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Origin and Meaning of Hello

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  • According to a user from United Kingdom, the name Hello is of English origin and means "Greetings".
  • A submission from Canada says the name Hello means "Greeting" and is of English origin.
  • According to a user from India, the name Hello is of Indian (Sanskrit) origin and means "Anuj".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun and interjection Hel*lo"
An exclamation used as a greeting, to call attention, as an exclamation of surprise, or to encourage one. This variant of Halloo and Holloo has become the dominant form. In the United States, it is the most common greeting used in answering a telephone.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An expression of greeting ("every morning they exchanged polite hellos")

Hello (first attested in 1833), from holla, hollo (attested 1588). This variant of hallo is often credited to Thomas Edison as a coinage for telephone use, but its appearance in print predates the invention of the telephone by several decades.

Ultimately from a variant of Old English ēalā, such as hēlā, which was used colloquially in that time similarly to how hey or hi is used nowadays. Thus, equivalent to a compound of hey and lo.

Possibly influenced by the Old Saxon verb halon (“to bring something, to gather”), akin to English hale or hail (Old English geholian). More at hallo.

  1. "Hello!" or an equivalent greeting.

Notable Persons Named Hello

Hello Kitty is a fictional character.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Hello

Ernest Hello is a writer. He was most active from 19 to 19. Ernest was born in Tréguier.


The was born on November 4th, 1981.


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Popularity of Hello as a last name

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Fun Facts about the name Hello

  • How unique is the name Hello? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Hello was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Hello: Your name in reverse order is Olleh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Olleh. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Hello born Jan 18, 1933

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of USA South-West approximately on 1175. Your profession was leader, major, and captain.

Psychologically, you were timid, constrained, and quiet. You had creative talents, waited until that life to be liberated. Sometimes environment considered you strange. Your main task - to make the world more beautiful. Physical and spiritual deserts are just waiting for your touch. Keep smiling!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.