Hebrew Names for Boys (H-M)

Hebrew Names for Baby Boys With Their Meanings

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Naming a new baby can be an exciting (if somewhat daunting) task. Below are examples of Hebrew boys names beginning with the letters H through M in English. The Hebrew meaning for each name is listed along with information about any biblical characters with that name.


Hadar - From the Hebrew words for “beautiful, ornamented” or “honored.”

Hadriel - “Splendor of the Lord.”

Haim - A variant of Chaim .

Haran - From the Hebrew words for “mountaineer” or “mountain people.”

Harel - Harel means "mountain of God."

Hevel - "breath, vapor.”

Hila - Abbreviated version of the Hebrew word “ tehila” meaning “praise.” Also, Hilai or Hilan.

Hillel - Hillel was a Jewish scholar in the first century BCE. Hillel means "praise."

Hod - Hod was a member of Asher's tribe. Hod means "splendor."

Idan - Idan (also spelled Edan) means "era, historic period."​

Idi - The name of a 4th-century scholar mentioned in the Talmud.​

Ilan - Ilan (also spelled Elan) means "tree"​

Ir - “city or town.”​

Isaac (Yitzhak) - Isaac was Abraham's son in the Bible. Yitzak means "he will laugh.”​

Isaiah - From the Hebrew for “God is my salvation.” Isaiah was one of the prophets of the Bible.​

Israel  - The name given to Jacob after he wrestled with an angel and also the name of the Jewish State. In Hebrew, Israel means “to wrestle with God.”​

Issachar - Issachar was Jacob's son in the Bible. Issachar means "there is a reward."​

Itai - Itai was one of David's warriors in the Bible. Itai means "friendly."​

Itamar - Itamar was Aharon's son in the Bible. Itamar means "island of palm (trees)."


Jacob (Yaacov) - Jacob means “held by the heel.” Jacob is one of the Jewish patriarchs.​

Jeremiah - “God will loosen the bonds” or “God will uplift.” Jeremiah was one of the Hebrew prophets in the Bible.​

Jethro - “Abundance,"  "riches.” Jethro was Moses’ father-in-law.​

Job - Job was the name of a righteous man who was persecuted by Satan (the adversary) and whose story is recounted in the Book of Job. The name means “hated” or “oppressed.”​

Jonathan (Yonatan) - Jonathan was King Saul’s son and King David’s best friend in the Bible. The name means “God has given.”​

Jordan - The name of the Jordan river in Israel. Originally “Yarden,” it means "to flow down, descend."​

Joseph (Yosef) - Joseph was the son of Jacob and Rachel in the Bible. The name means “God will add or increase.”​

Joshua (Yehoshua) - Joshua was Moses' successor as leader of the Israelites in the Bible. Joshua means “the Lord is my salvation.”​

Josiah - “Fire of the Lord.” In the Bible Josiah was a king who ascended the throne at the age of eight when his father was murdered.​

Judah (Yehuda) - Judah was the son of Jacob and Leah in the Bible. The name means “praise.”​

Joel (Yoel) - Joel was a prophet. Yoel means "God is willing."​

Jonah (Yonah) - Jonah was a prophet. Yonah means "dove."


Karmiel – Hebrew for “God is my vineyard.” Also spelled Carmiel.​

Katriel – “God is my crown.”​

Kefir – “Young cub or lion.”


Lavan – “White.”​

Lavi - Lavi means "lion."​

Levi - Levi was Jacob and Leah’s son in the Bible. The name means “joined” or “attendant upon.”​

Lior - Lior means "I have light."​

Liron, Liran - Liron, Liran means "I have joy."


Malach - “Messenger or angel.”​

Malachi - Malachi was a prophet in the Bible.​

Malkiel - “My King is God.”​

Matan - Matan means "gift."​

Maor - Maor means "light."​

Maoz - “Strength of the Lord.”​

Matityahu - Matityahu was the father of Judah Maccabi. Matityahu means "gift of God."​

Mazal - “Star” or “luck.”​

Meir (Meyer) - Meir (also spelled Meyer) means "light."​

Menashe - Menashe was Joseph's son.  The name means “causing to forget.”​

Merom - “Heights.” Merom was the name of a place where Joshua won one of his military victories.​

Micah - Micah was a prophet.​

Michael - Michael was an angel and messenger of God in the Bible. The name means “Who is like God?”​

Mordechai - Mordechai was Queen Esther's cousin in the Book of Esther. The name means “warrior," or "warlike.”​

Moriel - “God is my guide.”​

Moses (Moshe) - Moses was a prophet and leader in the Bible. He brought the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt and led them to the Promised Land. Moses means “drawn out (of the water)” in Hebrew.

See also: Hebrew Names for Boys (A-G) and Hebrew Names for Boys (N-Z).