HERMAN: Old german for "soldier." The variation Armand is a stronger sound closer to the original meaning of the name. Relatives: Hermann, Hermie, Hermy, Herm, Herrick, Armand, Armando, Ermanno. Namesakes: Herman Melville, Herman Badillo, Hermann Hesse, Armand Assante, Armand Hammer, Herman's Hermits.
HERMIONE: A feminine variation of Hermes, the messenger of the gods. A grand choice that defies nicknames. Say it several times: "Her-my-unee." Relative: Hermine. Namesake: Hermione Gingold.
HERSHEL: From the German for "deer." Relatives: Herschel, Hersh, Hersch, Hirsh, Hirsch, Hertz, Heshel, Hershey. Namesakes: Hershel Walker, Hershel Bernardi, Hershey bar, Hertz Rent-a-Car.
HESTER: A Latin variation of Esther. Perhaps not as popular as Hannah, Hester nevertheless has that same Old World charm. Relatives: Hesther, Hetty, Hetti, Hettie, Hetta, Hestia. Namesakes: "Hester Prynne," Hester Street.
HEZEKIAH: Hebrew for "God is my strength." Hezekiah appears in the Old Testament as a king of Judah who worked to stamp out idolaltry. Relatives: Hezekia, Hezekial, Hezeki, Hez.
HILA: Hebrew for "praise." Relatives: Hillah, Hilly, Hilla, Hillela, Hillel.
HILARY: From the Greek for "cheer." Although used for either sex, it has emerged as a more popular choice for girls in recent decades. this is a very proper proper name. Relatives: Hillary, Hilaire, Hilaria, Hilliard, Hilar, Hill, Hilly, Ilario, Laris. NAMESAKES: Saint Hillary, Hilaire Belloc, Sir Edmund Hillary, Hillary Rodham Clinton.