Homer


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Pledge; hostage.”

Pronunciation: (HOH-mer)

Nicknames: Hom, Homie

Detail: A Greek name derived from homeros meaning “hostage” or “pledge”.

Homer was the Greek epic poet who wrote the ‘Iliad’, about the Trojan War, and the ‘Odyssey’, about Odysseus’ journey home after the war.

This name is borne by the cartoon father on the television series ‘The Simpsons’.

Male Variations:

  • Homer (English, Ancient Greek)
  • Homeros (Ancient Greek)

Honor


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Honor.”

Pronunciation: (ON-er)

Nicknames: Nonie, Noor, Nora, Nori

From the Latin Honorius which meant “honor”.

Names of several saints, Honorina and Honorius.

Female Variations:

  • Annora (English)
  • Honor (English)
  • Honora (Irish, English)
  • Honoria (Roman)
  • Honorina (Roman)
  • Honorine (French)
  • Honour (English)
  • Nóirín (Irish)
  • Nonie (English)
  • Noora (Finnish)
  • Nora (Irish, English, Scandinavian, German, Italian)
  • Norah (Irish, English)
  • Noreen (Irish, English)
  • Norene (Irish, English)
  • Norina (Italian)
  • Onóra (Irish)

Male Variations:

  • Honoré (French)
  • Honorinus (Roman)
  • Honorius (Roman)

Huckleberry


Gender: Masculine

Origin: American

Meaning: “Humble.”

Pronunciation: (HUHK-uhl-ber-ee)

Nicknames: Huck

Detail: Both in agriculture and in the American vocabulary, the huckleberry has been humble. In 1800s America, huckleberry meant “a small thing.”

Huckleberry was chosen for the title role in one of the most well-known American novels, Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

“We said there warn’t no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don’t. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft.”

Huma


 

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Persian

Meaning: “Bird, water spirit.”

Pronunciation: (HOO-mah)

Nicknames: Hum, Humi

Detail: A mythical high flying bird which symbolises freedom.

The word Huma which has a Persian origin is Bulah in Arabic. It is supposed that in the word Huma, hu represents “spirit”, and mah originates from the Arabic Ma’a which means “water”.

Holden


Gender: Masculine

Origin: English

Meaning: “Deep valley.”

Pronunciation: (HOLE-den)

Nicknames: Hold

Detail: Holden is an English surname which was first taken from the same English place name. It is made up of the Old English elements hol “deep, hollow” and denu “valley”.

Holden Caulfield was the main character in the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.