Hal

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Gender: M Origin of Hal: Diminutive of Harold and Henry

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.

Famous People Named Hal

Harold Eugene "Hal" Roach, American film producer, director, actor
Harold Rowe "Hal" Holbrook, American actor
Hal Linden (born Harold Lipshitz), American actor
Harry Magee "Hal" Sparks III, American actor/comedian
Harold Dallas "Hal" Rogers, U.S. Congressman from Kentucky
Harold Smith "Hal" Prince, American theatre producer
(William) Hal Ashby, American film director
Harold John "Hal" Daub Jr., U.S. Congressman from Nebraska
Hal Willis (born Leonald Francis Gauthier), Canadian country music singer
Prince Hal, early nickname of King Henry V of England
Thomas Henry Alex "Hal" Robson-Kanu, Welsh footballer
Hal Azaria, son of actor Hank Azaria and Katie Wright
Hal Auden Cumberbatch (b. 2017), son of actor Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter

Pop Culture References for the name Hal

Hal Mikkelson, character in the Brotherband Chronicles by John Flanagan
Hal Jordan aka Green Lantern, superhero
Hal Mason, character on TV's "Falling Skies"
Hal, dad on TV's "Malcolm in the Middle"
HAL 9000 (Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer), evil computer in book/film "2001: A Space Odyssey,"
Hal Willis, police detective of the 87th Precinct series by Ed McBain
Hal Tucker, character in movie "Cliffhanger"
Electronic Person HAL, a villain in the manga and anime "Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro"
Hal Stewart, character in the movie "Megamind"