Hero Origin and Meaning

The name Hero is a girl's name of English, Greek origin meaning "demi-god".
Despite the possibility of gender confusion, the Hero in Greek myth was a woman. Myleene Klass got that when she chose Hero for her daughter, and Sam Taylor-Wood and Aaron Johnson used it as their daughter's middle--and we wouldn't be surprised to see more girls with this heroic name.

In Greek legend young Leander swam across dangerous waters every night to court his beloved Hero. In Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, Hero is the love interest of Claudio and cousin of Beatrice.

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Famous People Named Hero

  • Honeysuckle Hero Susan WeeksEnglish actress
  • Hero Wheeler (b. 2007)daughter of actress Hermione Norris and Simon Wheeler
  • Hero Harper Quinn (b. 2011)daughter of singer Myleene Angela Klass of Hear'Say and Graham Quinn
  • Romy Hero Johnson (b. 2012)daughter of actor Aaron Taylor,Johnson and Sam Taylor,Wood

Hero in Pop Culture

  • Herocharacter from Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing'
  • Hero Dukecharacter in webseries Nothing Much to Do
  • Hero Browncharacter from 'Y: The Last Man'
  • Hero Pavloussiintensely arrogant and egotistical wife of a Greek shipping tycoon in Patrick White's 'The Vivisector' (1970)
  • Hero Farnsworth Amescharacter from Gillian, by Frank Yerby
  • Heroa priestess of Aphrodite who threw herself into the sea when her lover Leander drowned
  • "Hero"song by Cash Cash feat. Christina Perri