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Gender: M Origin of Hal: Diminutive of Harold and Henry Meaning of Harold: Scandinavian, "army ruler"

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Could Hal be the Jack, Max, or Gus of the future? It just might happen in the new nickname environment. Hank Azaria put it on his son's birth certificate.

Hal is a venerable nickname for Henry, Harry and Harold, famously used by Shakespeare in King Henry IV as the name of the king's son, the future Henry V.

A number of show biz figures of a certain era have gone by the name, including Hals Roach, Wallis, Ashby, Holbrook, David and Linden. In the eponymous film, Jack Black played "Shallow Hal."

As for the bad-guy machine in "2001: A Space Odyssey," that HAL stood for Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer.

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Famous People Named Hal

Prince Hal (Henry V)
Hal Azaria, Son of Hank Albert Azaria and Katie Wright
Harold Eugene "Hal" Roach, American film producer, director, actor

Pop Culture References for the Name Hal

Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern
Hal Mason, "Falling Skies"
Hal, "Malcolm in the Middle"
HAL 9000 is a character in Arthur C. Clarke's science fiction "Space Odyssey" saga. The primary antagonist in "2001: A Space Odyssey," HAL (Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer) is an artificial intelligence that controls the systems of the Discovery One spacecraft and interacts with the ship's astronaut crew.
Hal Tucker, from the movie "Cliffhanger"
Electronic Person HAL, a villain in the manga and anime "Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro"
Hal Stewart, from the movie "Megamind"