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HAAKDutch
Occupational name meaning "pedlar" in Dutch.
HAANRAADSDutch
Originally indicated a person from Haanrade, a small village in the south of the province of Limburg in the Netherlands.
HAASDutch, German
Variant of HASE.
HAASEGerman
Variant of HASE.
HABERGerman, Jewish
Derived from Middle High German haber "oats". This was an occupational name for one who grew or sold oats.
HABICHGerman
German cognate of HAWK.
HABICHTGerman
German cognate of HAWK.
HACKETTEnglish
From a diminutive of the medieval given name Hake, which was of Old Norse origin and meant "hook".
HADJIEVBulgarian
Variant transcription of HADZHIEV.
HADZHIEVBulgarian
Means "son of the pilgrim" from Bulgarian хаджия (hadzhiya) meaning "pilgrim", ultimately derived from Arabic حجّي (hajji).
HAFNERGerman
Derived from Middle German hafen "pot, dish", referring to a potter.
HAGEBAKNorwegian
Norwegian for "garden on a hill".
HAGENNorwegian, Dutch
From Old Norse hagi or Old Dutch hago meaning "enclosure, pasture".
HAGGARDEnglish
From a descriptive nickname meaning "wild, untamed, worn".
HAGOPIANArmenian
Means "son of HAGOP" in Armenian.
HAHNGerman
From Middle High German han, hane meaning "rooster". It was originally a nickname for a proud and pugnacious person.
HAIGEnglish, Scottish
From Old English haga or Old Norse hagi meaning "enclosure, pasture".
HAIGHTEnglish
Given to someone who lived at the top of a hill.
HAJEKCzech
Means "thicket" in Czech.
HAJÓSHungarian
Means "boatman" in Hungarian.
HAKIMArabic
Derived from the given name HAKIM.
HALÁSZHungarian
Means "fisherman" in Hungarian.
HALEEnglish
Derived from Old English healh meaning "nook, hollow".
HALEYEnglish
Variant of HAYLEY.
HALLEnglish, 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).
HALLEGerman
German variant of HALL.
HALLMANEnglish, Swedish
Occupational variant of HALL.
HALLORANIrish
From Irish Ó hAllmhuráin meaning "descendant of Allmhurán". The given name Allmhurán means "stranger from across the sea".
HALMIHungarian
Derived from Hungarian halom meaning "mound, small hill". Originally the name was given to someone who lived near or on a hill.
HALVORSENNorwegian
Means "son of HALVOR".
HAMASAKIJapanese
From Japanese (hama) meaning "beach, seashore" and (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula".
HAMILTONEnglish, 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).
HAMMEnglish
Means "river meadow" in Old English.
HAMPSONEnglish
Means "son of HAMO".
HAMPTONEnglish
From the name of a town in England, meaning "homestead farm".
HANChinese, 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.
HANCOCKEnglish
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.
HANLEYEnglish
Means "high meadow" in Old English.
HANSEN (2)Danish
Means "son of HANS".
HANSONEnglish
Means "son of HANN".
HANSSONSwedish
Means "son of HANS".
HARALAMPIEVBulgarian
Means "son of Haralampi", Haralampi being the Bulgarian form of CHARALAMPOS.
HARDENEnglish
From a place name meaning "hare valley" in Old English.
HARDIEScottish
Scottish form of HARDY.
HARDINGEnglish
Derived from the given name HEARD. A famous bearer was American president Warren G. Harding (1865-1923).
HARDWICKEnglish
From Old English heord "herd" and wíc "village, town".
HARDYEnglish, French
From Old French hardi meaning "bold, daring".
HARELJewish
Means in Hebrew "mountain of God".
HARFORDEnglish
Habitational name from places called Harford, in Gloucestershire and Devon, meaning "hart ford".
HARGRAVEEnglish
Derived from the Old English elements har meaning "grey" and graefe "thicket".
HARLANDEnglish
From a place name meaning "hare land" in Old English.
HARLEYEnglish
Derived from a place name meaning "hare clearing", from Old English hara "hare" and leah "woodland, clearing".
HARLOWEnglish
Habitational name derived from a number of locations named Harlow, from Old English hær "rock" or here "army", combined with hlaw "hill".
HARMAAJÄRVIFinnish
Means "grey lake". It is one of the many water-related surnames in Finland.
HARMONEnglish
From the given name HERMAN.
HAROLDSONEnglish
Means "son of HAROLD".
HARPEREnglish
Originally belonged to a person who played the harp or who made harps.
HARRELLEnglish
From the given name HAROLD.
HARRELSONEnglish
Variant of HAROLDSON. A famous bearer of this surname is the American actor Woody Harrelson.
HARRISEnglish
Means "son of HARRY".
HARRISONEnglish
Means "son of HARRY".
HARTEnglish
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.
HARTELLEnglish
Diminutive of either hardt "hardy, tough" or hart "male deer".
HARTMANNGerman
From the German given name HARTMANN.
HARVEYEnglish
From the Breton given name Haerviu (see HARVEY).
HASEGerman
From Middle High German and Middle Low German hase meaning "hare, rabbit". It is a nickname for a timid person.
HASEKGerman
Means "hare" from the German word haase.
HASENKAMPGerman
Means "rabbit field", from Middle German hase "rabbit" and kamp "field". It was documented in the year 1300.
HASHEMIPersian
From the given name HASHEM.
HASHIMOTOJapanese
From Japanese (hashi) meaning "bridge" and (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
HASSGerman
From the given name Hasso, a diminutive of Germanic names beginning with the element hadu meaning "combat".
HATHAWAYEnglish
Habitational name for someone who lived by a path across a heath, from Middle English hathe "heath" and weye "way".
HAUERGerman
Derived from Middle High German houwen "to chop", referring to a butcher or to a woodchopper.
HAUGENNorwegian
Means "hill" in Norwegian, used by families residing on hilltops.
HAUMANNDutch
Means "wood cutter" and is represented in the family crest. It originated in the Riga province of the Netherlands.
HAUPTGerman
German cognate of HEAD (1) or HEAD (2).
HAUSLERGerman
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.
HAVELCzech
Derived from the given name HAVEL.
HAVELKACzech
Means "son of HAVEL" in Czech.
HAVLÍČEKCzech
Diminutive form of HAVEL.
HAVRYLYUKUkrainian
From a diminutive of the given name HAVRYIL.
HAWKEnglish
Originally a nickname for a person who had a hawk-like appearance or who acted in a fierce manner.
HAWKINGEnglish
From a diminutive of HAWK.
HAWKINSEnglish
Patronymic surname derived from a diminutive of HAWK.
HAYASHIJapanese
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".
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".
HAYLEYEnglish
From the name of an English town meaning "hay clearing", from Old English heg "hay" and leah "clearing".
HAYNESEnglish
Patronymic derived from the Norman name HAGANO.
HAYWARDEnglish
Occupational name for a person who protected an enclosed forest. It is from Middle English hay "enclosure" and ward "guard".
HAYWOODEnglish
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.
HEADLEYEnglish
From a place name meaning "heather clearing" in Old English.
HEARNIrish
Anglicized form of Ó HEACHTHIGHEARNA.
HEATHEnglish
Originally belonged to a person who was a dweller on the heath or open land.
HÉBERTFrench
Derived from the given name HERBERT.
HEERENDutch
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.
HEFFERNANIrish
From Irish Ó hIfearnáin meaning "descendant of Ifearnán". The byname Ifearnán means "little demon".
HEGEDÛSHungarian
Means "fiddler", from Hungarian hegedû meaning "violin".
HEIDRICHGerman
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".
HEIJMANDutch
Patronymic surname based on the given name HENDRIK.
HEIKKIFinnish
From the given name HENRY.
HEIMANDutch
Variant of HEIJMAN.
HEIMIRSSONIcelandic
Means "son of Heimir".
HEINRICHGerman
Derived from the German given name HEINRICH.
HEINTZEGerman
Derived from a diminutive of HEINRICH.
HELLEWEGEGerman
Derived from the German given name Hellwig, which is a newer form of both Helmwig meaning "helmet and battle" and HEILWIG.
HENDRIKSDutch
Derived from the given name HENDRIK.
HENDRYScottish, English
Derived from the given name HENRY.
HENNESSYIrish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó hAonghuis meaning "descendant of AONGHUS".
HENNINGSENDanish
Means "son of HENNING".
HENRIKSSONSwedish
Means "son of HENRIK".
HENRIQUESPortuguese
Means "son of HENRIQUE" in Portuguese.
HENRYEnglish
Derived from the given name HENRY.
HENRYSONEnglish
Means "son of HENRY". A bearer of this surname was the poet Robert Henryson (1425-1500).
HENSONEnglish
Means "son of Henne", Henne being a diminutive of HENRY.
HEPBURNScottish, 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.
HEPPENHEIMERGerman
From Heppenheim, the name of a city in Hessen.
HERBERTEnglish, German, French
Derived from the male given name HERBERT.
HERBERTSONEnglish
Means "son of HERBERT".
HERCEGCroatian
Croatian form of HERZOG.
HERCZEGHungarian
Hungarian form of HERZOG.
HERMANEnglish, Dutch
From the given name HERMAN.
HERMANNGerman
From the given name HERMANN.
HERMANSDutch, Flemish
Means "son of HERMAN".
HERMANSENDanish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian form of HERMANSON.
HERMANSONEnglish
Means "son of HERMAN".
HERNÁNDEZSpanish
Means "son of HERNANDO" in Spanish.
HERREMAFrisian
From a Frisian diminutive of the given name HENRY.
HERRERASpanish
Spanish form of FERREIRA.
HERREROSpanish
Spanish cognate of FERRARI.
HERRIOTFrench
From a diminutive of the given name HENRI.
HERSCHELGerman, 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.
HERTZGerman
Derived from German herz meaning "heart", a nickname for a big-hearted person.
HERZOGGerman
From a German title meaning "duke".
HEWITTEnglish
Derived from a diminutive of the given name HUGH.
HEXTEnglish
From a nickname meaning "tallest" in Middle English. It is most common in the southwest of England in the county of Devon.
HEYMANDutch
Variant of HEIJMAN.
HIBBERTEnglish
Derived from the given name HILBERT.
HICKEYIrish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó hÍcidhe meaning "descendant of the healer".
HICKSEnglish
Derived from the medieval given name Hicke, a diminutive of RICHARD.
HIERWelsh
Means "tall, long" from Welsh hir.
HIERROSpanish
Spanish form of FERRO.
HIGGINSIrish
From Irish Ó hUiginn which means "descendant of Uiginn". Uiginn is a byname meaning "Viking".
HIGHTOWEREnglish
Originally designated a dweller near a tall tower or spire.
HILDEBRANDGerman
From the given name HILDEBRAND.
HILLEnglish
Originally given to a person who lived on or near a hill, derived from Old English hyll.
HILLAMEnglish
Originally Hillham, meaning "hamlet on the hill".
HILMARSSONIcelandic
Means "son of Hilmar".
HILTONEnglish
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.
HIMURAJapanese
From Japanese (hi) meaning "scarlet, dark red" and (mura) meaning "town, village".
HINESIrish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó hEidhin meaning "descendant of Eidhin", a given name or byname of unknown origin.
HINRICHSGerman
Derived from the given name HINRICH.
HINTZENGerman
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.
HISAKAWAJapanese
From Japanese (hisa) meaning "long time ago" and (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
HJORTDanish, Swedish
Danish and Swedish cognate of HART.
HLAVAČCzech
Derived from Czech hlava "head".
HLAVAČEKCzech
Derived from a diminutive of Czech hlava "head".
HOÀNGVietnamese
Vietnamese form of HUANG, from Sino-Vietnamese (hoàng).
HOBBESEnglish
Variant of HOBBS. A famous bearer of this name was British political philosopher Thomas Hobbes, the author of 'Leviathan'.
HOBBSEnglish
Derived from the medieval given name HOB.
HOBSONEnglish
Means "son of HOB".
HOCHGerman
Means "tall" in German.
HOCHBERGGerman, Jewish
Means "high hill" in German.
HODGESEnglish
Patronymic of Hodge, a medieval diminutive of ROGER.
HODSONEnglish
Means "son of Hodge", a medieval diminutive of ROGER.
HOEDEMAKERDutch
From the old profession of hoedemaker, the person who made hoeden (singular hoed) meaning "hat" in Dutch.
HOEFLERGerman
Variant of HOFER.
HOEKSTRAFrisian
Frisian surname meaning "from the corner" or "corner farm".
HOFERGerman
Occupational surname meaning "farmer" in German.
HOFFMANNGerman
From Middle High German hove(s)man or hofman meaning "farmer, owner of a farmstead".
HÖFLERGerman
Variant of HOFER.
HOFMEISTERGerman
Means "master of the household", from Middle German hof "household, court" and meister "master, keeper".
HOGANIrish
From Irish Ó hÓgáin meaning "descendant of Ógán". The given name Ógán is a diminutive of óg meaning "young".
HOGARTHEnglish
From a place name meaning "hog pen". It was first recorded in North Yorkshire.
HOLGERSSONSwedish
Means "son of HOLGER".
HOLGUÍNSpanish
Means "to be happy, to enjoy oneself" from Spanish holger.
HOLLANDSEnglish
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.
HOLLINSEnglish
Refers to someone living by a holly tree. The name originates from Cheshire in the North of England.
HOLMEEnglish, 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).
HOLMESEnglish, Scottish
Variant of HOLME. A famous fictional bearer was Sherlock Holmes, a detective in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's mystery stories beginning in 1887.
HOLMSTRÖMSwedish
Means "islet stream" (from Swedish holme "islet" and ström "stream").
HOLMWOODEnglish
Old English meaning "holly wood" or from a place name in Derby or Surrey.
HOLSTDanish, 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).
HOLTDutch, Danish, English, Norwegian
Means "a wood" or "grove" in Old English or German.
HOLTZERGerman
Means "a person who lives near a forest" in German.
HOLUBCzech, Ukrainian
Derived from holub "dove".
HOLZKNECHTGerman
Occupational name for a woodworker's apprentice, from Old German holz "wood" and knecht "apprentice, servant".
HOLZMANNGerman
Derived from German holz "wood" and mann "man". The name was given to someone who lived close to a wood, or worked with wood.
HONDAJapanese
From Japanese (hon) meaning "root, origin, source" and (ta) meaning "field".
HONEYCUTTEnglish
Derived from the name of the English town Hunnacott. The name of the town is probably derived from Old English hunig "honey", cot "cottage".
HONEYSETTEnglish
English surname of Walloon origin, derived from a diminutive of the name JOHANNES (Hanosse).
HOOKEREnglish
Originally applied to one who lived near a spur, river bend, or corner of some natural feature.
HOOPEREnglish
Occupational name for someone who put the metal hoops around wooden barrels.
HOOVERGerman
Name for a land-owner, from Old German huoba, a measure of land.
HOPEEnglish
Derived from Middle English hop "small valley".
HOPKINSEnglish
Patronymic formed from a diminutive of HOB.
HOPPEREnglish
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.
HORAČEKCzech
Diminutive derived from Czech hora "mountain".
HORAKCzech
Derived from Czech hora "mountain", a cognate of the Polish GÓRSKI.
HORNEnglish, 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.
HORNEEnglish
Variant of HORN.
HORNIKCzech, Slovak
Occupational name meaning "miner".
HOROWITZGerman, Jewish
From the German name for Horovice, a town in the Central Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic.
HORSFALLEnglish
Derived from a place in Yorkshire meaning "horse clearing".
HORTONEnglish
From the name of a town in Yorkshire meaning "mud town".
HORVATCroatian, Slovene
From Croatian and Slovene Hrvat meaning "Croat, person from Croatia".
HORVÁTHHungarian
From Hungarian horvát meaning "Croatian".
HORVATINČIĆCroatian
Patronymic derived from HORVAT.
HOUChinese
From Chinese (hóu) meaning "lord, nobleman".
HOUBENDutch
Derived from the given name Hubertus (see HUBERT).
HOUKGerman
Derived from the medieval German region of Huc, located in northeastern Germany.
HOUSEEnglish
Referred to a person who lived in a house, as opposed to a smaller hut.
HOUSTONScottish
Means "HUGH's town". The original Houston is in Scotland near Glasgow.
HOUTKOOPERDutch
Means "buyer of wood" in Dutch.
HOUTMANDutch
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.
HOVANESIANArmenian
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".
HOWEEnglish
Name for one who lived on a hill, from Middle English how "hill".
HOWELLWelsh
Derived from the Welsh given name HYWEL.
HOWSEEnglish
Variant of HOWE.
HOXHAAlbanian
From the Persian title خواجه (khvajeh) meaning "lord".
HRABECzech
Derived from the Czech word hrabe "count". The name was perhaps used to denote a servant of a count.
HRISTOVBulgarian
Means "son of HRISTO".
HRUBYCzech
Derived from Czech hruby "crude".
HRUŠKACzech
Means "pear" in Czech. It was most likely used to denote a person who grew or sold pears.
HSUChinese
Variant transcription of XU.
HUChinese
From Chinese () meaning "beard, whiskers, recklessly, wildly, barbarian".
HUANGChinese
From Chinese (huáng) meaning "yellow".
HÜBERGerman
Variant of HUBER.
HUBERGerman
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.
HUDDLESONEnglish
Means "son of Huddle" (see HUDSON).
HUDDLESTONEnglish
From the name of a town Huddleston in the Yorkshire region of England. It means "Hudel's town".
HUDNALLEnglish
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.
HUDSONEnglish
Means "son of HUDDE".
HUERTASpanish
Means "garden, small orchard" in Spanish, ultimately from Latin hortus.
HUFFEnglish, German
Means "spur of a hill" in Old English.
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