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Gender: M Meaning of Hector: "holding fast" Origin of Hector: Greek Hector's Popularity in 2013: #277

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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 277--slightly down from its mid-1990s high, Hector is Number 36 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.

Famous People Named Hector

Hector Berlioz, French composer
Hector Lavoe, Puerto Rican salsa singer
Hector Hugh Munro aka Saki, British short-story writer
Héctor Elizondo, American actor
Héctor Barberá, Spanish motorcycle racer
Héctor Garza, Mexican pro wrestler
Héctor Faubel, Spanish motorcycle racer
Héctor Delgado Román, Puerto Rican reggaeton singer
Hector Boece, Scottish philosopher
Héctor Camacho, Puerto Rican boxer

Pop Culture References for the Name Hector

Hector, son of Priam in Greek mythology
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)
"Hector was the First of the Gang to Die," song by Morrissey
Hector Salamanca, character on TV's "Breaking Bad"
Hector Rex Vonner, character in book/movie "A Time to Kill"
Hector Cruz, character in movie "Entrapment"

Hector's International Variations

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