HONEY: From the German. Perhaps too cloying, this name suffers as a familiar alternative to "darling" or "dear." Relatives: Honig, Honeah.
HONOR: From the Latin for "dignified" and Old French for "nobleman." If this child becomes a judge, he or she would be known as your honor Honor or, if elected mayor, the honorable Honor. Relatives: Honore, Honora, Honoria, Nora, Norah, Noria, Norry. Namesakes: Honoré de Balzac, Honor Blackman.
HOPE: From the Old English for "faith." An ever-popular virtue name for a baby who is, after all, "the hope of the future." Namesames: Hope Lange, Bob Hope.
HORACE: Greek for "behold." A seldom-used classic. Relatives: Horacio, Horatio, Horatius. Namesakes: Horace, Horace Mann, Horace Greeley, "Horatio Hornblower."
HORTENSE: From the Latin for "gardener." A tiny bit old-fashioned but wears well. Relative: Hortensia.
HORTON: From the Latin for "garden" or "from the gray land." Namesakes: Willie Horton, Edward Everett Horton, HORTON HEARS A WHO.
HOSEA: Hebrew for "salvation." This is a beauty; start at trend. Relatives: Hosia, Hosiah.
HOUSTON: Anglo-Saxon for "town house" and Texan for "serious city." Namesakes: Sam Houston, Whitney Houston.
HOWARD: Anglo-Saxon for "protector of the home." The nickname Ward jazzes up this erstwhile favorite. Relatives: Howie, Ward. Namesakes: Howard Johnson, Howard Hughes, Howard Baker.
HOWE: Anglo-Saxon for "hill." Relatives: Hough, Houghton, Howell, Howel, Howells, Howden. Namesakes: Julia Ward Howe, Irving Howe, Gordie Howe, William Dean Howells, Howell Rains.