What does Hal mean?
Hal \hal\ as a boys' 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▼ has 27 different forms via Henry: Arrigo, Enrico, Enrikos, Enrique, Enzio, Hank, Harry▼, Heike, Heiko, Heindrick, Heindrik, Heiner, Heinrich, Heinrick, Heinrik, Heinz, Hendrick, Hendrik, Henerik, Henning, Henri, Henrik, Henrique, Henryk, Heriot, Herrior and Hinrich.
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. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Hal for boys. Hal reached its peak position of #344 in the U.S. during 1950-1959, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Popular varying forms of Hal are Enrico, Enrique (#414 a year ago), Hank (#602), Harold (#828), Harry (#714), Henri, Henrik (#863) and Henry (#33). These boy names were at the top of their popularity during the years 1950-1959 (usage of 0.4851%) and are now much less widespread (usage 0.2829%, down 41.7%), with the forms Hal, Harold and Harry becoming less trendy. Enrique (#414) and Hank (#602) are two of the more chic birth names in this list, with Hank enjoying a rekindling in usage. Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of Hal and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Hal▼ is alike in pronunciation 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 frequently used than Hal.