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17k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
265
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Hal

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H is for hardy, can't keep you down!

A is for adaptable, for the world is full of unique challenges

L is for little, the little things you do.

Notable Persons Named Hal

Hal Robson-Kanu is a soccer player for the Reading F.C., Arsenal F.C., Southend United F.C., Swindon Town F.C., England national under-19 football team, England national under-20 football team, and Wales national under-21 football team. Hal was born on May 21st, 1989 in Acton, England. Hal is also known as Robson-Kanu and Thomas Henry Alex.

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HAL 9000 is a fictional character.

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Hal Holbrook is an actor. He was most prominent from 1954 to present. Hal was given the name Harold Rowe Holbrook, Jr. on February 17th, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.

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Hal Moore is a we were soldiers once… and young, crested butte, and colorado. His military service ended in 1977.

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Hal Linden is an actor, television director, and musician. He was most prominent from 1957 to 1957. Hal was given the name Harold Lipshitz on March 20th, 1931 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Hal Smith was an actor and voice actor. He was most prominent from 1936 to 1994. Hal was given the name Harold John Smith on August 24th, 1916 in Petoskey, Michigan, U.S. Hal is also known as Hal J. Smith and Hal John Smith. He passed away on January 28th, 1994.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Hal

Andre Hal is an athlete for the Houston Texans. Andre was born on May 30th, 1992 in Port Allen, Louisiana. Andre is also known as Hal, Andre Jeroy, and Jr..

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Herbert A. Littleton Hal is a military person. His military service ended in 1951.

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Jean Ven Robert Hal is a kosmische musik, space, electronic, instrumental, krautrock, new-age, ambient, classical, synthpop, space music, electronic music, new-age music, and ambient music composer, musician, artist, producer, synthesist, and analog synthesizer. He plays Synthesizer, piano, Organ, keyboards, Hammond organ, Sequencer, Drums, Drum machines, Percussion, Sampler, Vocoder, Theremin, Electronic organ, Music sequencer, Drum machine, and Sampler (musical instrument). His ongoing career started in 1994. Jean was born on May 11th, 1970 in Milan. Jean is also known as Hal and Jean Ven Robert.

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How popular is the baby name Hal in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 7 0 7
1881 12 0 12
1882 26 0 26
1883 20 0 20
1884 25 0 25
1885 15 0 15
1886 18 0 18
1887 23 0 23
1888 20 0 20
1889 12 0 12
1890 21 0 21
1891 17 0 17
1892 17 0 17
1893 26 0 26
1894 23 0 23
1895 20 0 20
1896 19 0 19
1897 20 0 20
1898 28 0 28
1899 20 0 20
1900 25 0 25
1901 19 0 19
1902 25 0 25
1903 23 0 23
1904 21 0 21
1905 20 0 20
1906 23 0 23
1907 30 0 30
1908 19 0 19
1909 24 0 24
1910 31 0 31
1911 43 0 43
1912 60 0 60
1913 81 0 81
1914 115 0 115
1915 152 0 152
1916 133 0 133
1917 125 0 125
1918 172 0 172
1919 161 0 161
1920 193 0 193
1921 177 0 177
1922 171 0 171
1923 159 0 159
1924 188 6 182
1925 191 0 191
1926 190 6 184
1927 190 0 190
1928 193 0 193
1929 194 0 194
1930 153 0 153
1931 166 0 166
1932 194 0 194
1933 188 0 188
1934 205 0 205
1935 201 0 201
1936 148 0 148
1937 191 0 191
1938 162 0 162
1939 202 0 202
1940 196 0 196
1941 194 0 194
1942 204 0 204
1943 208 0 208
1944 213 0 213
1945 211 0 211
1946 264 0 264
1947 361 0 361
1948 358 0 358
1949 406 0 406
1950 370 0 370
1951 387 0 387
1952 392 0 392
1953 405 0 405
1954 416 0 416
1955 455 0 455
1956 597 0 597
1957 527 0 527
1958 455 0 455
1959 418 0 418
1960 402 0 402
1961 341 0 341
1962 229 0 229
1963 278 0 278
1964 199 0 199
1965 199 0 199
1966 170 0 170
1967 151 0 151
1968 125 0 125
1969 105 0 105
1970 125 0 125
1971 125 0 125
1972 116 0 116
1973 97 0 97
1974 85 0 85
1975 79 0 79
1976 68 0 68
1977 59 0 59
1978 64 0 64
1979 72 0 72
1980 74 0 74
1981 56 0 56
1982 53 0 53
1983 52 0 52
1984 41 0 41
1985 59 0 59
1986 65 0 65
1987 33 0 33
1988 55 0 55
1989 43 0 43
1990 31 0 31
1991 38 0 38
1992 32 0 32
1993 36 0 36
1994 22 0 22
1995 20 0 20
1996 23 0 23
1997 26 0 26
1998 21 0 21
1999 14 0 14
2000 23 0 23
2001 18 0 18
2002 22 0 22
2003 26 0 26
2004 9 0 9
2005 8 0 8
2006 14 0 14
2007 15 0 15
2008 9 0 9
2009 12 0 12
2010 10 0 10
2011 15 0 15
2012 19 0 19
2013 16 0 16
2014 22 0 22
2015 20 0 20
2016 15 0 15
2017 16 0 16

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Popularity of Hal as a first name

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Popularity of Hal as a last name

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Common last names for Hal

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Davis
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Taylor
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Clark
  • Martin
  • Harris
  • Walker
  • Young
  • King

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Hal U.S.
  White 28.68% 64.26%
  African American 60.38% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 6.42% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.64% 16.26%

Of Last Name Hal

People with the last name Hal are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Hal

  • How Popular is the name Hal? Hal is the 1,863rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Hal was the 73,215th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Hal have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 16,556 babies born with the first name Hal in the United States. That's more than enough people named Hal to occupy the territory of Anguilla (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 15,236 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Hal? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Hal first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Hal is Wednesday, April 14th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Hal born? The highest recorded use of the first name Hal was in 1956 with a total of 597 babies.
  • Random Hal Factoid: According to the 1920 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Hal ranks 71st in popularity as a baby boy's name in Utah. Imagine that, 18 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 1920.
  • Weird things about the name Hal: Your name in reverse order is Lah. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lah. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Hal? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 265 people with the last name Hal.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Hal? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Hal as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.1m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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