Submitted Surnames Starting with H

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HOMEEnglish, Scottish
English and Scottish variant spelling of Holme.
Hommik is an Estonian surname meaning "morning".
From homolka meaning "(cone-shaped lump of) cream cheese". The word homolka itself is derived from homole "cone". This was either a nickname for a mild person or an occupational name for someone who made cheese.
This surname is used as 保村, 甫村 or 穂村 with 保 (ho, hou, tamo.tsu) meaning "guarantee, keep, preserve, protect, support, sustain", 甫 (fu, ho, haji.mete, suke) meaning "for the first time, not until", 穂 (sui, ho) meaning "crest (of wave), ear, ear (of grain), head" and 村 (son, mura) meaning "town, village."... [more]
From Honeyball, a medieval personal name of uncertain origin: perhaps an alteration of Annabel, or alternatively from a Germanic compound name meaning literally "bear-cub brave" (i.e. deriving from the elements hun "warrior, bear cub" and bald "bold, brave").
HONIGGerman, Jewish
Metonymic name for a gatherer or seller of honey, from Middle High German honec, honic "honey", German Honig.
It literally means "honeyman", possibly denoting a beekeeper.
HOODEnglish, Scottish, Irish
English and Scottish: metonymic occupational name for a maker of hoods or a nickname for someone who wore a distinctive hood, from Middle English hod(de), hood, hud ‘hood’. Some early examples with prepositions seem to be topographic names, referring to a place where there was a hood-shaped hill or a natural shelter or overhang, providing protection from the elements... [more]
Topographic name for someone living by a tall tree, "tall tree", or a habitational name from places called Hoogboom and Hogenboom in the Belgian province of Antwerp, meaning "tall tree".
Derived from Swedish hök "hawk".
This surname is derived from a geographical locality. "at the hook," from residence in the bend or sudden turn of a lane or valley.
This surname may derive from Old English hóc meaning "hook, angle" and hám meaning "village, hamlet, dwelling."
Hoop is an Estonian surname meaning "strike" or "blow (hit)".
HOOTDutch, German
The Dutch form is a habitation name for someone who lived in the hout or "woods" while the German form hoth is from an occupational name for a maker of hats.
Höövel is an Estonian surname meaning "planer".
HOPLAWelsh (?)
1st recorded Hopla.... [more]
Variant of Hopp.
Probably a habitational name from a farm name in Norway.
Czech word for hill or mountain
The last name Horan means warlike.It is the last name of one direction member Niall Horan
Ukrainian form and equivalent of Gorbachev.
From Swedish hör "listen, hear" and berg "mountain".
"Moat" or Ho ("Protect") + Ri ("Benefit,Profit,Gain") are both used for this surname.
HORIEJapanese (Rare)
For notable bearers Yui Horie and Mitsuko Horie, the Hori means "Moat" and E means "Inlet, River". Mitsuko Horie and Yui Horie are voice actresses and singers.
掘 (Hori) means "Moat" and 米 (Gome) means "Rice, America". A notable bearer with this surname is Yuki Horigome, a footballer.
HORIKITAJapanese (Rare)
Hori ("Moat"),this can also be used: Ho ("Protect") + Ri ("Benefit,Profit,Gain") + Kita ("North").
Hori means "Moat" and No means "Field, Wilderness."
A habitational name from locations called Hornby in northern England, though predominantly associated with Lancashire. Derived from the Norse horni meaning "horn" and býr meaning "farm" or "settlement".
HORNEYGerman (Anglicized)
German: Eastphalian or Americanized form of a personal name composed of the Germanic elements hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’ + nit ‘battle fury’, ‘eagerness to fight’, or a habitational name from a place so called in Brandenburg or in the Rhineland... [more]
A habitational name from Cumbria, derived from the Norse Ormr meaning "serpent" and býr meaning "farm". Similar in form to Hornby, Hornsby is a widespread surname in northern England.
Name of a German farm.
It literally means "hornstone".
Czech from of Horowitz.
From the Turkish word horoz meaning "Rooster".
This denotes familial origin in the former village of Hörschel (annexed to Eisenach in 1994).
HORTACatalan, Portuguese
Means "garden" (Latin hortus), hence a topographic name for someone who lived by an enclosed garden or an occupational name for one who was a gardener.
HORVITZEnglish (American)
Surname of Richard Steven Horvitz, a voice actor in Angry Beavers, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, and Invader Zim.
Means "son of Hosea", a personal name that was originally probably Osie, a pet-form of Oswald, but came to be associated with the biblical personal name Hosea.
Occupational name for a maker or seller of hose (garments for the legs), from Middle Low German hose "hose".
From Japanese 星 (hoshi) meaning "star".
Hoshi means "Star" and Miya means "Shrine".
From Japanese 星 (hoshi) meaning "star" combined with 野 (no) meaning "area, field".
HOSHIZAKIJapanese (Rare)
Hoshi means "Star" and Zaki comes from Saki meaning "Cape, Peninsula, Promontory". There used to be a Hoshizaki Castle in Nagoya, owned by the Okada family. If this last name actually still lingers Japan, it rarely ever does.
From the given name Hoshur of unknown meaning.
From the Middle English personal name OSEKIN.
Patronymic form of HOSKIN.
Patronymic form of HOSKIN.
From the Old English name Osmaer, a combination of the Old English elements oss, meaning "god", and maer, meaning "fame".
This surname is made up of 細 (Hoso) meaning "Fine, Thin, Narrow" and 田 (Da) means "Rice Paddy, Rice Field".
From Japanese 細 (hoso) meaning "thin, fine" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river".
From the Japanese 細 (hoso) "narrow" and 尾 (o) "tail."
HOSPGerman (Austrian)
Means "odd bird" or "strange man"
HOSPODPolish, Sorbian
From the Proto-Slavic gospod, meaning "lord, or host." Variant of the Old Polish gospodzin, meaning "landlord." It also may be a geographic surname from the village of Kospoda, of the same etymological origin, near the border of the former Kingdoms of Saxony and Bohemia.
From the given name Hossein.
From the given name Hossein combined with the Persian suffix -زاده (-zâde) meaning "offspring".
HOTALINGEnglish (American)
Americanized spelling of Dutch Hoogteijling, an indirect occupational name for a productive farmer, from hoogh ‘high’ + teling ‘cultivation’, ‘breeding’.
Patronymic from Hodgkin, a pet form of Hodge.
Nickname from Middle Dutch houck, a marine fish, or from Middle Dutch hoec, houck ‘buck’. variant of Hoek.
Variant of HOGAN.
English: habitational name from any of various places, for example in Cheshire and Derbyshire, so named from Old English hoh ‘spur of a hill’ (literally ‘heel’). This widespread surname is especially common in Lancashire... [more]
English habitational name from any of the various places so called. The majority, with examples in at least fourteen counties, get the name from Old English hoh ‘ridge’, ‘spur’ (literally ‘heel’) + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’... [more]
From Japanese 北 (hou) meaning "north" and 條 or 条 (jou) meaning "article".
HOUSEALFrench (Anglicized), German (Anglicized)
French (Lorraine) spelling of German Häusel, a topographic name meaning ‘small house’, a diminutive of Haus. ... [more]
Variant of HOUSE.
Habitational name from the many farmsteads in Norway named Hovda. Derived from Old Norse hófði "rounded peak", itself derived from Old Norse hofuð "head".
Variant transcription of Hovhannisyan.
HOVSEPIANArmenian (Expatriate)
Variant transcription of Hovsepyan used by Armenians living outside Armenia.
Means "son of Hovsep".
HOWDYSHELLAmerican, German
Americanized (i.e., Anglicized) form of the Swiss German Haudenschild, which originated as a nickname for a ferocious soldier, literally meaning "hack the shield" from Middle High German houwen "to chop or hack" (imperative houw) combined with den (accusative form of the definite article) and schilt "shield".
I believe it is from "The Land of How" in Ayrshire
Metonymic occupational name for a sailor, from Middle Dutch hoey "cargo ship".
A surname relatively common in Denmark, derived from the Old Norse word haugr, meaning "mound, cairn, hill". Alternatively, meaning can be traced back to the old Germanic personal name Hucger, a compound consisting of hug- "heart, mind, spirit" and geirr "spear".
Generally a topographical name for someone who lived on a hill or other high ground. As such Hoyt is related to words such as heights or high. Hoyt is also possibly a nickname for a tall, thin person where the original meaning is said to be "long stick".
HRACHGerman (Austrian, Rare), Czech (Rare)
Originated in the Czech-speaking region of Bohemia in Austria, pre-1900. From Czech hrách, meaning "pea." Given either to a very short man or to a gardener.
HRDINACzech, Slovak
Hrdina is a Czech and Slovak surname meaning "hero". Two notable bearers are Jan Hrdina, and Jiří Hrdina, both are ice hockey players.
This indicates familial origin within the Podlachian village of Hruszew.
It indicates familial origin within any of several Polesian villages named "Hryniewicze".
Taiwanese transcription of Xie.
Taiwanese transcription of Xin.
HUAMANQuechua (Hispanicized), Native American
Derived from Quechua waman meaning "falcon, hawk".
Possibly refers to the Inca administrative "unit of a thousand households"
From the Norman personal name Hubald, composed of the Germanic elements hug "heart, mind, spirit" and bald "bold, brave".
Not to be confused with the German surname.
HUBERTGerman, Dutch, English, French, Jewish
From a Germanic given name composed of the elements hug "heart", "mind", "spirit" and berht "bright", "famous".
Yiddish form of the German-Jewish surname Huberowitz, meaning "son of Heber."
HUCKEnglish, Dutch
From the medieval male personal name Hucke, which was probably descended from the Old English personal name Ucca or Hucca, perhaps a shortened form of Ūhtrǣd, literally "dawn-power".
Means "person from Huccaby", Devon (perhaps "crooked river-bend"), or "person from Uckerby", Yorkshire ("Úkyrri's or Útkári's farmstead").
English surname
Variant spelling of Huddleston.
HUDECCzech, Slovak
Occupational name for a fiddler, hudec, a derivative of housti meaning "to play the fiddle".
HUETTLUpper German
South German (Hüttl) diminutive of Hütt (see Huett).
From the Germanic personal name Hufo, a short form of a compound name formed with hug "heart, mind, spirit" as the first element.
Means "Uffa's town". A famous bearer is Arianna Huffington, born Αριάδνη-Άννα Στασινοπούλου
Victor Hugo was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He was also the writer of 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' and 'Les Misérables'.
huhta (“woodland cleared for slash-and-burn cultivation”) +‎ mäki (“hill”)
(Cantonese form)... [more]
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Castilian municipality of Los Altos.
Huik is an Estonian surname meaning "crake".
Means "daughter of Hulda". Used exclusively by women.
Means "son of Hulda". Used exclusively by men.
Hull is an Estonian surname meaning "loon" (Gavia).
derived from Holtz, means "a wood"
Combination of Swedish hult "grove, copse" and berg "mountain, hill". The surname could be derived from a place named with the element hult. Those place names are most common in Småland, southern Sweden.
Combination of Swedish hult "grove, a wood" and kvist "branch, twig".
HUMBERTGerman, Dutch, French
From a Germanic personal name composed of the elements hun "Hun, giant" or hun "bear cub" and berht "bright, famous". This was particularly popular in the Netherlands and North Germany during the Middle Ages as a result of the fame of a 7th-century St... [more]
Nickname for a meek or lowly person, from Middle English, Old French (h)umble (Latin humilis "lowly", a derivative of humus "ground").
German surname, composed of the elements hun "bear cub, giant, Hun" and bold "brave, commanding," hence "giant command."
Hummal is an Estonian surname derived from "Humal" (also an Estonian surname), meaning "hop" and "bine".
HUMPHERYEnglish, Irish
English and Irish: variant of Humphrey.
HUMPHREYSWelsh, English
Patronymic form of Humphrey. A famous bearer was Murray Humphreys (1899-1965), an American mobster of Welsh descent.
A nickname for a wealthy man, from Middle High German hundert meaning "hundred" + mark, a denomination of coin.
A habitational name from Old English hund,'hound', and Old Norse gata, 'gate'.
Hungerford is a Saxon name, meaning "Hanging Wood Ford".... [more]
Habitational name for someone from a place called Hunsberg or Huntsberg.
Hunt is an Estonian surname meaning "wolf".
English: habitational name from any of several places so called, named with the genitive plural huntena of Old English hunta ‘hunter’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’ or dun ‘hill’ (the forms in -ton and -don having become inextricably confused)... [more]
Habitational name for someone from Hintschingen, earlier Huntzingen.
Huon is a form of the name Hugh.
Variant of Heard.
HURLEYEnglish, Irish
Meaning is "from a corner clearing" in Old English. Also an anglicized form of an Irish name meaning "sea tide" or "sea valor".
HURRELLEnglish, Norman
English (of Norman origin) from a derivative of Old French hurer ‘to bristle or ruffle’, ‘to stand on end’ (see Huron).
This may be an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hEarghaill ‘descendant of Earghall’, a variant of Ó Fearghail (see Farrell).
From a Norman form of the Middle English personal name Wol(f)rich (with the addition of an inorganic initial H-).
Topographic name from Middle High German hurst "woodland, thicket".
Nickname for an aggressive person, from hurt ‘attack.’
Derived from the Spanish word hurtar, meaning "to steal".
Means "quick, fast, rapid" in Swedish.
English. Maybe means tailor or carpenter
HUSSAINIPersian, Afghani, Urdu, Arabic
From the given name Hussain.
HUSSEYEnglish, Irish
As an English surname, it comes from two distinct sources. It is either of Norman origin, derived from Houssaye, the name of an area in Seine-Maritime which ultimately derives from Old French hous "holly"; or it is from a Middle English nickname given to a woman who was the mistress of a household, from an alteration of husewif "housewife"... [more]
The name was originally spelled "Hustedt" and means "homestead." The family name originated in northern Germany. One branch of the family migrated to England, and a branch of that family to the United States.
Scottish variant spelling of Houston.
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 eponymous Moravian towns.
From the medieval personal name Huche, a pet form of Hugh.
"Variant of Hutchison; patronymic from the medieval personal name Hutche, a variant of Hugh"
Southern English patronymic from the medieval personal name Hutchin, a pet form of Hugh.
Means "son of HUTCHIN".
Patronymic from the medieval personal name Hutche, a variant of Hugh.
HUTTONEnglish, Scottish
Scottish and northern English habitational name from any of the numerous places so called from Old English hoh ‘ridge’, ‘spur’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.
from a Germanic personal name, Huzo
Hüüdma is an Estonian surname meaning to "call out" or "exclaim".
HUVALFrench (Cajun)
The Huval name has historically been labeled German or Acadian (Cajun), however, recently more information has been discovered that shows the Huvals came directly from France.... [more]
Probably from a topographic name Huck or Hucks, of uncertain origin. It occurs in many place and field names.
Habitational name from a place in Devon called Huxford (preserved in the name of Huxford Farm), from the Old English personal name Hōcc or the Old English word hōc ‘hook or angle of land’ + ford ‘ford’.
HWANGKorean, Chinese
Chinese variant transcription and Korean form of Huang.
English (mainly London and Surrey): possibly a topographic name from Middle English hegh, hie ‘high’ + yate ‘gate’. ... [more]
Topographic name for someone living on (and farming) a hide of land, Old English hī(gi)d. This was a variable measure of land, differing from place to place and time to time, and seems from the etymology to have been originally fixed as the amount necessary to support one (extended) family (Old English hīgan, hīwan "household")... [more]
HYKAAlbanian, Czech
This is both an Albanian and Czech surname. ... [more]
HYLANScottish, English
Variation of the surname Hyland.
Possibly an altered form of HUMMEL.
HYNDESTANAnglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
HYNDESTANEAnglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
HYNDESTONAnglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
Habitational name from an unidentified place in northern England, perhaps so called from Old English hæsel (or the Old Norse equivalent hesli) ‘hazel’ + hop ‘enclosed valley’.
From the Sino-Korean 玄 (hyeon) meaning "deep, profound, mysterious".