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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.

For more information, see also related boy names Hale, Harold and Harry.


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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Hal name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Hal outside U.S.

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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Hal, Harold, Harry, Henry in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Harry, Henry outside U.S.

Similar Names

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.