Diminutive of Harold and Henry

Hal Origin and Meaning

The name Hal is a boy's name .

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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Hal Rank in US Top 1000

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Hal Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Hal Popularity

Famous People Named Hal

  • Harriet Rebecca "Hal" Lane Johnstonacting first lady for her uncle James Buchanan
  • Harold Eugene "Hal" RoachAmerican film producer, director, actor
  • Harold Rowe "Hal" HolbrookAmerican actor
  • Harold John "Hal" SmithAmerican actor and voice actor
  • Hal Linden (born Harold Lipshitz)American actor
  • Harry Magee "Hal" Sparks IIIAmerican actor/comedian
  • Harold Dallas "Hal" RogersU.S. Congressman from Kentucky
  • Harold Smith "Hal" PrinceAmerican theatre producer
  • (William) Hal AshbyAmerican film director
  • Harold John "Hal" Daub Jr.U.S. Congressman from Nebraska
  • Hal Willis (born Leonald Francis Gauthier)Canadian country music singer
  • Prince Halearly nickname of King Henry V of England
  • Thomas Henry Alex "Hal" RobsonKanu, Welsh footballer
  • Hal Azariason of actor Hank Azaria and Katie Wright
  • Hal Auden Cumberbatch (b. 2017)son of actor Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter

Hal in Pop Culture

  • Hal Mikkelsoncharacter in the Brotherband Chronicles by John Flanagan
  • Hal Jordan aka Green Lanternsuperhero
  • Hal Masoncharacter on TV's "Falling Skies"
  • Haldad on TV's "Malcolm in the Middle"
  • HAL 9000 (Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer)evil computer in book/film "2001: A Space Odyssey,"
  • Hal Willispolice detective of the 87th Precinct series by Ed McBain
  • Hal Tuckercharacter in movie "Cliffhanger"
  • Electronic Person HALa villain in the manga and anime "Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro"
  • Hal Stewartcharacter in the movie "Megamind"
  • Hal Cooperwife to Alice Cooper and father to Polly and Betty Cooper on the CW show Riverdale and the Archie Comics universe.
  • Hal Larsonmain character in the 2001 romantic,comedy movie "Shallow Hal" played by Jack Black
  • Hal Auden Cumberbatchyoungest child of actor Benedict Cumberbatch and director Sophie Hunter