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Gender: Male Meaning of Hector: "holding fast" Origin of Hector: Greek Hector's Popularity in 2017: #317

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 Old Man Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Rate the Previous Signature!".

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.

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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
Héctor Bellerin - Spanish Football Player for Arsenal

Pop Culture References for the name Hector

Hector Barbossa, "Pirates of the Caribbean" series
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 Madden, character in television series "The Hour"
"Hector was the First of the Gang to Die," song by Morrissey
Hector "Tio" 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 Campbell, main character in G. A. Henty's, Won by the Sword
Hector Bittermouse, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Hector Zeroni, character in the book/movie "Holes"
Hector James, character in the 'Switchpaw Saga' book series
Hector "Hec" Faulkner, character in "Hunt for the Wilderpeople"
Hector Hammond, character in DC Universe
Hector, nicknamed "Heck," a character from the film "Imagine Me and You"
Hector Romero, character in the TV series "extr@"
Hector, character in Pixar's "Coco"
Hector, character in video game Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade

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.