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".
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. 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 Hank (#602 a year ago), Harold (#828), Harry (#714) and Henry (#33). Other variants, like Henk, are seldom used. These forms of Hal were popular during the years 1950-1959 (adoption of 0.74%) and are now much less conventional (adoption 0.36%, down 51%), with the forms Hal, Harold and Harry becoming less trendy. Henry is more ubiquitous than the rest, although Hank seems to be gaining favor too. 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 Hale, Hall, Halle, Hayle, Hill, Howel, Howell▼ and Hywel. Other suggested similar baby names are Haily, Haley, Hali, Hawly and Heli. These names tend to be less frequently used than Hal.