HOYT: Middle English for "small boat." This is distinguished. Relatives: Hoyle, Hoit. Namesakes: Hoyt Wilhelm, Hoyt Axton.
HUBERT: From the Old German for "shining spirit." Perhaps the media knew of this definition when they dubbed Hubert H. Humphrey the Happy Warrior. Relatives: Hubbard, Hubbell, Hub, Huberto, Hubie, Uberto. Namesake: "Old Mother Hubbard."
HUDSON: Old English for "son of Hud." Hudd is a long-forgotten form of Richard now more closely associated with Paul Newman's movie role.
HUGH: From the Old German for "bright soul." This name whispers the soft, green hills of Wales. Give it a whirl. Relatives: Hew, Huey, Hughie, Hughes, Huet, Hugi, Hugo, Ugo. Namesakes: Hugh Downs, Hugh Hefner, Huey Lewis, Huey Long, Langston Hughes, Victor Hugo, Hugh Grant.
HUME: Norse for "lakeside hill." Careful. In England it's pronounced "home." Relatives: Holm, Holmes. Namesakes: Hume Cronyn, David Hume.
HUMPHREY: From the Old English for "peaceful force." That phrase sums up the screen presence of Humphrey Bogart, the most famous namesake. Relatives: Humphry, Humfrey, Humpty, Humph, Humpy, Humfrid, Humfried. Namesake: "Humpty-Dumpty."
HUNT: From the Old English for "search." One of those nifty monickers recently discovered by yuppy parents. Perfect for an investment banker, real estate tycoon, or simply lazing at the club. Relatives: Hunter, Huntington, Huntley. Namesakes: Huntington, Hartford, Hunter S. Thompson, Evan Hunter, Chet Huntley.
HUXLEY: Anglo-Saxon for "ash tree field" and Old English for "from Hugh's meadow." Literary-minded friends might assume you are related to the Huxley dynasty. Relatives: Huxly, Huxford. Namesakes: Aldous Huxley, Thomas Huxley.
HYACINTH: Greek for "blue crystal," associated with the sapphire. According to Greek myth, Hyacinthus was a beautiful boy much admired by Apollo. He was accidentally killed, and on the spot where his blood seeped into the earth, flowers grew -- called hyacintha. Relatives: Hyacynth, Hyacinthia. Namesake: Saint Hyacinth.
HYMAN: From the Hebrew for "life." This name may suffer when the kids take health education. Relatives: Hyland, Hyatt, Hy. Namesakes: Hyman Rickover, Hyland Park (N.J.), Brian Hyland.