Surnames Starting with H

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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
Occupational name for one who grew or sold oats, derived from Old High German habaro "oat". As a Jewish surname it is ornamental.
HABERKORNGerman
Occupational name for a dealer in oats, derived from Old High German habaro "oat" and korn "kernel, grain".
HABICHGerman
German cognate of HAWK.
HABICHTGerman
German cognate of HAWK.
HACKETTEnglish
From a diminutive of the medieval byname Hake, which was of Old Norse origin and meant "hook".
HADENEnglish
From a place name derived from Old English hæþ "heath" and dun "hill".
HADJIEVBulgarian
Variant transcription of HADZHIEV.
HADZHIEVBulgarian
Means "son of the pilgrim" from Bulgarian хаджия (hadzhiya) meaning "pilgrim", ultimately derived from Arabic حجّي (hajji).
HAFNERGerman
Occupational name for a potter, derived from Old High German havan "pot, vessel".
HAGENNorwegian, Dutch
From Old Norse hagi or Old Dutch hago meaning "enclosure, pasture".
HAGGARDEnglish
From a nickname meaning "wild, untamed, worn", from Old French, ultimately from a Germanic root.
HAGOPIANArmenian
Variant transcription of HAKOBYAN.
HAHNGerman
From a nickname for a proud or pugnacious person, from Old High German hano meaning "rooster, cock".
HAIGEnglish, Scottish
From Old English haga or Old Norse hagi meaning "enclosure, pasture".
HAIGHTEnglish
Topographic name for someone who lived at the top of a hill, derived from Old English heahþu "height, summit".
HAILEYEnglish
Variant of HALEY.
HÁJEKCzech
Means "thicket" in Czech, a diminutive of háj "woods".
HAJÓSHungarian
Means "boatman, sailor" in Hungarian.
HAKIMArabic
Derived from the given name HAKIM.
HAKOBYANArmenian
Means "son of HAKOB" in Armenian.
HALÁSZHungarian
Means "fisherman" in Hungarian.
HALEEnglish
Derived from Old English halh meaning "nook, recess, hollow".
HALEYEnglish
From the name of an English town meaning "hay clearing", from Old English heg "hay" and leah "clearing".
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.
HALLMANSwedish
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".
HAMBLETONEnglish
From various English place names, derived from Old English hamel "crooked, mutilated" and tun "enclosure, yard, town".
HAMILTONEnglish, 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).
HAMMEnglish
Means "river meadow" in Old English.
HAMMONDEnglish
From the Norman given name HAMO.
HAMPSONEnglish
Means "son of HAMO".
HAMPTONEnglish
From the name of multiple towns in England, derived from Old English ham "home" or ham "water meadow, enclosure" and tun "enclosure, yard, town".
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.
HANLEYEnglish
From various English place names meaning "high meadow" in Old English.
HANSENDanish, Norwegian
Means "son of HANS".
HANSONEnglish
Means "son of HANN".
HANSSONSwedish
Means "son of HANS".
HARALDSENNorwegian
Means "son of HARALD".
HARALDSSONSwedish
Means "son of HARALD".
HARDENEnglish
From a place name meaning "hare valley" in Old English.
HARDIEScottish
Scots variant 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 and Middle English hardi meaning "bold, daring", of Germanic origin.
HARELJewish
Ornamental name adopted from a biblical place name meaning "altar, mountain of God" in Hebrew.
HARFORDEnglish
Habitational name from places called Harford in Gloucestershire and Devon, meaning "hart ford" or "army ford".
HARGRAVEEnglish
Derived from Old English har meaning "grey" and graf "grove".
HARLANDEnglish
From various place names 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, heap of stones" or here "army", combined with hlaw "hill".
HARMAAJÄRVIFinnish
Means "grey lake" in Finnish.
HARMANEnglish
From the given name HERMAN.
HARMONEnglish
From the given name HERMAN.
HAROLDSONSwedish
Anglicized form of HARALDSSON.
HARPEREnglish
Originally belonged to a person who played the harp or who made harps.
HARRELLEnglish
From the given name HAROLD.
HARRELSONEnglish
Means "son of HAROLD". A famous bearer of this surname is the American actor Woody Harrelson (1961-).
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
From various place names derived from Old English heort "hart, male deer" and hyll "hill".
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". This was a nickname for a person who was quick or timid.
HASEKCzech
From a diminutive of the given name HAVEL.
HASENKAMPGerman
From a northern German place name meaning "rabbit field", from Old Saxon haso "hare" and kamp "field" (from Latin campus).
HASHEMIPersian
From the given name HASHEM.
HASHIMOTOJapanese
From Japanese (hashi) meaning "bridge" and (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
HASSGerman
From the given name HASSO.
HATHAWAYEnglish
Habitational name for someone who lived near a path across a heath, from Old English hæþ "heath" and weg "way".
HAUERGerman
Derived from Middle High German houwen "to chop", referring to a butcher or woodchopper.
HAUGENNorwegian
Means "the hill" in Norwegian, referring to a person who lived on a hilltop.
HAUMANNGerman
Derived from Middle High German houwen "to chop" and man "man", referring to a butcher or woodchopper.
HAUPTGerman
German cognate of HEAD.
HÄUSLERGerman
Name for someone who lived in a house with no land, derived rom Old High German word hus meaning "house".
HAVELCzech
Derived from the given name HAVEL.
HAVELKACzech
Means "son of HAVEL" in Czech.
HAVLÍČEKCzech
From a diminutive of the given name 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, derived from Old English heafoc "hawk".
HAWKINGEnglish
From a diminutive of HAWK. A famous bearer was the British physicist Stephen Hawking (1942-2018).
HAWKINSEnglish
From a diminutive of HAWK.
HAYASHIJapanese
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 which 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.
HAYLEYEnglish
Variant of HALEY.
HAYNESEnglish
Patronymic derived from the Norman name HAGANO.
HAYTEREnglish
Name for a person who lived on a hill, from Middle English heyt meaning "height".
HAYWARDEnglish
Occupational name for a person who protected an enclosed forest, from Old English hæg "enclosure, fence" and weard "guard".
HAYWOODEnglish
From various place names meaning "fenced wood" in Old English.
HEADEnglish
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.
HEADLEYEnglish
From place names 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
From Dutch heer "lord, master", a nickname for a person who acted like a lord or who worked for a lord.
HEFFERNANIrish
From Irish Ó hIfearnáin meaning "descendant of Ifearnán". The byname Ifearnán means "little demon".
HEGEDŰSHungarian
Means "fiddler" in Hungarian, from hegedű "violin".
HEIDRICHGerman
From the Germanic given name HEIDRICH.
HEIJMANDutch
Patronymic from a diminutive of the given name HENDRIK.
HEIKKIFinnish
From the given name HEIKKI.
HEIMANJewish
From the given name CHAYYIM.
HEIMISSONIcelandic
Means "son of HEIMIR".
HEINRICHGerman
Derived from the given name HEINRICH.
HEINRICHSGerman
Derived from the given name HEINRICH.
HEINTZEGerman
Derived from a diminutive of HEINRICH.
HEINZGerman
Derived from a diminutive of HEINRICH.
HENDRIKSDutch
Derived from the given name HENDRIK.
HENDRIKXDutch
Derived from the given name HENDRIK.
HENDRIXDutch
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".
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", a medieval diminutive of HENRY.
HEPBURNEnglish, 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).
HEPPENHEIMERGerman
From the name of the city of Heppenheim in Hesse, Germany.
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.
HERCZOGHungarian
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
Frisian variant of HEEREN.
HERRERASpanish
Spanish form of FERREIRA.
HERREROSpanish
Spanish cognate of FERRARI.
HERRIOTEnglish
From an Old French diminutive of the given name HERRY.
HERSCHELGerman, 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.
HERSHEYEnglish
Originally denoted a person from Hercé in Normandy.
HERTZGerman
Derived from Middle High German herze meaning "heart", a nickname for a big-hearted person.
HERZOGGerman
From a German title meaning "duke", a nickname for a person who either acted like a duke or worked in a duke's household.
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.
HEYMANJewish
From the given name CHAYYIM.
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
Possibly a variant of HAYTER.
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
From English places by this name, derived from Old English hyll meaning "hill".
HILTONEnglish
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.
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.
HINRICHSLow German
Derived from the given name HINRICH.
HINTZENGerman
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.
HISAKAWAJapanese
From Japanese (hisa) meaning "long time ago" and (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
HJORTDanish, Swedish
Danish and Swedish cognate of HART.
HLAVÁČCzech
From a nickname for a person with an oddly-shaped head, derived from Czech hlava "head".
HLAVÁČEKCzech
Diminutive form of HLAVÁČ.
HOÀNGVietnamese
Vietnamese form of HUANG, from Sino-Vietnamese (hoàng).
HOBBESEnglish
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'.
HOBBSEnglish
Derived from the medieval given name HOB.
HOBSONEnglish
Means "son of HOB".
HOCHGerman
Means "tall" in German.
HOCHBERGGerman, Jewish
From place names meaning "high hill" in German.
HODGESEnglish
Patronymic of Hodge, a medieval diminutive of ROGER.
HODSONEnglish
Means "son of Hodge", a medieval diminutive of ROGER.
HOEDEMAKERDutch
Occupational name for a hat maker, from Dutch hoed "hat" and maker "maker".
HOEFLERGerman
Variant of HOFER.
HOEKDutch
From Dutch hoek meaning "corner".
HOEKSTRAFrisian
From Frisian hoek meaning "corner".
HOFERGerman
Occupational name for a farmer, from German Hof "farm", from Old High German hof "house, estate, courtyard".
HOFFMANNGerman
From Middle High German hofmann meaning "farmer".
HÖFLERGerman
Variant of HOFER.
HOFMEISTERGerman
Means "master of the household", from Old High German hof "house, estate, courtyard" and meistar "master" (from Latin magister).
HOGANIrish
From Irish Ó hÓgáin meaning "descendant of Ógán". The given name Ógán is a diminutive of óg meaning "young".
HOGGARDEnglish
Occupational name meaning "pig herder", from Old English hogg "hog" and hierde "herdsman, guardian".
HOLGERSSONSwedish
Means "son of HOLGER".
HOLGUÍNSpanish
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).
HOLLINSEnglish
Referred to someone living by a group of holly trees, from Old English holegn.
HOLMEEnglish, 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).
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
From Swedish holme "islet" and ström "stream".
HOLSTDanish, 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).
HOLTEnglish, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian
From Old English, Old Dutch and Old Norse holt meaning "forest".
HOLTMANDutch
Dutch cognate of HOLZMANN.
HOLTZGerman
German cognate of HOLT.
HOLUBCzech, Ukrainian
Means "dove, pigeon" in Czech and Ukrainian.
HÖLZERGerman
German cognate of HOLT.
HOLZERGerman
German cognate of HOLT.
HOLZKNECHTGerman
Occupational name for a forester's helper, from Old High German holz "wood" and knecht "servant, apprentice".
HOLZMANNGerman
Derived from Old High German holz "wood" and man "man", a name for someone who lived close to a wood or worked with wood.
HOMEWOODEnglish
From various place names derived from Old English ham meaning "home" and wudu meaning "wood".
HONDAJapanese
From Japanese (hon) meaning "root, origin, source" and (ta) meaning "field".
HONEYCUTTEnglish
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".
HONEYSETTEnglish
Possibly a variant of HONEYCUTT.
HOOKEREnglish
Originally applied to one who lived near a river bend or corner of some natural feature, from Old English hoc "angle, hook".
HOOPEREnglish
Occupational name for someone who put the metal hoops around wooden barrels.
HOOVERGerman (Anglicized)
Americanized form of HUBER.
HOPEEnglish
Derived from Middle English hop meaning "small valley".
HOPKINSEnglish
Patronymic formed from a diminutive of HOB.
HOPPEREnglish
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).
HORÁČEKCzech
Diminutive derived from Czech hora "mountain".
HORÁKCzech
Derived from Czech hora "mountain".
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.
HORNÍKCzech, Slovak
Occupational name meaning "miner" in Czech and Slovak.
HOROWITZJewish
From the German name of Hořovice, a town in the Czech Republic. Its name is derived from Czech hora "mountain".
HORSFALLEnglish
From a minor place in Yorkshire derived from Old English hors "horse" and fall "clearing".
HORTONEnglish
From the names of various places in England which are derived from Old English horh "dirt, mud" and tun "enclosure, yard, town".
HORVATCroatian, Slovene
From Croatian and Slovene Hrvat meaning "Croat, person from Croatia".
HORVÁTHHungarian
Hungarian form of HORVAT.
HORVATINČIĆCroatian
Patronymic derived from HORVAT.
HOUChinese
From Chinese (hóu) meaning "lord, nobleman".
HOUBENDutch
Derived from the given name HUBERT.
HOUKDutch (Anglicized)
Possibly an Americanized form of HOEK.
HOUSEEnglish
Referred to a person who lived or worked 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
Dutch cognate of HOLZMANN.
HOVANESIANArmenian
Variant transcription of HOVHANNISYAN.
HOVHANNISYANArmenian
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".
HOWEEnglish
Name for one who lived on a hill, from Middle English how "hill" (of Norse origin).
HOWELLWelsh
From the Welsh given name HYWEL.
HOWSEEnglish
Variant of HOWE.
HOXHAAlbanian
From the Persian title خواجه (khvajeh) meaning "lord".
HRABĚCzech
Means "count" in Czech, perhaps used to denote someone who worked for a count or acted like a count.
HRISTOVBulgarian
Means "son of HRISTO".
HRUBÝCzech
Means "crude, coarse" in Czech.
HRUŠKACzech
Means "pear" in Czech, 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
Occupational name for a farmer, derived from Old High German huoba "plot of land, farm".
HUDDLESONEnglish
Means "son of Hudel", a diminutive of HUDDE.
HUDDLESTONEnglish
From the name of a town in the Yorkshire region of England, which means "Hudel's town" in Old English.