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Gender: M Meaning of Hector: "holding fast" Origin of Hector: Greek Hector's Popularity in 2012: #267

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Previously used primarily by Latino families, this name of the great hero of the Trojan War as related in Homer's Iliad is beginning to be considered more seriously by others seeking noble ancient hero names as well--it was also the name of the knight who raised King Arthur as his own son.

Currently ranking Number 267--slightly down from its mid-1990s high, Hector is Number 31 in Spain, and popular in other Spanish-speaking countries, in France, and in Scotland where it is an Anglicization of Eachann.

In addition to being used for many contemporary Hispanic movie and TV characters, other Hectors appeared in such films as Mystic Pizza and Lars and the Real Girl. In literature, you can find Hectors in Thackeray's Vanity Fair and Balzac's Cousin Bette.

Some notable real-life Hectors: composer Berlioz and actor Elizando.

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Famous People Named Hector

Composer Hector Berlioz
Hector Lavoe, iconic Puerto Rican salsa singer
Hector Hugh Munro (pen name 'Saki') (1870-1916), British short-story writer

Pop Culture References for the Name Hector

Hector, son of Priam in Shakespeare's 1602 play Troilus and Cressida
Hector of the Mist, outlaw in The Legend of Montrose (1819) by Sir Walter Scott
Hector, slave to Gabriel Harrison in William Gilmore Simms's novel The Yemassee (1835)
Pop singer Morrissey penned the surprise hit "Hector was the First of the Gang to Die."
Hector Salamanca, character from Breaking Bad
Hector Rex Vonner, character from "A Time to Kill"
Hector Cruz, from the movie "Entrapment"

Hector's International Variations

Eachtar (Irish) Ettore (Italian) Heitor (Portuguese) Eachann (Scottish)