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Surnames, their origin and their meaning

Many surnames are associated with the place/locality of where the family lived and in those cases the location is noted as the meaning.
Many surnames are associated with the occupation of the person given the name.

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Surname Origin Meaning
Hacker Holland Dutch From Gwyn, white
Hadley Locality Locality A town of Suffolk, and also of Essex, England
Haff Germany German A sea, bay, or gulf
Hagadorn Holland Dutch Hawthorn
Hagar Hebrew Hebrew stranger
Hahn Germany German Rooster
Haineau Locality Locality Haineau, a city of Hesse Cassel, Germany
Haines Surname Haine, a river in Belgium
Hainsworth Saxon Anglo-Saxon haine, German and Saxon, a wood, and worth, a place inclosed, cultivated
Hal Wales Welsh moor
Halden Saxon Saxon halig, holy, and dun, a hill
Hale Wales Welsh moor
Hales Cornwall Cornish-British moor
Halifax Saxon Saxon Halig, holy, and faex, hair
Halkett Surname the lands and barony of Hawkshead, in Renfrewshire
Hall Locality Locality someone who lived in or worked in a hall or manor house
Hallam Wales Welsh Hall, salt, and ham, a house or village
Haller Germany German belonging to a salt-work
Hallett Surname Little Hal, or Henry
Halliday Surname Holy-day
Hallowell Surname Holy well
Halpen Wales Welsh The head of the moor or salt river
Halse Holland Dutch Hals, the neck, a narrow tract of land, projecting from the main body
Halsey Saxon Saxon Hals, the neck, a narrow tract of land, and ey or ig, an island, water, the sea
Halstead Locality Locality Hals, the neck, a narrow tract of land, and sted, a place
Ham Locality Locality A house, borough, or village
Hamilton Scotland Scottish Hamell, a mansion, the seat of a freeholder, and dun, an enclosure, a fortified place, a town
Hamlin Locality Locality Ham, a house or village, and lin, a waterfall, a small lake or pond
Hammel Celtic Armoric A house, a close, a place of rest, a home
Hammond Surname Ham-mount, the town or house on the elevation
Hamon Hebrew Hebrew Faithful
Hampton Locality Locality The town on the hill
Handel Denmark Danish Trade, commerce
Handsel Denmark Danish To deliver into the hand
Hanford Wales Welsh hen, old, and ford, a way
Hanham Wales Welsh Hen, old, and Saxon, ham, a town
Hanks Surname son of Hank
Hanley Locality Locality Hen or Han, old, and ley, a place, a common
Hanna Saxon Saxon a cock
Hansel Saxon Saxon A free market or hall, from haunse or hanse, a society, hansa, Gothic, a multitude, and sel, a hall
Hanson Surname son of Hans
Hanway Surname A native of Hainault
Harcourt Saxon Saxon Here, an army, and court
Harding Locality Locality Har, from here, an army, and ing, a meadow or common
Hardy France French Bold, free, noble
Hargill Locality Locality deer-brook
Hargrave Saxon Saxon Here or Har, an army, and grave, a steward or dispose
Harleigh Saxon Saxon Here, an army, and ley, a place, a field
Harley Saxon Saxon Here, an army, and ley, a place, a field
Harlow Saxon Saxon Here, an army, and ley, a place, a field
Harman Surname Here, an army, and man, a soldier
Harold Saxon Anglo-Saxon Har, an army, and hold, love
Harrington Locality Locality Haver, Dutch, Haber, Teutonic, oats, ing, a field, and ton
Harris Surname son of Henry
Harrison Surname son of Henry
Harrower Surname one who harrows the ground
Hartfield Locality Locality deer field
Hartgill Surname deer-brook
Hartman Germany German hardy and strong man
Hartshorn Surname horn of the hart or male deer
Hartwell Locality Locality The well or spring frequented by deer
Harvey Saxon Saxon here, an army, and wic, a fort
Hasbrouck Locality Locality the town of Hazebrouck, in the province of Artois, France
Hascall Wales Welsh hasg, a place of rushes, or sedgy place, and hall or hayle, a moor
Hasen Denmark Danish A hare
Haskell Wales Welsh hasg, a place of rushes, or sedgy place, and hall or hayle, a moor
Hastings Locality Locality The borough in Sussex, England
Haswell Surname Hase, a river in Westphalia, and veldt, a field, corrupted into well
Hatch Locality Locality A kind of door or floodgate
Hatfield Locality Locality Hat, hot, Saxon, and field
Hathaway Locality Locality Port Haethwy, in Wales
Hathorn Locality Locality A dwelling near hawthorns
Hatton Locality Locality A town in Warwickshire, England
Haugh Locality Locality A little meadow lying in a valley
Havemeyer Denmark Danish-Dutch garden-master
Havens Surname Haven, a harbor
Haverill Teutonic Teutonic Haber, oats, and hill
Haw Saxon Saxon Haeg, a small inclosure near a house, a haugh, a close
Hawes Saxon Saxon Haeg, a small inclosure near a house, a haugh, a close
Hawley Saxon Saxon Haw, a hedge, haeg, a small piece of ground near a house, a close, a place where hawthorns grow, and leg, a field or meadow
Hay Scotland Scottish A hedge, an inclosure, to inclose, fence in, a protection, a place of safety
Haycock Surname a foundling in a hayfield
Hayden Locality Locality Heyden, a town of Denmark
Haydyn Locality Locality Heyden, a town of Denmark
Hayes British Anglo-Scottish A man who lived near an enclosure (haeg) or (heye), an area of forest fenced off for hunting
Hayford Surname Hay, an inclosure, and ford, a way
Hayle Wales Welsh moor
Hayman Saxon Saxon hieg, hay, and ward, a keeper
Hayne Germany German Hech or Hohe, high, and narr, a fool, a jester, a merry fellow, king's fool
Hayner Germany German Hech or Hohe, high, and narr, a fool, a jester, a merry fellow, king's fool
Haynes Surname Haine, a river in Belgium
Haynesworth Saxon Anglo-Saxon The farm or place in the forest or grove, from haine, German and Saxon, a wood, and worth, a place inclosed, cultivated
Haynsworth Saxon Anglo-Saxon The farm or place in the forest or grove, from haine, German and Saxon, a wood, and worth, a place inclosed, cultivated
Hayward Saxon Saxon hieg, hay, and ward, a keeper
Hazard British British ard, nature, and has, high
Hazelrigg Locality Locality hazel-ridge
Hazelwood Locality Locality A wood where hazel-nuts grow
Hazen Denmark Danish A hare
Head Saxon Anglo-Saxon Hithe, a harbor, a shelter for boats
Heaton Saxon Saxon Hea, high, and ton
Heber Hebrew Hebrew foreigner
Hecker Denmark Danish Hekker, a hedger
Hedd Wales Welsh Hekker, a hedger
Hedges Locality Locality A fence of thorn-bushes
Hedon Locality Locality high town
Hellier Dorsetshire Dorsetshire-England thatcher or tiler
Helling Wales Welsh Hellan, elms
Helmer Wales Welsh Hellan, elms
Henderson Surname son of Hendrik or Henry
Henley Locality Locality Hen, old, and ley, a field or common
Henry Saxon Saxon Einrick, ever rich
Herbert Surname Here, a soldier, and beorht, bright
Heriot Surname A provider of furniture for an army
Herisson Locality Locality a town by the name in France
Hermance Germany German Heer, a master, lord, or ruler, and mensch, a man
Hermann Germany German Army Man
Hernandez Spain Spanish son of Hernanado
Herndon Locality Locality Herne, a cottage, and den, a valley
Herne Saxon Saxon Herne, a cottage, and den, a valley
Hernshaw Locality Locality hern, a kind of fowl, a hern, and shaw, a shady inclosure, a place where herns breed
Heron Wales Welsh hero
Herr Germany German Sire, lord, master
Herrera Spain Spanish iron smithy
Herrick Surname Erick is derived from Ehr, German, honor, and rick, rich
Herries Surname son of Henry
Herring Surname Hirring, a town in the Diocese of Alburg, Denmark
Hersey Locality Locality Herseaux, in the Netherlands
Hewer Saxon Saxon A person stationed on the sea-shore, to watch and notify the fishermen of the shoals of fish
Hewit Surname son of Hugh
Heyden Locality Locality a town in Westphalia
Heyman Saxon Saxon high man
Hibbard Surname Hubbard
Hiccock Surname son of Hig or Hugh
Hickey Surname Huicci, Gwychi, a word signifying valiant men
Hicks Surname Hig(s) or Hick(s). The son of Hugh
Hierne Denmark Danish An angle, a corner
Higginbottom Germany German Ickenbaum, oak-tree
Higgins Surname Little Hig or Hugh
Hildyard Saxon Saxon Hild, a hero, and heard, a pastor or keeper
Hill British Anglo-Scottish One who lives on or near a hill
Hillier Dorsetshire Dorsetshire-England thatcher or tiler
Hilyard Saxon Saxon Hild, a hero, and heard, a pastor or keeper
Hinckley Locality Locality Hinckley, a town in Leicestershire, England
Hindman Surname one who has the care of herds
Hindon Locality Locality Hen, old and town
Hinman Surname one who has the care of herds
Hinton Locality Locality Hen, old and town
Hippisley Saxon Saxon Hiope, a hip-berry, or wood-rose, and ley, a field
Hipwood Locality Locality The wood where sweet-briars or roses grow
Hitchens Locality Locality A town in Hertfordshire, England
Hoag Wales Welsh Low in stature, small
Hoare Surname White, hoar, gray
Hobart Surname Hubert
Hobbs Surname Hob, the nick-name for Robert
Hobby Denmark Danish hob, a herd, and by, a town
Hobkins Surname Son of Hob, Robert
Hobson Surname son of Hob,or Robert
Hodd Holland Dutch Houdt, a wood
Hodge Surname Roger
Hodgekins Surname son of Roger
Hodges Surname son of Roger
Hodson Surname son of Hod or Hodge
Hoe Wales Welsh A state of rest, a stay
Hoff Denmark Danish-Dutch A court, residence, palace
Hoffman Holland Dutch Hoofdman, a captain, a director, head or chief man
Hoffmeyer Germany German a court farmer
Hogan Celtic Gaelic Og, young
Hogarth Holland Dutch hoogh, high, and aerd, nature or disposition
Hogg Wales Welsh Low in stature, small
Hoggel Normandy Normandy Hugel, a hill
Holbech Surname Holzbeck, the brook in the wood
Holcombe Saxon Saxon Holt or Hultz, a wood, and combe, a valley
Holden Denmark Danish Safe, entire, wealthy
Holland Locality Locality a native of that country
Hollenbeck Surname Hollenbach a town on the Rhine, Germany
Holman Surname Allemand, a German
Holme Locality Locality Meadow lands near or surrounded by water, grassy plains
Holmes Locality Locality Meadow lands near or surrounded by water, grassy plains
Holsapple Germany German Holz, a wood, an apple, or apfel, an orchard
Holt Holland Dutch Hultz, a wood
Holtcombe Saxon Saxon Holt or Hultz, a wood, and combe, a valley
Holywell Locality Locality A place of Flintshire, Wales
Holzapfel Germany German From Holz, a wood, an apple, or apfel, an orchard
Home Surname Meadow lands near or surrounded by water, grassy plains
Homer Greek Greek Ounpoc, a hostage, a pledge or security
Homfray France French Homme-vrai, a true man
Hone Wales Welsh Hoen, joy
Hong Several languages Chinese water
Hood Saxon Saxon houdt, the wood
Hoogaboom Holland Dutch Hoog, high, and boom, tree
Hoogstraten Holland Dutch High-street
Hooper Surname A cooper
Hope Locality Locality The side of a hill, or low ground between hills
Hopkins Surname child of Robert
Hopper Saxon Saxon Hoppere, a dancer
Hore Surname Hoar, white, gray
Hornblower Surname one that blows a horn
Horton Locality Locality Horr, a ravine and town
Hosford Locality Locality Ouseford, in England
Hoskins Cornwall Cornish-British Heschen or Hoskyn, the place of rushes
Hotchkiss Surname son of Roger
Hotham Saxon Saxon Hod, a hood or covering, and ham, a house, farm, or village
Hough Holland Dutch Hoch, Hoog, and How, high
Houghtailing Holland Dutch Hoofd, head or chief, and telling, counting
Houghton Saxon Saxon hoog, or hoch, high, and ton, a hill, castle, or town
House Surname A covering, a dwelling place, a mansion
Houston Locality Locality Parish in Renfrewshire, Scotland
Howard Surname Hoch-ward, the high keeper
Howe Surname A high place, a hill
Howell Cornwall Cornish-British Houl, the sun
Howlet Surname A small owl
Howlett Surname A night-bird, an owl
Huband Surname Hubaude, from Hugh, and baude, bold
Hubbard Saxon Anglo-Saxon Hubert, bright form, fair hope
Hubbell Locality Locality Hubba, a Danish chief, and hill
Huber Germany German a small farmer or leading man of the village
Hubert Saxon Saxon hiewe, color, form, beauty, and beort, bright
Huckstep Surname De Hoghstepe, from the high steep
Huddleston Locality Locality a small parish by that name in the West Riding of Yorkshire
Hudson Surname son of Hod or Roger
Huer Surname A person stationed on the sea-shore, to watch and notify the fishermen of the shoals of fish
Huget Surname son of Hugh
Huggins Surname son of Hugh
Hughes Surname son of Hugh
Hulet Surname A small owl
Hull Saxon Teutonic-Saxon Hulen or Heulen, to howl, from the noise the river Hull makes when it meets there with the sea
Hulse Surname the town and manor in Great Budworth, Cheshire, England.
Hume Surname Meadow lands near or surrounded by water, grassy plains; sometimes an island
Humphrey Saxon Anglo-Saxon Humfred, that is, house-peace
Hungerford Surname A market-town in Berkshire, England, on the Kennet
Hunn Surname A native of Hungary
Hunt Surname huntsman
Hunter British Anglo-Scottish a hunter
Huntington Saxon Saxon the mount of hunters
Huntley Locality Locality the hunting field
Hurd Wales Welsh Hurdh, a ram
Hurst Saxon Saxon A wood, a grove
Husted Saxon Saxon Hus, a house, and sted, a fixed place
Hutchins Surname child of Hugh
Hutchinson Surname son of Hitchins or Hutchins
Hutton Locality Locality high town
Hyde Locality Locality as much land as can be cultivated with one plow

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