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Meaning and Name Origin

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.

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


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 a slightly less prominent last name for all people (#84137 out of 88799, Top 95%). (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. (2014 Birth 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 an analysis of the popularity of the boy name Hal and affiliated names. Popular varying forms of Hal appearing in the Top 1000 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 and are now much less widespread, 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. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Enrico, Enrique, Hal, Hank, Harold, Harry, Henri, Henrik, Henry in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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.