Surnames Starting with H

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 Old English, Old High German and Old Norse 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. This is the second most common surname in Hungary and the most common surname in Slovakia, where it is borne by the descendants of Hungarian settlers.
Horvatinčić Croatian
Patronymic derived from Horvat.
Hoshino Japanese
From Japanese (hoshi) meaning "star" and (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
Hosseini Persian
From the given name Hossein.
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
From a place name meaning "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.
Hsieh Chinese
Alternate transcription of Chinese (see Xie).
Hsu 1 Chinese
Alternate transcription of Chinese (see Xu 1).
Hsu 2 Chinese
Alternate transcription of Chinese (see Xu 2).
Hu Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "beard, whiskers, recklessly, wildly, barbarian".
Huang Chinese
From Chinese (huáng) meaning "yellow".
Hubbard English
Derived from the given name Hubert.
Hüber German
Variant of Huber.
Huber German
Occupational name for a farmer, derived from Old High German huoba "plot of land, farm".
Hubert French, German, English
Derived from the given name Hubert.
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.
Hudnall English
From various English place names, derived from the Old English given name Huda combined with halh "nook, recess".
Hudson English
Means "son of Hudde".
Huerta Spanish
Means "garden, orchard" in Spanish, ultimately from Latin hortus.
Huff English
Means "spur of a hill", from Old English hoh.
Hughes 1 English
Patronymic of the given name Hugh.
Hughes 2 Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Mac Aodha.
Hull English
Variant of Hill.
Hult Swedish
Swedish form of Holt.
Hume Scottish, English
Variant of Holme. A famous bearer was the philosopher David Hume (1711-1776).
Hummel 1 German, Dutch
Derived from the given name Humbert.
Hummel 2 German, Dutch
Nickname for a busy person, from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch hommel, Middle High German hummel, all meaning "bee".
Humphrey English
Derived from the given name Humphrey.
Hunnisett English
Possibly a variant of Honeycutt.
Hunt English
Variant of Hunter.
Hunter English, Scottish
Occupational name that referred to someone who hunted for a living, from Old English hunta.
Hurst English
Originally a name for a person who lived near a thicket of trees, from Old English hyrst "thicket".
Hussain Arabic
Derived from the given name Husayn.
Hussein Arabic
From the given name Husayn.
Hutchinson English
Means "son of Huchin", a medieval diminutive of Hugh.
Hutmacher German
German cognate of Hoedemaker.
Hutson English
Variant of Hudson.
Huxley English
From the name of a town in Cheshire. The final element is Old English leah "woodland, clearing", while the first element might be hux "insult, scorn". A famous bearer was the British author Aldous Huxley (1894-1963).
Huxtable English
Derived from the name of an English place meaning "hook post", from Old English hoc "hook" and stapol "post".
Huỳnh Vietnamese
Variant of Hoàng used more often in southern Vietnam.
Hyde English
From Middle English hide, a unit of land, approximately the size necessary to support a household.
Hyland 1 English
Topographic name meaning "high land", from Old English heah and land.
Hyland 2 Irish
Variant of Whelan.
Hynes Irish
Variant of Hines.