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Meaning: Variant of Henry

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Hal

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Hal in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Hal:

  • Records indicate that 15,188 boys in the United States have been named Hal since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1956, when 594 people in the U.S. were given the name Hal. Those people are now 64 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


    Comments about the name Hal

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      10 Positive Comments

  • "Nov 2020. Our daughter has just called our grandson Hal Sebastian and I love it. We all live in the UK" Dec. 28, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hal's a nice neutral masculine name, simple yet unique. It would be a good nickname for someone named Halston." Apr. 25, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband's grandfather is named Harold, and goes by Hal. We are expecting our first baby, a little boy, and are naming him after his great-grandfather. His given name will be Harold, but we will call him Hal :)" Nov. 21, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "Bring it back! Nobody's had this name in the U.S. Since 1972." May. 19, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hello Yes, I am Gen 3 Hal. my dad, his dad, then me are all Hal, also my granddads uncle is also Hal. Hal is normally pronounced with a Long A sound people like to spell it out as if I'm a hall way and those people need to go back to English class and learn the difference between Long A and Short A sounds." Jun. 11, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "If you name your child "Hal" they will get a lot of "Hall" comments and spellings. Learn to spell America! Thanks! -Hal (Harold F.S.)" Aug. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I really like the name Harold, and its nickname version, Hal. Unusual but straightforward." Dec. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My boyfriend is called Hal! A lot of people ask if it's short for anything, but it's not. Just plain Hal. And they usually think it's pronounced "how"... People are idiots" Sep. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate


  • "I really like it and want to name a child "Hal" after father-in-law Harold. But, I don't want to name him Harold, just Hal." Feb. 9, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      6 Neutral Comments

  • "When I hear "Hal" I know they're talking to me. That is my full name and it's easy to spell. I had it down after 6th grade." Jun. 11, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am named Hal, not Harold. My father was Harold. Throughout school in the 50's and 60's and constantly had my name mispronounced. I was Hale, Hall, Howe, Al, all kinds of names. It was kind of embarrassing. I hated the name for a long time. There were no other "Hals" that I ever came across in school: elementary or high school." Mar. 1, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "Just cause it's simple doesn't mean it's not super heflpul." Dec. 29, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "What happened in the mid seventies to kill off Hal? in 1968 HAL was the name of an antagonistic computer in a Kubric movie." Oct. 6, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my friend found out the name of this guy i like & it is "HAL". I've never heard of it before, apart from the movie Shallow" Dec. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My father-in-law's name is Hal and my niece was named after him - Halle. It is an unusal name." Oct. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

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