The name Hector is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "holding fast". Hector is ranked #317 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Mythological Baby Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Build a sibling set together!".
From the experts:
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.