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Many surnames are associated with the place/locality of where the family lived and in those cases the location is noted as the meaning.
Many surnames are associated with the occupation of the person given the name.

Surname Origin Meaning
Hacker Dutch               Dutch From Gwyn, white
Hadley Locality            Locality A town of Suffolk, and also of Essex, England
Haff German              German A sea, bay, or gulf
Hagadorn Dutch               Dutch Hawthorn
Hagar Hebrew              Hebrew stranger
Hahn German              German Rooster
Haineau Locality            Locality Haineau, a city of Hesse Cassel, Germany
Haines Haine, a river in Belgium
Hainsworth Anglo-Saxon         Anglo-Saxon haine, German and Saxon, a wood, and worth, a place inclosed, cultivated
Hal Welsh               Welsh moor
Halden Saxon               Saxon halig, holy, and dun, a hill
Hale Welsh               Welsh moor
Hales Cornish-British     Cornish-British moor
Halifax Saxon               Saxon Halig, holy, and faex, hair
Halkett the lands and barony of Hawkshead, in Renfrewshire
Hall Locality            Locality someone who lived in or worked in a hall or manor house
Hallam Welsh               Welsh Hall, salt, and ham, a house or village
Haller German              German belonging to a salt-work
Hallett Little Hal, or Henry
Halliday Holy-day
Hallowell Holy well
Halpen Welsh               Welsh The head of the moor or salt river
Halse Dutch               Dutch Hals, the neck, a narrow tract of land, projecting from the main body
Halsey Saxon               Saxon Hals, the neck, a narrow tract of land, and ey or ig, an island, water, the sea
Halstead Locality            Locality Hals, the neck, a narrow tract of land, and sted, a place
Ham Locality            Locality A house, borough, or village
Hamilton Scottish            Scottish Hamell, a mansion, the seat of a freeholder, and dun, an enclosure, a fortified place, a town
Hamlin Locality            Locality Ham, a house or village, and lin, a waterfall, a small lake or pond
Hammel Armoric             Armoric A house, a close, a place of rest, a home
Hammond Ham-mount, the town or house on the elevation
Hamon Hebrew              Hebrew Faithful
Hampton Locality            Locality The town on the hill
Handel Danish              Danish Trade, commerce
Handsel Danish              Danish To deliver into the hand
Hanford Welsh               Welsh hen, old, and ford, a way
Hanham Welsh               Welsh Hen, old, and Saxon, ham, a town
Hanks son of Hank
Hanley Locality            Locality Hen or Han, old, and ley, a place, a common
Hanna Saxon               Saxon a cock
Hansel Saxon               Saxon A free market or hall, from haunse or hanse, a society, hansa, Gothic, a multitude, and sel, a hall
Hanson son of Hans
Hanway A native of Hainault
Harcourt Saxon               Saxon Here, an army, and court
Harding Locality            Locality Har, from here, an army, and ing, a meadow or common
Hardy French              French Bold, free, noble
Hargill Locality            Locality deer-brook
Hargrave Saxon               Saxon Here or Har, an army, and grave, a steward or dispose
Harleigh Saxon               Saxon Here, an army, and ley, a place, a field
Harley Saxon               Saxon Here, an army, and ley, a place, a field
Harlow Saxon               Saxon Here, an army, and ley, a place, a field
Harman Here, an army, and man, a soldier
Harold Anglo-Saxon         Anglo-Saxon Har, an army, and hold, love
Harrington Locality            Locality Haver, Dutch, Haber, Teutonic, oats, ing, a field, and ton
Harris son of Henry
Harrison son of Henry
Harrower one who harrows the ground
Hartfield Locality            Locality deer field
Hartgill deer-brook
Hartman German              German hardy and strong man
Hartshorn horn of the hart or male deer
Hartwell Locality            Locality The well or spring frequented by deer
Harvey Saxon               Saxon here, an army, and wic, a fort
Hasbrouck Locality            Locality the town of Hazebrouck, in the province of Artois, France
Hascall Welsh               Welsh hasg, a place of rushes, or sedgy place, and hall or hayle, a moor
Hasen Danish              Danish A hare
Haskell Welsh               Welsh hasg, a place of rushes, or sedgy place, and hall or hayle, a moor
Hastings Locality            Locality The borough in Sussex, England
Haswell Hase, a river in Westphalia, and veldt, a field, corrupted into well
Hatch Locality            Locality A kind of door or floodgate
Hatfield Locality            Locality Hat, hot, Saxon, and field
Hathaway Locality            Locality Port Haethwy, in Wales
Hathorn Locality            Locality A dwelling near hawthorns
Hatton Locality            Locality A town in Warwickshire, England
Haugh Locality            Locality A little meadow lying in a valley
Havemeyer Danish-Dutch        Danish-Dutch garden-master
Havens Haven, a harbor
Haverill Teutonic            Teutonic Haber, oats, and hill
Haw Saxon               Saxon Haeg, a small inclosure near a house, a haugh, a close
Hawes Saxon               Saxon Haeg, a small inclosure near a house, a haugh, a close
Hawley Saxon               Saxon Haw, a hedge, haeg, a small piece of ground near a house, a close, a place where hawthorns grow, and leg, a field or meadow
Hay Scottish            Scottish A hedge, an inclosure, to inclose, fence in, a protection, a place of safety
Haycock a foundling in a hayfield
Hayden Locality            Locality Heyden, a town of Denmark
Haydyn Locality            Locality Heyden, a town of Denmark
Hayes Anglo-Scottish      Anglo-Scottish A man who lived near an enclosure (haeg) or (heye), an area of forest fenced off for hunting
Hayford Hay, an inclosure, and ford, a way
Hayle Welsh               Welsh moor
Hayman Saxon               Saxon hieg, hay, and ward, a keeper
Hayne German              German Hech or Hohe, high, and narr, a fool, a jester, a merry fellow, king's fool
Hayner German              German Hech or Hohe, high, and narr, a fool, a jester, a merry fellow, king's fool
Haynes Haine, a river in Belgium
Haynesworth Anglo-Saxon         Anglo-Saxon The farm or place in the forest or grove, from haine, German and Saxon, a wood, and worth, a place inclosed, cultivated
Haynsworth Anglo-Saxon         Anglo-Saxon The farm or place in the forest or grove, from haine, German and Saxon, a wood, and worth, a place inclosed, cultivated
Hayward Saxon               Saxon hieg, hay, and ward, a keeper
Hazard British             British ard, nature, and has, high
Hazelrigg Locality            Locality hazel-ridge
Hazelwood Locality            Locality A wood where hazel-nuts grow
Hazen Danish              Danish A hare
Head Anglo-Saxon         Anglo-Saxon Hithe, a harbor, a shelter for boats
Heaton Saxon               Saxon Hea, high, and ton
Heber Hebrew              Hebrew foreigner
Hecker Danish              Danish Hekker, a hedger
Hedd Welsh               Welsh Hekker, a hedger
Hedges Locality            Locality A fence of thorn-bushes
Hedon Locality            Locality high town
Hellier Dorsetshire-England Dorsetshire-England thatcher or tiler
Helling Welsh               Welsh Hellan, elms
Helmer Welsh               Welsh Hellan, elms
Henderson son of Hendrik or Henry
Henley Locality            Locality Hen, old, and ley, a field or common
Henry Saxon               Saxon Einrick, ever rich
Herbert Here, a soldier, and beorht, bright
Heriot A provider of furniture for an army
Herisson Locality            Locality a town by the name in France
Hermance German              German Heer, a master, lord, or ruler, and mensch, a man
Hermann German              German Army Man
Hernandez Spanish             Spanish son of Hernanado
Herndon Locality            Locality Herne, a cottage, and den, a valley
Herne Saxon               Saxon Herne, a cottage, and den, a valley
Hernshaw Locality            Locality hern, a kind of fowl, a hern, and shaw, a shady inclosure, a place where herns breed
Heron Welsh               Welsh hero
Herr German              German Sire, lord, master
Herrera Spanish             Spanish iron smithy
Herrick Erick is derived from Ehr, German, honor, and rick, rich
Herries son of Henry
Herring Hirring, a town in the Diocese of Alburg, Denmark
Hersey Locality            Locality Herseaux, in the Netherlands
Hewer Saxon               Saxon A person stationed on the sea-shore, to watch and notify the fishermen of the shoals of fish
Hewit son of Hugh
Heyden Locality            Locality a town in Westphalia
Heyman Saxon               Saxon high man
Hibbard Hubbard
Hiccock son of Hig or Hugh
Hickey Huicci, Gwychi, a word signifying valiant men
Hicks Hig(s) or Hick(s). The son of Hugh
Hierne Danish              Danish An angle, a corner
Higginbottom German              German Ickenbaum, oak-tree
Higgins Little Hig or Hugh
Hildyard Saxon               Saxon Hild, a hero, and heard, a pastor or keeper
Hill Anglo-Scottish      Anglo-Scottish One who lives on or near a hill
Hillier Dorsetshire-England Dorsetshire-England thatcher or tiler
Hilyard Saxon               Saxon Hild, a hero, and heard, a pastor or keeper
Hinckley Locality            Locality Hinckley, a town in Leicestershire, England
Hindman one who has the care of herds
Hindon Locality            Locality Hen, old and town
Hinman one who has the care of herds
Hinton Locality            Locality Hen, old and town
Hippisley Saxon               Saxon Hiope, a hip-berry, or wood-rose, and ley, a field
Hipwood Locality            Locality The wood where sweet-briars or roses grow
Hitchens Locality            Locality A town in Hertfordshire, England
Hoag Welsh               Welsh Low in stature, small
Hoare White, hoar, gray
Hobart Hubert
Hobbs Hob, the nick-name for Robert
Hobby Danish              Danish hob, a herd, and by, a town
Hobkins Son of Hob, Robert
Hobson son of Hob,or Robert
Hodd Dutch               Dutch Houdt, a wood
Hodge Roger
Hodgekins son of Roger
Hodges son of Roger
Hodson son of Hod or Hodge
Hoe Welsh               Welsh A state of rest, a stay
Hoff Danish-Dutch        Danish-Dutch A court, residence, palace
Hoffman Dutch               Dutch Hoofdman, a captain, a director, head or chief man
Hoffmeyer German              German a court farmer
Hogan Gaelic              Gaelic Og, young
Hogarth Dutch               Dutch hoogh, high, and aerd, nature or disposition
Hogg Welsh               Welsh Low in stature, small
Hoggel Normandy            Normandy Hugel, a hill
Holbech Holzbeck, the brook in the wood
Holcombe Saxon               Saxon Holt or Hultz, a wood, and combe, a valley
Holden Danish              Danish Safe, entire, wealthy
Holland Locality            Locality a native of that country
Hollenbeck Hollenbach a town on the Rhine, Germany
Holman Allemand, a German
Holme Locality            Locality Meadow lands near or surrounded by water, grassy plains
Holmes Locality            Locality Meadow lands near or surrounded by water, grassy plains
Holsapple German              German Holz, a wood, an apple, or apfel, an orchard
Holt Dutch               Dutch Hultz, a wood
Holtcombe Saxon               Saxon Holt or Hultz, a wood, and combe, a valley
Holywell Locality            Locality A place of Flintshire, Wales
Holzapfel German              German From Holz, a wood, an apple, or apfel, an orchard
Home Meadow lands near or surrounded by water, grassy plains
Homer Greek               Greek Ounpoc, a hostage, a pledge or security
Homfray French              French Homme-vrai, a true man
Hone Welsh               Welsh Hoen, joy
Hong Chinese             Chinese water
Hood Saxon               Saxon houdt, the wood
Hoogaboom Dutch               Dutch Hoog, high, and boom, tree
Hoogstraten Dutch               Dutch High-street
Hooper A cooper
Hope Locality            Locality The side of a hill, or low ground between hills
Hopkins child of Robert
Hopper Saxon               Saxon Hoppere, a dancer
Hore Hoar, white, gray
Hornblower one that blows a horn
Horton Locality            Locality Horr, a ravine and town
Hosford Locality            Locality Ouseford, in England
Hoskins Cornish-British     Cornish-British Heschen or Hoskyn, the place of rushes
Hotchkiss son of Roger
Hotham Saxon               Saxon Hod, a hood or covering, and ham, a house, farm, or village
Hough Dutch               Dutch Hoch, Hoog, and How, high
Houghtailing Dutch               Dutch Hoofd, head or chief, and telling, counting
Houghton Saxon               Saxon hoog, or hoch, high, and ton, a hill, castle, or town
House A covering, a dwelling place, a mansion
Houston Locality            Locality Parish in Renfrewshire, Scotland
Howard Hoch-ward, the high keeper
Howe A high place, a hill
Howell Cornish-British     Cornish-British Houl, the sun
Howlet A small owl
Howlett A night-bird, an owl
Huband Hubaude, from Hugh, and baude, bold
Hubbard Anglo-Saxon         Anglo-Saxon Hubert, bright form, fair hope
Hubbell Locality            Locality Hubba, a Danish chief, and hill
Huber German              German a small farmer or leading man of the village
Hubert Saxon               Saxon hiewe, color, form, beauty, and beort, bright
Huckstep De Hoghstepe, from the high steep
Huddleston Locality            Locality a small parish by that name in the West Riding of Yorkshire
Hudson son of Hod or Roger
Huer A person stationed on the sea-shore, to watch and notify the fishermen of the shoals of fish
Huget son of Hugh
Huggins son of Hugh
Hughes son of Hugh
Hulet A small owl
Hull Teutonic-Saxon      Teutonic-Saxon Hulen or Heulen, to howl, from the noise the river Hull makes when it meets there with the sea
Hulse the town and manor in Great Budworth, Cheshire, England.
Hume Meadow lands near or surrounded by water, grassy plains; sometimes an island
Humphrey Anglo-Saxon         Anglo-Saxon Humfred, that is, house-peace
Hungerford A market-town in Berkshire, England, on the Kennet
Hunn A native of Hungary
Hunt huntsman
Hunter Anglo-Scottish      Anglo-Scottish a hunter
Huntington Saxon               Saxon the mount of hunters
Huntley Locality            Locality the hunting field
Hurd Welsh               Welsh Hurdh, a ram
Hurst Saxon               Saxon A wood, a grove
Husted Saxon               Saxon Hus, a house, and sted, a fixed place
Hutchins child of Hugh
Hutchinson son of Hitchins or Hutchins
Hutton Locality            Locality high town
Hyde Locality            Locality as much land as can be cultivated with one plow
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