Hal is a shortening of the English and German Halden in the English language.
Hal is also a diminutive form of the English Harry.
Hal is also a diminutive form of the English Henry.
Hal is unusual as a baby name for boys. Its usage peaked modestly in 1956 with 0.028% of baby boys being named Hal. It ranked at #305 then. The baby name has since dropped out of favor, and is of only irregular use today. In 2018, among the group of boy names directly related to Hal, Henry was the most popular.
† Pronunciation for Hal: HH as in "he (HH.IY)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)"
Details of famous persons named Hal:
Fictional Supercomputer HAL 9000, born 1951.
Filmmaker Hal Roach, born Harry Eugene Roach, January 14, 1892 - November 2, 1992, Elmira, New York.
Theater Producer Hal Prince, born Harold Smith Prince, 30 January 1928, New York City, New York.