Gender: Male Meaning of Hector: "holding fast" Origin of Hector: Greek Hector's Popularity in 2019: #341

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.

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Rank in US: #341

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Hector's International Variations

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


paulapuddephatt Says:


I actually really like this name. Not sure if I consider it to be usable or "guilty pleasure".

Yara Says:


I like this name. It's simple, dignified, and it's not very old-fashioned.

katinka Says:


Really like Hector. It sounds strong, handsome and dignified. I like Hec or maybe even Hex or Ecco as a nickname.

Lena_Aline Says:


I really like this name. Hector from The Iliad is a great namesake as well.

Michaela Says:


#291 in 2014? Surprising! I like Hector, but I would never have guessed it to be in the top 500, let alone top 1000.

RoddyThlayli Says:


Really like the name Hector for some reason, and the nickname Hec/Heck. Another fictional namesake is the Hector in the Electric Company kids show.

eveyalecia Says:


I read a book called Heck Superhero! about a boy named Hector who went by Heck, and I really loved it. I also like Hector from The Iliad. I'm really fond of this name.

larkspur83 Says:


I love the nickname Hec!

lesliemarion Says:


I like Hector. A serious and real name.