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What does Hector mean?

Hector \he(c)-tor\ as a boys' name is pronounced HEK-tor. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Hector is "to restrain". In Homer's "Iliad", Hector was a prince of Troy. Designer Ettore Sottsass; composer Hector Berlioz.


Hector has 2 variants: Ector and Ettore.

For more on this name, see also the related boy name Eachann.


Hector is a very popular first name for men (#189 out of 1220, Top 15%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#7671 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the baby name popularity of Hector for boys. Hector reached its top position of #142 in the U.S. during 1980-1989, and is currently at #291. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Hector name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Hector outside U.S.