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".
(male) Haal, Harl, ..
(female) Halsa, Hasa, ..
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)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Hal for boys. Hal reached its peak position of #348 in the U.S. during 1950-1959, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 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 a century ago (adoption of 4.4%) and are now much less conventional (adoption 0.5%, down 87.6%), with forms such as Harold becoming less trendy. Henry is more ubiquitous than the rest, although Hank seems to be gaining favor too.
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.