Gender: Male Origin of Hal: Diminutive of Harold and Henry Meaning of Henry: German, "estate ruler"

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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91flaviaj Says:


Stop, Dave...

scblovesnames Says:


I like this as the name, and I really like it as it's own name with the meaning "ruler" since it's derived from "estate ruler" (Henry) and "army ruler" (Harold).

kxlly0614 Says:


It's very cute!

MPLSdesigner Says:


I have a Henry we call Hal. It suits him and everyone loves it. His little brother is Fred (given name Frederick) so it works well.

kpearl8 Says:


I think this quite cute as a nickname ^^