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.
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 (#5584 out of 88799, Top 6%). (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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)