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  1. Habakkuk
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "embrace"
    • Description:

      A minor Old Testament prophet, and a (deservedly) even more minor name.
  2. Habiba
    • Origin:

      Arabic, Bengali
    • Meaning:

      "beloved, sweetheart"
    • Description:

      This is a Muslim female name particularly popular in Somalia and North Africa.
  3. Habibah
    • Origin:

      Arabic
    • Meaning:

      "beloved"
    • Description:

      Strong and memorable.
  4. Hadassah
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "myrtle tree"
    • Description:

      This Hebrew name of Queen Esther is well used in Israel (especially for girls born around the holiday of Purim), and in the US is the name of a Zionist women's philanthropic organization. Formerly shunned as hyper-religious, this name entered the Top 1000 in 2007 and has since climbed into the Top 700. Nickname Haddie feels like a natural companion for Addie and Maddie.
  5. Hadyn
    • Hagrid
      • Origin:

        Literary name
      • Description:

        Gentle giant Rubeus Hagrid is the groundskeeper at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter novels (probably after Hagrid Rubes, the equally kind ancient Greek mythological giant), but that's not the only reason this name could prove a playground liability.
    • Haiku
      • Origin:

        Japanese poetic form
      • Description:

        Short and sweet, just like the form of poetry - this name has serious potential as an interesting and plucky international choice.
    • Hailey
      • Origin:

        English and Scottish clan name
      • Meaning:

        "Hay's meadow"
      • Description:

        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 in popularity. So, although Hailey has a shiny, unpretentious charm, its mass popularity makes it very much of the moment. Look for the Hailee spelling to rise via Hailee Steinfeld, the young actress Oscar-nominated for her performance in True Grit.
    • Haji
      • Origin:

        Swahili
      • Meaning:

        "born during the pilgrimage to Mecca"
      • Description:

        A name appropriate for boys born during the hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca every Muslim is expected to make once in his lifetime.
    • Halcyon
      • Origin:

        Greek
      • Meaning:

        "kingfisher bird"
      • Description:

        This highly unusual name -- the Halycyone was a mythic bird who could calm the seas -- conjures up images of utter peace and tranquility because of the phrase "Halycon days"...and the sleeping pill.
    • Halifax
      • Origin:

        Place-name
      • Description:

        If you want to honor your grandfather Hal but can't work up much enthusiasm for his full name Harold, consider the more stylish (if a bit pretentious) capital of Nova Scotia.
    • Halimah
      • Origin:

        Arabic
      • Meaning:

        "gentle and patient"
      • Description:

        The name of the Prophet Muhammad's childhood nurse carries special resonance for Muslim parents.
    • Halley
      • Origin:

        Scottish and English
      • Meaning:

        "hall or woodland clearing"
      • Description:

        The Halley version of this popular name family hit the Top 1000 only once, in 1986, inspired by Halley's Comet, named for astronomer Edmund Halley.
    • Hamilton
      • Origin:

        English and Scottish
      • Meaning:

        "treeless hill"
      • Description:

        Unless it runs in your family, or Alexander Hamilton is your particular hero, you might consider something less imposing -- and without the teasable nickname Ham.
    • Hamlet
      • Origin:

        Anglicized form of Danish, Amleth
      • Description:

        The "To Be or Not to Be" jokes, via Shakespeare's tortured prince, will get old by Month Two.
    • Hanako
      • Origin:

        Japanese
      • Meaning:

        "flower child"
      • Description:

        Hanako has a delicate sound and quaint meaning -- but there's a catch. According to widespread urban legend in Japan, Hanako is the name of the ghost of a little girl who haunts school bathrooms, who sometimes answers if you call her name.
    • Haniyyah
      • Hannah
        • Origin:

          Hebrew
        • Meaning:

          "grace"
        • Description:

          Hannah is one of the nation's top biblical girls' names—it surpassed Sarah in 1998, and ranks in the Top 50 along with Elizabeth, Abigail, Chloe, and Naomi. Hannah is a name with many sources of appeal: Old Testament roots, soft and gentle sound, and a homey yet aristocratic image.
      • Hannalise
        • Origin:

          Compound name, Combination of Hanna and Lise
        • Description:

          How To Get Away With Murder has made Annalise a genuinely trendy name; it now ranks higher than ever been, just outside the Top 400 in the U.S.. Hannalise, by contrast, has only popped up in the Social Security list of names once, in 2013, when it was given to 5 baby girls, the minimum for inclusion. You'd think that would make it ripe for use -- but it may be a case where that extra letter adds nothing but confusion.
      • Hansel
        • Origin:

          German diminutive of Hans
        • Meaning:

          "God is gracious"
        • Description:

          Those "Where's Gretel?" jokes will get old pretty fast.