Hermione - Duninntite of Hermia. Hermione was the daughter of Menelaus and Helen of Troy.
Hermine (Latin) - " Lordly."
Hermegyld (Anglo-Saxon) - " Sight-giver."
Hermyngyld - v.ariant of above.
Hero (Greek} - " Divine."
Herse (Greek) - " Soft as dew," or " the dew."
Hersey - Irish form of above.
Hersilia (Greek) - " Open," '* free."
Hesione (Greek) - " One offered in sacrifice," or " redeemer." This poor princess, daughter of Laomedon, King of Troy, was chained by her father to a rock, that she might be devoured by some sea monster to appease the wrath of Apollo and Poseidon. Hercules rescued her, and gave her in marriage to his friend Telamon.
Hesperia (Greek) - " Maid of the eventide."
Hester (Assyrian) - " A star." For full origin see " Esther."
Hesther - Variant of above.
Hestia (Greek) - " Goddess of the hearth," or, more correctly, " of the fire burning on the hearth." By the Romans she was worshipped under the name of Vesta, and was considered a most important deity. As the hearth was regarded as the centre of domestic life, Hestia was looked upon as the presiding genius of domestic life and giver of all family felicity. Some even impute to her the invention of house building!
Hetty - Diminutive both of Hester and Henrietta.
Hilaria (Latin) - " Cheerful," " merry," from Latin " hilarius," whence our words " hilarious " and " hilarity."
Hilary - Originally this was the masculine form of Hilaria, but the latter has virtually dropped into disuse, and Hilary is now used for either sex.
Hilda (Teutonic) - " Battle-maid." This is one of the very oldest of Teutonic names, and descended from the Valkyries, the warrior-maidens of Scandinavian mythology. The name is derived from Hilde, the war-goddess of the [north. Originally, Hilda was seldom used alone, but usually in connection with some other word, to which it formed the prefix or suffix. It is interesting to note that the three commonest root-words of old Teutonic names were all indicative of courage - viz., Hilda - "battle"; Gunda - brave; and " trud " - " fortitude," plainly revealing what were the characteristics of those women who were worthy companions to that race of warriors who ruled the mystic north.
Hildebjorg - " Lady protectress." Scandinavian form.
Hildegarde - Same meaning as above. Low German form, but probably originated, with Hildegar, from a Scandinavian form.
Hildegarda - Variant of above.
Hildegonda (Teutonic) - " Battle -maid-of-war."
Hildagunda - " Brave battle-maid."
Hildegunnr - " Female warrior."
Hildeletha - " Battle leader." Abbess of Barking.
Hildelildis (Anglo-Norman} - 4' Battle-spirit."
Hildemar - " Glory of Hilda."
Hildewig - " Lady protectress." Same as
Hilduara - "Battle-prudence." Spanish variant.
Hiltrude (Valkyr) - " Battle-truth." om
Hildur-"battle," and Thrudr = " truth." The masculine forms of Hilda are still popular in Germany - Hildebrand - "battle-sword," Hildebert - " illustrious lord and in Spain the famous Alfonso began life as Hildefuns = " battle-vehemen other derivatives of the name refer to Brunehilda, and Clothilda. Modern versions are Maud, Matilda, Tilly
Hinda (Persian) - " Love-grieved."
Holda (Old German) - " Earth-goddess." Evidently some corruption of Hertha. Both probably derived from Bertha, which see.
Hippodamia (Greek) - " Horse-breaker."
Hippolyte (Greek) - "Horse-looser." Hippolyte was queen of the Amazons, and possessed a famous girdle given to her by her father, Mars; and the ninth " Labour of Hercules was to obtain the same. Incited by Hera, a contest ensued in which Hippolyte was slain. The Amazons were a community of warrior women who dwelt by the river Thermoden, in Africa. The word is said to be derived from afxafa (a = without, " mazos "=" breast"), but is really a Scythian word. No men were allowed in the community, and if a boy was born, he was either killed or sent to the neighbouring state, where his father resided. The men were visited once each year by their wives.. The girls born had their right breasts burnt off, that they might the more easily draw the bow. Hence the term a-mazon. The present-day phrase, " A regular amazon," originated from this race.
Hope - An abstract virtue name, forming the trio with Faith and Charity.
Horatia (Latin) - " Roman lady." Derived from Hora, the ancient form of Hera = " lady," or " mistress of the house."
Horsel (Swabian) - " Little-bear."
Hortensia - Variant of above. Italian form is Ortensia.
Huldah (Teutonic) - " Muffled." Often called "snow goddess,"
Hulla - Variant of above, and connected with Holda.
Hyacinthe (Greek) - " Purple coloured."according to the Greek legend, Hyacinth was a beautiful Spartan youth, beloved by Apollo, and accidentally killed by a blow from his quoit. From his blood sprang up the flower which bears his name. Hyacinth is now used as a feminine name.