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What does Hal mean?

Hal Pronunciation of Hal [hal] as a boys' name is pronounced hal. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Hal is "home leader". Nickname for Harry and Henry, of medieval origin. In Shakespeare's plays about Henry IV, his son is affectionately known as "Prince Hal". Actors Hal Holbrook, Hal Linden; film director Hal Hartley.

Related boy names: Hawkin and Harold.

Associated with: home, leader, medieval, plays (literary), prince (king).

Variations

Hal has 5 different relations via Harry, Henry: Hank, Harri, Harry, Hein and Henk.

Creative forms:
(male) Haal, Harl, ..

(female) Halsa, Hasa, ..

Middle name pairings:
Hal Ben (H.B.), ..

How popular is Hal?

Hal is a very prominent first name for males (#601 out of 1220, Top 49%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#71808 out of 150436, Top 48%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Hal reached its peak position of #348 in the U.S. during 1950-1959, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hal name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with similar and related boy names. Popular varying forms of Hal are Hank (#534 a year ago), Harold (#810), Harry (#781) and Henry (#29). Other variants, like Henk, are seldom used. These forms of Hal were popular a century ago (adoption of 4.4%) and are now much less conventional (adoption 0.6%, down 86.6%), with forms such as Harold becoming less trendy. Henry is more ubiquitous than the rest, although Hank seems to be gaining favor too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hal, Hank, Harold, Harry, Henry in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Hal is alike in pronunciation to Hale, Hall, Halle, Hayle, Hill, Howel and Hywel. Other suggested similar names are Cal, Dal, Gal, Hai, Hali, Ham, Han, Pal, Sal, Tal and Val. These names tend to be less frequently used than Hal.

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