English hi(e)rde
English habitational name from any of various places called Heathcote, for example in Derbyshire and Warwickshire, from Old English h?ð
‘heathland’, ‘heather’ + cot
Occupational name for a carrier (someone who loaded or transported goods), from an agent derivative of Middle High German heben
HECHT German, Dutch
From Middle High German hech(e)t
, Middle Dutch heect
"pike", generally a nickname for a rapacious and greedy person. In some instances it may have been a metonymic occupational name for a fisher and in others it may be a habitational name from a house distinguished by a sign depicting this fish.
Famous bearer is William Heddle Nash (1894-1961), the English lyric tenor.
Combination of Swedish hed
"heath, moor" and the suffix -én
from Latiin -enius
Topographic name for someone who lived by a hedge, Middle English hegg(e)
. In the early Middle Ages, hedges were not merely dividers between fields, but had an important defensive function when planted around a settlement or enclosure.
Swedish surname meaning "heath grove". From hed
"heath" and lund
HEENAN Ancient Irish
Thought to be a nickname or metonymic, and to owe its derivation from the early Gaelic word ean
meaning a "bird". The derivation is from the ancient name O'hEeanchain
, which loosely translates as The descendant of the son of the Bird.
Habitational name for someone from a place called Hegge(n) or ter Hegge(n), derived from a word meaning ‘hedge’.
HEID German, Jewish
Topographic name from Middle High German heide, German Heide ‘heath’, ‘moor’. Compare Heath.... [more]
From the medieval personal name Heidenrich, ostensibly composed of the elements heiden 'heathen', 'infidel' (see Heiden 2) + ric 'power', 'rule', but probably in fact a variant by folk etymology of Heidrich.
An invented Jewish name based on Hebrew chefets
"pleasure". Lithuanian-born US violinist Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987) was a known bearer.
A combination of HEIKKI
and the local ending -lä
, denoting someone from a household headed by someone called Heikki.
South German: from Middle High German heilant
‘savior’, ‘Christ’, presumably either a name given to someone who had played the part of Christ in a mystery play or an occupational name for a healer, from Middle High German heilen
‘to heal’, ‘save’.
German for "home". Originates in the German village of Heimburg (not to be confused with Hamburg
) and the nearby castle of the same name.
(Hein) is a short form of the name Heinrich
, (the German form of the name Henry) & Bokel is a place name in Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein & North Rhine-Westphalia.
The German word for "hero", ultimately derived from Middle High German helt
The Old Norse name element -land
meaning "country, land" combined with either Old Norse hella
"flat rock" or hellir
"cave". ... [more]
From Swedish häll
, a type of flat rock, and bom
Derived from germanic: hildtja = battle, brandt = sword, or prandt = burning wood/torch. Other view: Hilda is the Nordic Queen of the Underworld, Goddes of Death, so Sword/Torch of Hilda.... [more]
From various place names in United Kingdom. Derived from Olde English elements of "halig" meaning holy, and "waella", a spring.
Swedish ornamental name. A combination of häll
, a type of flat rock, and ström
HELLWIG German, Dutch
Curiously it started out life in ancient history as the baptismal name, Hell-wig. "luck" & "war;" this name literally translates to, "battle-battle."
HELMEYER German, Dutch, Danish
From Hel in Norse mythology and Meyer meaning "higher, superior". It means ´blessed´ or ´holy´. The name is mostly found in Germany, but also in the Netherlands and some parts of Denmark.
This English habitational name originates with the North Yorkshire village of Helmsley, named with the Old English personal name Helm
, meaning 'clearing'.
Habitational name from Helton in Cumbria, named in Old English probably with helde
"slope" and tun
"farmstead, settlement", or possibly a variant of Hilton
. This is a common name in TN, KY, OH, TX, and GA.
Derived from the given name HEMMING
. It is the last name of the band member of Five Seconds of Summer (5sos), Luke Hemmings.
English: habitational name from either of two places in North Yorkshire called Helmsley. The names are of different etymologies: the one near Rievaulx Abbey is from the Old English personal name Helm
+ Old English leah
‘wood’, ‘clearing’, whereas Upper Helmsley, near York, is from the Old English personal name Hemele
+ Old English eg
‘island’, and had the form Hemelsey till at least the 14th century
Derived from the Celtic form of "brave". Also is the name of many towns (Alcala de Henares, Espinosa de Henares, Tortola de Henares...) and a river
HENCE German, English, Welsh
An American spelling variant of Hentz
derived from a German nickname for Hans
or from an English habitation name found in Staffordshire or Shropshire and meaning "road or path" in Welsh.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous commune in the French canton of Hendaia-Hegoko Euskal Itsasbazterra.
This name was derived from Hendrix
and means "home ruler". This name is the 25841st most popular surname in the US.
Occupational name for an Executioner, from the German word "Henker" meaning Hangman.
HENLEY English, Irish, German (Anglicized)
English: habitational name from any of the various places so called. Most, for example those in Oxfordshire, Suffolk, and Warwickshire, are named with Old English héan
(the weak dative case of heah
‘high’, originally used after a preposition and article) + Old English leah
‘wood’, ‘clearing’... [more]
A variant of the traditionally Irish surname Hennessey
, an Anglicization of Ó hAonghusa
meaning "‘descendant of Aonghus
Probably a habitational name from either of two places in Devon: Hensley in East Worlington, which is named with the Old English personal name Heahmund
+ Old English leah
‘(woodland) clearing’, or Hensleigh in Tiverton, which is named from Old English hengest
‘stallion’ (or the Old English personal name Hengest
) + leah
HERBARTH German, Norman
References Old Norse Deity "Odin" being one of the "Son's of Odin". Remember that the Geats became the Ostrogoths through the Denmark pass--referenced in Beowulf. Or, it means "Warrior of the Bearded One", perhaps a King... [more]
Habitational name for someone from either of two places called Herbolzheim, in Baden and Bavaria.
Comes from Middle Dutch hert, herte ‘hart’, ‘stag’; probably a nickname for someone who was fleet of foot, or a habitational name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a deer; variant of Heard
An occupational surname in reference to herding animals. The anglicized pronounciation is "Her-der", but is Germanically pronounced, "Herr-der".
Habitational name from Hereford in Herefordshire, or Harford in Devon and Goucestershire, all named from Old English here
"army" + ford
Habitational name for someone from Hergenroth near Limburg or from Hergenrode near Darmstadt, both in Hessen.
Heringh, no history known, people having these surnames in Slovakia belong to the same family, very untypical for this region - Slovakia in the middle of Europe.
HERITAGE English (Rare)
English status name for someone who inherited land from an ancestor, rather than by feudal gift from an overlord, from Middle English, Old French (h)eritage
‘inherited property’ (Late Latin heritagium
, from heres
From Irish Gaelic Ó hIarfhlatha
"descendant of Iarfhlaith
", a personal name meaning literally "lord of the west".
From Herne, a cottage, and den, a valley. The cottage in the valley.
HERRMAN German (Prussian)
Herrman is of ancient German
origin. It is derived from a Germanic personal name made up of the elements heri
, meaning "army," and man
, meaning "man." Herrman was first found in Prussia, where the name emerged in medieval times as one of the notable families of the region.
The ancestral home of the Hertzel family is in the German province of Bavaria. Hertzel is a German nickname surname. Such names came from eke-names, or added names, that described their initial bearer through reference to a physical characteristic or other attribute... [more]
HESS German (?)
It is arguably both tribal and residential, originating from the pre 10th century A.D. It is believed to have originally described people who came from the region known as Hesse. The translation of this name is the 'hooded people'
This surname is derived from a given name, which is the Latin form of Esther.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous parish of the municipality of Siero.
I can only date it back to Armagh County, Ireland in the early 1800s.
From the medieval personal name HICKE
. The substitution of H- as the initial resulted from the inability of the English to cope with the velar Norman R-.
From a pet form of a Germanic personal name, such as Icco or Hikke (a Frisian derivative of a compound name with the first element hild
, a pet form of any of the Germanic personal names formed with hild
"strife", "battle" as the first element.
From the medieval personal name Hicke
, a pet form of Richard
. The substitution of H-
as the initial resulted from the inability of the English to cope with the velar Norman R-
From Japanese 日 (hi)
meaning "day, sun" combined with 高 (taka)
meaning "tall, high".
HIDDLESTON English, Scottish
Habitational name from a place called Huddleston in Yorkshire, England. The place name was derived from the Old English personal name HUDEL
Topographic name for someone living near a hiedl
Finnish. (hieta) meaning, “fine-sand” combined with (la) meaning, “abode, house, place, or land of….”
Finnish. (hieta) meaning, “fine-sand” combined with (maa) meaning, “country.”
Phonetically means "praise" or "compassion" in Japanese. It is most frequently used on the island of Okinawa in Japan. A bearer is Ryan Higa, an American YouTuber.
From the Japanese 東 (higashi
) "east," originally derived from a combination of 日 (hi
) meaning "sun," 向か (muka
) meaning "facing" and 風 (shi
, nowadays kaze
) meaning "wind." This combination had undergone some sound shifts which results in 'higashi,' namely the shift from 'mu' in 'muka' to 'n' (turning into hingashi) and the dropping of 'n' in 'hingashi' (see Kagura
on the first name website as another example of this process).
Habitational name from a place in Lancashire now known as Oakenbottom. The history of the place name is somewhat confused, but it is probably composed of the Old English elements ǣcen
"oaken" and botme
"broad valley"... [more]
Denotes someone who was originally from the region of Hejaz in western Saudi Arabia.
HILBERT English, French, Dutch, German
English, French, Dutch, and German: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements hild ‘strife’, ‘battle’ + berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’.
German: Variant of Hillegass from a variant of the Germanic personal name Hildegaud, composed of hild ‘strife’, ‘battle’ + got, of uncertain meaning (perhaps the same word as Goth).
A fair someone. One who does a fair thing. Hill is which lives on a hill, other meanings of a fine hill, good for agriculture, hillfair as a fair hill.
English: from the Norman female personal name Hildiarde
, composed of the Germanic elements hild
‘strife’, ‘battle’ + gard
‘fortress’, ‘stronghold’. The surname has been in Ireland since the 17th century.
From the Japanese 氷 (hi
) "ice" and 見 (mi
) "mindset," "outlook."
HIMMLER German, History
Derived from German Himmel
"heaven, sky". This was a topographic name for someone living at a high altitude. ... [more]
From the name of a place in Leicestershire meaning "Hynca's wood", from the Old English byname Hynca
, derivative of hún
"bear cub", and leah
HIND English, Scottish
English (central and northern): nickname for a gentle or timid person, from Middle English, Old English hind
‘female deer’.... [more]
English (Lancashire): habitational name from a place near Manchester, so named from Old English hind
‘female deer’ + leah
The distribution of the Hingston surname appears to be based around the South Hams area of Devon. The English Place Name Society volumes for Devon give the best indication of the source of the name... [more]
HINKEBEIN Dutch, German
Nickname for someone with a limp, from Middle Low German hinken meaning "to limp" + bein meaning "leg".
Nickname for a timid, fearful person, from dialect hinkel ‘chicken’
Elaborated variant of Hinkel, with the addition of Middle High German 'man'.
From the Japanese 日 (hi)
meaning "sun, day" combined with 野 (no)
meaning "area, field". Other kanji combinations can form this surname as well.
Hi ("Sun") + No (?) + De ("Come Out"). This surname means "Sunrise". It is uncommon. the source is in the notes
HINTON English (Archaic)
Comes from Old English heah
meaning "high" and tun
meaning "enclosure" or "settlement." A notable person with the surname is female author S.E Hinton.
Hira means "Peace" and I means "Well,mine shaft,or pit". So this surname means "Peaceful Well/Mine Shaft/Pit". Here are notable people: Hirai Kawato is a professional wrestler,Momo Hirai is a musical artist,and Ken Hirai is an R&B and Pop singer.
Hira ("Peace") + Matsu ("Pine"). Akiko Hiramatsu is a voice actress.
Hira means "Peace" and No means "Field,Area,Meadow,etc." This is considered a generally common Japanese last name,it is ranked within the top 1000's at least,if not always in the 100's. A notable person with this surname is Aya Hirano,a singer and voice actress,for "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya",for example.
From the Japanese 平 (hira
) "peace" and 田 (ta
) "rice paddy" or 多 (ta
Hira meaning "Peace" and Tani meaning "Valley". In other regions of Japan, this name could be pronounced "Hiragai, Hiragaya, or Hiraya" by accident, depending on the region it's taken to. I think this originates from the south.