Meaning and name origin
Hal \hal\ as a boy's name is pronounced hal. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Hal is "home leader". A nickname for Henry. In Shakespeare's plays about Henry IV, his son is affectionately known as "Prince Hal". Actors Hal Holbrook, Hal Linden; film director Hal Hartley.
Hal is a very popular first name for males (#601 out of 1220, Top 49%) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#84137 out of 88799, Top 95%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Hal for boys. Hal reached its highest rank of #344 in the U.S. in 1950-1959. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Hal and related names. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Henry (#33), Harry (#714), Harold (#828) and Hal. (2014 statistics).
Hal▼ is also pronounced similarly to Hall, Halle, Hayle and Hill. Other suggested similar baby names are Cal▼, Dal, Gal, Hai, Haily, Haley, Hali, Ham, Han, Hawly, Heli, Pal, Sal, Tal and Val▼. These names tend to be less commonly used than Hal.