Baby Names: Names Starting with H

Baby Names Starting with H

HADDEN: Old English for "heath." Relatives: Haddon, Hadley. Namesakes: Hadley Hemingway (Ernest's first wife), Hadley (Mass.).

HADRIAN: From the Greek for "wealthy" and a form of Adrian. The Roman Emperor Hadrian built a wall in England during the second century to keep the warrior Scots at bay.

HALEY: Norse for "hero" and Gaelic for "wise one." Relatives: Hailey, Hayley, Haylee, Haile, Hally, Halley, Halli, Hallie, Hale. Namesakes: Hayley Mills, Hallie Foote, Alex Haley, Nathan Hale, Arthur Hailey, Haley's Comet.

HALL: From the Old English for "meeting room." Namesake: Monty Hall.

HALLEY: Old English for "oneness." This nifty choice has a nineteenth century ring to it. Calico, braids, and Mary Janes. Relatives: Haley, Haleigh, Hallie, Hollis.

HAMLET: Old German for "home." This name will forever be linked with Shakespeare's tragedy about the Prince of Denmark. Still, the variations offer a chance to be or not to be Hamlet.. Relatives: Hamlit, Hamlin, Hamilton, Hammond, Hampton, Ham. Namesakes: Harry Hamlin, Alexander Hamilton, "The Pied Piper of Hamlin," Hammond Atlas, the Hamptons (N.Y.).

HANNAH: From the Hebrew for "God is merciful" or "graceful one." Hannah is a palindromic name. Hana means "young flower" in Japanese. Relatives: Hanna, Hana, Hannia, Hannya, Hanniah, Hania, Hanita, Hanka, Hannicka, Hannele, Channa. Namesakes: Hannah Arendt, Hana Mandikova, Daryl Hannah.

HANNIBAL: Old English for "steep incline." It was Hannibal who, in 200 B.C., invaded Italy from Spain by crossing the Alps with his army and his elephants. Relatives: Han, Hanley. Namesakes: "Hannibal Smith," Hannibal (Mo.)

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