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What does Hector mean?

Hector Pronunciation of Hector as a boys' name is pronounced HEK-tor. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Hector is "to restrain, defend". From Hekt˘r, derived from ekhein. In classical legend and Homer's "Iliad", Hector was a prince and warrior of Troy. The name was used in Scotland as an English form of Eachann. Designer Ettore Sottsass; composer Hector Berlioz.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, classical (medieval), legend (mythology), prince (king), warrior, scotland


VARIANTS Ector, Ettore, Hec, Hecie, Heck, Heckie, Heitor



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How popular is Hector?

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)

Hector reached its top position of #156 in the U.S. in 1992, and is currently at #329. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hector name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Ettore is the only other prominent variation form of Hector (#329 A YEAR AGO) rated in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Hector was common among parents in the year 2005 (AVERAGE #1083) and is now significantly less (#1164, DOWN 54.6%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hector, Ettore in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Anchor, Artor, Castor, Delmor (see Delmar), Factor, Fedor, Feodor, Hacon, Halton, Halvor, Heath, Heber, Hebor, Hedeon, Heder, Heiko, Heiner, Helier, Heller, Heriot, Hermon, Heroot (see Cherut), Herrior, Heulog, Hewson, Hilton, Horton, Hunter, Huston, Hutton, Hylton, Kastor, Meinor, Menor, Mentor, Mercator, Nestor, Proctor, Seamor, Senior, Teador, Tedor, Telfor, Teodor, Viator, Victor, Viktor, Vitor and Yegor. These names tend to be less commonly used than Hector.

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