"holding fast"

Hector Origin and Meaning

The name Hector is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "holding fast".

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.

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.

# 384 in the US

Hector Rank in US Top 1000

# 522 on Nameberry

Hector Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Hector Popularity

Famous People Named Hector

  • Hector BerliozFrench composer
  • Hector LavoePuerto Rican salsa singer
  • Hector Hugh Munro aka SakiBritish short,story writer
  • Héctor ElizondoAmerican actor
  • Héctor BarberáSpanish motorcycle racer
  • Héctor GarzaMexican pro wrestler
  • Héctor FaubelSpanish motorcycle racer
  • Héctor Delgado RománPuerto Rican reggaeton singer
  • Hector BoeceScottish philosopher
  • Héctor CamachoPuerto Rican boxer
  • Héctor BellerinSpanish Football Player for Arsenal

Hector in Pop Culture

  • Hector Barbossa"Pirates of the Caribbean" series
  • Hectorson of Priam in Greek mythology
  • Hector of the Mistoutlaw in The Legend of Montrose (1819) by Sir Walter Scott
  • Hectorslave to Gabriel Harrison in William Gilmore Simms's novel The Yemassee (1835)
  • Hector Maddencharacter in television series "The Hour"
  • "Hector was the First of the Gang to Die" song by Morrissey
  • Hector "Tio" Salamancacharacter on TV's "Breaking Bad"
  • Hector Rex Vonnercharacter in book/movie "A Time to Kill"
  • Hector Cruzcharacter in movie "Entrapment"
  • Hector Campbellmain character in G. A. Henty's, Won by the Sword
  • Hector Bittermousecharacter in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
  • Hector Zeronicharacter in the book/movie "Holes"
  • Hector Jamescharacter in the 'Switchpaw Saga' book series
  • Hector "Hec" Faulknercharacter in "Hunt for the Wilderpeople"
  • Hector Hammondcharacter in DC Universe
  • Hectornicknamed "Heck," a character from the film "Imagine Me and You"
  • Hector Romerocharacter in the TV series "extr@"
  • Hectorcharacter in Pixar's "Coco"
  • Hectorcharacter in video game Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade