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Top Baby Names Starting with H

Baby names starting with H are led by Harper and Henry, names that are emblematic of the two main strains of H names. Harper defines the trendy group of contemporary, androgynous-sounding names with the H initial, also including Hendrix and Harlow. Henry tops the list of classic H names making a comeback, with names like Helena and Harvey following in its footsteps.

Along with Harper, other girl names beginning with H in the US Top 250 include Hannah, Hazel, Hailey, Hadley, and Harmony. Along with Henry, other boy names starting with H in the US Top 250 include Hudson, Hunter, Harrison, Hayden, and Holden.

A number of wonderful and rare word names begin with H, including Harbor, Holiday, Honor, and Hero, which was traditionally a Greek girl name but in modern times is used for both genders. Some vintage H names we’d love to see make a comeback include Harriet, Henrietta, and Haskell.

Search our complete roster of baby names starting with H. The top names below rank among the current US Top 1000 baby names and are ordered by popularity. Unique names rank below the Top 1000 and are listed alphabetically.

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  • Harper

    Harper is a red hot name for girls, having jumped from obscurity to near the top of the popularity list in less than a decade; it entered the Top 10 for the first time in 2015, and has stayed near... Read More 

  • Henry

    Henry was derived from the French Henri, which ultimately comes from the Germanic name Heimrich, made up of the components heim, meaning “home” or “estate,” and rich, meaning... Read More 

  • Hannah

    Hannah originated as a variation of the Hebrew name Channah, derived from the word channan, meaning “grace.” In the Old Testament, Hannah is the mother of Samuel. Names including Anne,... Read More 

  • Hazel

    Hazel is a name applied from the English word hazel, referring to the hazelnut tree. The word was derived from the Old English hæsel of the same meaning. Historically, a wand of hazel... Read More 

  • Hudson

    Hudson has risen quickly up the charts after emerging at the bottom of the list in 1995, now solidly in the Top 100.

    , Hudson has gotten a boost as a prominent surname over the years,... Read More 

  • Hunter

    Hunter has been dropping a bit for the past few years but is still one of the leaders of a distinctive band of boys' names that combines macho imagery (Hunter, Austin, Harley) with a softened... Read More 

  • Hailey

    There are no less than ten different variations of Hailey on the current Most Popular list, but this is the spelling that brought it into the Top 10 of 2010, although it has recently dipped a bit... Read More 

  • Hadley

    Hadley, most famous as the name of Ernest Hemingway's first wife, is more sophisticated, professional, and modern than cousins Harley, Haley, or Hayden. The hit book The Paris Wife, a... Read More 

  • Harrison

    Harrison, a name made viable by Harrison Ford, is increasingly popular with parents who want an H name that's more formal than Harry or Hank but doesn't veer into the stiff Huntington-Harrington... Read More 

  • Harmony

    If Melody and Lyric are on your style sheet, the peaceful Harmony, popularized by Buffy the Vampire Slayer, should be too. Read More