What does Hercules mean?
Hercules [her-cules] as a boys' name is pronounced HERK-yoo-lees. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Hercules is "Hera's glory". Mythology: the Greek hero Hercules was a son of Zeus who possessed extraordinary strength. It has been in use since the 16th century, and in Scotland it has been used as an anglicization of the Gaelic name Athairne and the Norse Hacon. The name was borne by at least two saints, but may be better known through Agatha Christie's fictional Belgian detective and intellectual Hercule Poirot.
(male) Harcules, Herculey, ..
(female) Hercudee, Hercunia, ..
How popular is Hercules?
Hercules is a rare first name for males but a very popular last name for all people (#16525 out of 150436, Top 11%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name statistics of Hercules for boys. Hercules was first listed in 1910-1919 and reached its highest rank of #1717 in the U.S. in the 1930s, but is not found in the list currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)
Suggested similar names are Arles, Delles, Haralds, Harlea, Harlee, Harlen, Harley▼, Hartlea, Hartlee, Hartley, Headley, Hecie, Heckie, Hedley, Heller, Hendries, Henlea, Henlee, Henley, Heraldo, Herbie, Herlad, Hermes, Hermie, Hermilo, Hermite, Hermus, Herne, Hernlea (see Hernley), Hernlee (see Hernley), Hernley, Hernlie (see Hernley), Hernly, Herold, Herrold, Herschel▼, Hershel▼, Hertzel, Herut (see Cherut), Herve, Hervey, Herzel, Herzl, Heschel, Heulog, Hocklea (see Hockley), Hocklee (see Hockley), Hockley, Horslea (see Horsley), Horsley, Huges, Hugues, Hurlee, Hurley, Jules▼, Marques▼, Mercure, Mercuree, Mercurey, Pericles and Xerxes. These names tend to be more commonly used than Hercules.See names in meaning and etymology.