Surnames Starting with H

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HAAK Dutch
Occupational name meaning "peddler" in Dutch.
HAAKONSSON Norwegian
Means "son of HÅKON".
HAANRAADS Dutch
Originally indicated a person from Haanrade, a small village in the south of the province of Limburg in the Netherlands.
HAAS Dutch, German
Variant of HASE.
HAASE German
Variant of HASE.
HABER German, Jewish
Occupational name for one who grew or sold oats, derived from Old High German habaro "oat". As a Jewish surname it is ornamental.
HABERKORN German
Occupational name for a dealer in oats, derived from Old High German habaro "oat" and korn "kernel, grain".
HABICH German
German cognate of HAWK.
HABICHT German
German cognate of HAWK.
HACKETT English
From a diminutive of the medieval byname Hake, which was of Old Norse origin and meant "hook".
HADEN English
From a place name derived from Old English hæþ "heath" and dun "hill".
HADJIEV Bulgarian
Alternate transcription of Bulgarian Хаджиев (see HADZHIEV).
HADZHIEV Bulgarian
Means "son of the pilgrim" from Bulgarian хаджия (hadzhiya) meaning "pilgrim", ultimately derived from Arabic حجّي (hajji).
HAFNER German
Occupational name for a potter, derived from Old High German havan "pot, vessel".
HAGEN Norwegian, Dutch
From Old Norse hagi or Old Dutch hago meaning "enclosure, pasture".
HAGGARD English
From a nickname meaning "wild, untamed, worn", from Old French, ultimately from a Germanic root.
HAGOPIAN Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Հակոբյան (see HAKOBYAN).
HAHN German
From a nickname for a proud or pugnacious person, from Old High German hano meaning "rooster, cock".
HAIG English, Scottish
From Old English haga or Old Norse hagi meaning "enclosure, pasture".
HAIGHT English
Topographic name for someone who lived at the top of a hill, derived from Old English heahþu "height, summit".
HAILEY English
Variant of HALEY.
HAINES English
Variant of HAYNES.
HÁJEK Czech
Means "thicket" in Czech, a diminutive of háj "woods".
HAJÓS Hungarian
Means "boatman, sailor" in Hungarian.
HAKIM Arabic
Derived from the given name HAKIM.
HAKOBYAN Armenian
Means "son of HAKOB" in Armenian.
HALÁSZ Hungarian
Means "fisherman" in Hungarian.
HALE English
Derived from Old English halh meaning "nook, recess, hollow".
HALEY English
From the name of an English town meaning "hay clearing", from Old English heg "hay" and leah "clearing".
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 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".
HAMBLETON English
From various English place names, derived from Old English hamel "crooked, mutilated" and tun "enclosure, yard, town".
HAMILTON English, Scottish
From an English place name, derived from Old English 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.
HAMMOND English
From the Norman given name HAMO.
HAMPSON English
Means "son of HAMO".
HAMPTON English
From the name of multiple towns in England, derived from Old English ham "home" or ham "water meadow, enclosure" and tun "enclosure, yard, town".
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.
HANLEY English
From various English place names meaning "high meadow" in Old English.
HANSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of HANS".
HANSON English
Means "son of HANN".
HANSSON Swedish
Means "son of HANS".
HARALDSEN Norwegian
Means "son of HARALD".
HARALDSSON Swedish
Means "son of HARALD".
HARDEN English
From a place name meaning "hare valley" in Old English.
HARDIE Scottish
Scots variant 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 and Middle English hardi meaning "bold, daring", of Germanic origin.
HAREL Jewish
Ornamental name adopted from a biblical place name meaning "altar, mountain of God" in Hebrew.
HARFORD English
Habitational name from places called Harford in Gloucestershire and Devon, meaning "hart ford" or "army ford".
HARGRAVE English
Derived from Old English har meaning "grey" and graf "grove".
HARLAND English
From various place names 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, heap of stones" or here "army", combined with hlaw "hill".
HARMAAJÄRVI Finnish
Means "grey lake" in Finnish.
HARMAN English
From the given name HERMAN.
HARMON English
From the given name HERMAN.
HAROLDSON Swedish
Anglicized form of HARALDSSON.
HARPER English
Originally belonged to a person who played the harp or who made harps.
HARRELL English
From the given name HAROLD.
HARRELSON English
Means "son of HAROLD". A famous bearer of this surname is the American actor Woody Harrelson (1961-).
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
From various place names derived from Old English heort "hart, male deer" and hyll "hill".
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". This was a nickname for a person who was quick or timid.
HASEK Czech
From a diminutive of the given name HAVEL.
HASENKAMP German
From a northern German place name meaning "rabbit field", from Old Saxon haso "hare" and kamp "field" (from Latin campus).
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.
HATHAWAY English
Habitational name for someone who lived near a path across a heath, from Old English hæþ "heath" and weg "way".
HAUER German
Derived from Middle High German houwen "to chop", referring to a butcher or woodchopper.
HAUGEN Norwegian
Means "the hill" in Norwegian, referring to a person who lived on a hilltop.
HAUMANN German
Derived from Middle High German houwen "to chop" and man "man", referring to a butcher or woodchopper.
HAUPT German
German cognate of HEAD.
HÄUSLER German
Name for someone who lived in a house with no land, derived rom Old High German word hus meaning "house".
HAVEL Czech
Derived from the given name HAVEL.
HAVELKA Czech
Means "son of HAVEL" in Czech.
HAVENER German
Variant of HAFNER.
HAVLÍČEK Czech
From a diminutive of the given name HAVEL.
HAVRYLYUK Ukrainian
From a diminutive of the given name HAVRYIL.
HAWK English
Originally a nickname for a person who had a hawk-like appearance or who acted in a fierce manner, derived from Old English heafoc "hawk".
HAWKING English
From a diminutive of HAWK. A famous bearer was the British physicist Stephen Hawking (1942-2018).
HAWKINS English
From a diminutive of HAWK.
HAYASHI Japanese
From Japanese (hayashi) meaning "forest".
HAYDEN (1) English
From place names meaning either "hay valley" or "hay hill", derived from Old English heg "hay" and denu "valley" or dun "hill".
HAYES (1) English
From various English place names that were derived from Old English hæg meaning "enclosure, fence". A famous bearer was American President Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893).
HAYES (2) Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó hAodha meaning "descendant of AODH".
HAYES (3) Jewish
Matronymic name derived from the given name CHAYA.
HAYLEY English
Variant of HALEY.
HAYNES English
Patronymic derived from the Norman name HAGANO.
HAYTER English
Name for a person who lived on a hill, from Middle English heyt meaning "height".
HAYWARD English
Occupational name for a person who protected an enclosed forest, from Old English hæg "enclosure, fence" and weard "guard".
HAYWOOD English
From various place names meaning "fenced wood" in Old English.
HEAD English
From Middle English hed meaning "head", from Old English heafod. It may have referred to a person who had a peculiar head, who lived near the head of a river or valley, or who served as the village headman.
HEADLEY English
From place names 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.
HEEREN Dutch
From Dutch heer "lord, master", a nickname for a person who acted like a lord or who worked for a lord.
HEFFERNAN Irish
From Irish Ó hIfearnáin meaning "descendant of Ifearnán". The byname Ifearnán means "little demon".
HEGEDŰS Hungarian
Means "fiddler" in Hungarian, from hegedű "violin".
HEIDRICH German
From the Germanic given name HEIDRICH.
HEIJMAN Dutch
Patronymic from a diminutive of the given name HENDRIK.
HEIKKI Finnish
From the given name HEIKKI.
HEIMAN Jewish
From the given name CHAYYIM.
HEIMANS Dutch
Variant of HEIJMAN.
HEIMISSON Icelandic
Means "son of HEIMIR".
HEINRICH German
Derived from the given name HEINRICH.
HEINRICHS German
Derived from the given name HEINRICH.
HEINTZE German
Derived from a diminutive of HEINRICH.
HEINZ German
Derived from a diminutive of HEINRICH.
HENDRIKS Dutch
Derived from the given name HENDRIK.
HENDRIKX Dutch
Derived from the given name HENDRIK.
HENDRIX Dutch
Derived from the given name HENDRIK. A famous bearer was the American rock musician Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970).
HENDRY Scottish, English
Derived from the given name HENRY.
HENNESSY Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó hAonghuis meaning "descendant of AONGHUS".
HENNINGSEN Danish
Means "son of HENNING".
HENRIKSSON Swedish
Means "son of HENRIK".
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", a medieval diminutive of HENRY.
HEPBURN English, Scottish
From northern English place names meaning "high burial mound" in Old English. It was borne by Mary Queen of Scot's infamous third husband, James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwall. Other famous bearers include the actresses Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003) and Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993).
HEPPENHEIMER German
From the name of the city of Heppenheim in Hesse, Germany.
HERBERT English, German, French
Derived from the male given name HERBERT.
HERBERTSON English
Means "son of HERBERT".
HERCEG Croatian
Croatian form of HERZOG.
HERCZEG Hungarian
Hungarian form of HERZOG.
HERCZOG Hungarian
Hungarian form of HERZOG.
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
Frisian variant of HEEREN.
HERRERA Spanish
Spanish form of FERREIRA.
HERRERO Spanish
Spanish cognate of FERRARI.
HERRIOT English
From an Old French diminutive of the given name HERRY.
HERSCHEL German, Jewish
Diminutive form of HIRSCH (1) or HIRSCH (2). A famous bearer was the British-German astronomer William Herschel (1738-1822), as well as his sister Caroline Herschel (1750-1848) and son John Herschel (1792-1871), also noted scientists.
HERSHEY English
Originally denoted a person from Hercé in Normandy.
HERTZ German
Derived from Middle High German herze meaning "heart", a nickname for a big-hearted person.
HERZOG German
From a German title meaning "duke", a nickname for a person who either acted like a duke or worked in a duke's household.
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 Jewish
From the given name CHAYYIM.
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 meaning "descendant of Uiginn". Uiginn is a byname meaning "Viking".
HIGHTOWER English
Possibly a variant of HAYTER.
HILDEBRAND German
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
From English places by this name, derived from Old English hyll meaning "hill".
HILMARSSON Icelandic
Means "son of HILMAR".
HILTON English
From various English place names derived from Old English hyll "hill" and tun "enclosure, town". 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 Low German
Derived from the given name HINRICH.
HINTZEN German
Means "son of Hintz", a diminutive of HEINRICH.
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) Jewish
Derived from the given name HIRSH.
HIRSCHEL German, Jewish
Diminutive form of HIRSCH (1) or HIRSCH (2).
HISAKAWA Japanese
From Japanese (hisa) meaning "long time ago" and (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
HJORT Danish, Swedish
Danish and Swedish cognate of HART.
HLAVÁČ Czech
From a nickname for a person with an oddly-shaped head, derived from Czech hlava "head".
HLAVÁČEK Czech
Diminutive form of HLAVÁČ.
HOÀNG Vietnamese
Vietnamese form of HUANG, from Sino-Vietnamese (hoàng).
HOBBES English
Derived from the medieval given name HOB. A famous bearer of this name was British political philosopher Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), 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
From place names meaning "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.
HOEDEMAKER Dutch
Occupational name for a hat maker, from Dutch hoed "hat" and maker "maker".
HOEFLER German
Variant of HOFER.
HOEK Dutch
From Dutch hoek meaning "corner".
HOEKSTRA Frisian
From Frisian hoek meaning "corner".
HOFER German
Occupational name for a farmer, from German Hof "farm", from Old High German hof "house, estate, courtyard".
HOFFMANN German
From Middle High German hofmann meaning "farmer".
HÖFLER German
Variant of HOFER.
HOFMEISTER German
Means "master of the household", from Old High German hof "house, estate, courtyard" and meistar "master" (from Latin magister).
HOGAN Irish
From Irish Ó hÓgáin meaning "descendant of Ógán". The given name Ógán is a diminutive of óg meaning "young".
HOGGARD English
Occupational name meaning "pig herder", from Old English hogg "hog" and hierde "herdsman, guardian".
HOLGERSSON Swedish
Means "son of HOLGER".
HOLGUÍN Spanish
Possibly from Spanish holgar "to rest, to enjoy oneself".
HOLLAND (1) English
From various English places of this name, derived from Old English hoh "point of land, heel" and land "land".
HOLLAND (2) Dutch, German, English
Indicated a person from the Dutch province of HOLLAND (1).
HOLLINS English
Referred to someone living by a group of holly trees, from Old English holegn.
HOLME English, Scottish
Referred either to someone living by a small island (northern Middle English holm, from Old Norse holmr) or near a holly tree (Middle English holm, from Old English holegn).
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
From Swedish holme "islet" and ström "stream".
HOLST Danish, Low German, Dutch
Originally referred 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 English, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian
From Old English, Old Dutch and Old Norse holt meaning "forest".
HOLTMAN Dutch
Dutch cognate of HOLZMANN.
HOLTZ German
German cognate of HOLT.
HOLUB Czech, Ukrainian
Means "dove, pigeon" in Czech and Ukrainian.
HÖLZER German
German cognate of HOLT.
HOLZER German
German cognate of HOLT.
HOLZKNECHT German
Occupational name for a forester's helper, from Old High German holz "wood" and kneht "servant, apprentice".
HOLZMANN German
Derived from Old High German holz "wood" and man "man", a name for someone who lived close to a wood or worked with wood.
HOMEWOOD English
From various place names derived from Old English ham meaning "home" and wudu meaning "wood".
HONDA Japanese
From Japanese (hon) meaning "root, origin, source" and (ta) meaning "field".
HONEYCUTT English
Derived from the name of the English town of Hunnacott, derived from Old English hunig "honey" or the given name Huna combined with cot "cottage".
HONEYSETT English
Possibly a variant of HONEYCUTT.
HOOKER English
Originally applied to one who lived near a river bend or corner of some natural feature, from Old English hoc "angle, hook".
HOOPER English
Occupational name for someone who put the metal hoops around wooden barrels.
HOOVER German (Anglicized)
Americanized form of HUBER.
HOPE English
Derived from Middle English hop meaning "small valley".
HOPKINS English
Patronymic formed from a diminutive of HOB.
HOPPER English
Occupational name for an acrobat or a nickname for someone who was nervous or restless. A famous bearer was the American actor Dennis Hopper (1936-2010).
HOPSON English
Variant of HOBSON.
HORÁČEK Czech
Diminutive derived from Czech hora "mountain".
HORÁK Czech
Derived from Czech hora "mountain".
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.
HORNÍK Czech, Slovak
Occupational name meaning "miner" in Czech and Slovak.
HOROWITZ Jewish
From the German name of Hořovice, a town in the Czech Republic. Its name is derived from Czech hora "mountain".
HORSFALL English
From a minor place in Yorkshire derived from Old English hors "horse" and fall "clearing".
HORTON English
From the names of various places in England, which are derived from Old English horh "dirt, mud" and tun "enclosure, yard, town".
HORVAT Croatian, Slovene
From Croatian and Slovene Hrvat meaning "Croat, person from Croatia".
HORVÁTH Hungarian
Hungarian form of HORVAT.
HORVATINČIĆ Croatian
Patronymic derived from HORVAT.
HOU Chinese
From Chinese (hóu) meaning "lord, nobleman".
HOUBEN Dutch
Derived from the given name HUBERT.
HOUK Dutch (Anglicized)
Possibly an Americanized form of HOEK.
HOUSE English
Referred to a person who lived or worked in a house, as opposed to a smaller hut.
HOUSTON Scottish
Means "HUGH's town". The original Houston is in Scotland near Glasgow.
HOUTKOOPER Dutch
Means "buyer of wood" in Dutch.
HOUTMAN Dutch
Dutch cognate of HOLZMANN.
HOVANESIAN Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Հովհաննիսյան (see HOVHANNISYAN).
HOVHANNISYAN Armenian
Means "son of HOVHANNES" in Armenian.
HOWARD (1) English
Derived from the given name HUGHARD or HÁVARÐR.
HOWARD (2) English
Occupational name meaning "ewe herder", from Old English eowu "ewe" and hierde "herdsman, guardian".
HOWE English
Name for one who lived on a hill, from Middle English how "hill" (of Norse origin).
HOWELL Welsh
From the Welsh given name HYWEL.
HOWSE English
Variant of HOWE.
HOXHA Albanian
From the Persian title خواجه (khvajeh) meaning "lord".
HRABĚ Czech
Means "count" in Czech, perhaps used to denote someone who worked for a count or acted like a count.
HRISTOV Bulgarian
Means "son of HRISTO".
HRUBÝ Czech
Means "crude, coarse" in Czech.
HRUŠKA Czech
Means "pear" in Czech, most likely used to denote a person who grew or sold pears.
HSU Chinese
Alternate transcription of Chinese (see 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
Occupational name for a farmer, derived from Old High German huoba "plot of land, farm".
HUDDLESON English
Means "son of Hudel", a diminutive of HUDDE.
HUDDLESTON English
From the name of a town in the Yorkshire region of England, which means "Hudel's town" in Old English.