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What does Hercules mean?

Hercules Pronunciation of Hercules 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, mythology, hero, strength, 16th century, scotland, gaelic, norse, saints, fictional (literary)


VARIANTS Ercole, Ercolo, Ercule, Heraclio, Herakles, Hercule, Herculie



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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)

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. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding 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.

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