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Quick Facts on Hector

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Greek
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 277
Simple meaning:
Holding fast, one who stands fast

Characteristics of Hector

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Hector

Hector comes from the Greek personal name Hektōr and was borne by a great Trojan warrior from Greek mythology and Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad. Hector was the son of Priam, King of Troy, and the brother of Paris (the one who stole the lovely Helen from the King of Sparta thus launching the 10 year Trojan War). Hector was revered for both his courage and his honorable nature. He fought with a sense of responsibility to his city and his family. He was admired by the Greeks, the Trojans and the meddling gods themselves. During this ancient war (which took place in 12th century B.C.), Hector fought valiantly and killed many prominent Greek warriors including Achilles dear comrade-in-arms Petrocles. Alas, however, the fall of Troy was predestined by the gods and the Greeks would ultimately triumph. Hector was finally killed by Achilles who brutally dragged his body alongside his chariot around Troy for nine days. Not exactly a graceful winner; we agree. The gods intervened so Hector’s body was kept in-tact, returned to his father the king, and given a proper burial. As we all know, the Greeks cleverly built a hollowed-out wooden horse and hid inside. Thinking the Greeks had fled, the Trojans unwittingly rolled the horse inside their city gates (despite the warnings of Cassandra). At nightfall, the Greeks exited the horse and defeated the Trojans. In the end, however, Hector was remembered as one of the greatest warriors of this epic war. In fact, at one point when his fellow Trojans were debating the favorability of certain omens, Hector retorts: "One omen is best: defending the fatherland" –the motto of the Greek Armed Forces to this day. In Greek, Héktōr is a derivative of the verb “ékhein” which means ‘to hold fast’ and the mighty warrior Hector indeed ‘held fast’ to the end. Despite knowing his ultimate destiny, Hector remained in battle, fighting courageously and skillfully. The name was occasionally used in medieval times probably because of the noble character of this classical hero. Today, Héctor is particularly popular in Spain where it’s currently the 29th most common male name (2009).

Popularity of the Name Hector

The name Héctor is primarily used among the Hispanic/Latino Americans in the United States. The name has been in use since the turn of the 20th century, and it has slowly gained ground as the decades progressed (and as the Latino population continues to grow). The name’s peak popularity came in the early 1990s when it hovered around the 150 mark. Today the name has slipped a little in usage and fell off the Top 200 list of most commonly used boy names in 2009. We’re surprised that Hector is not more universally bestowed upon little boys given the legendary Greek warrior and namesake. Hopefully, like the name’s etymology, we’d like to see it “hold fast” to the charts and stick around for many decades to come. Hector is a cool name, period.
Popularity of the Boy Name Hector
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Hector

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Hector

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Hector

    Hector (The Iliad) Hector is the mythological hero of Homer’s Greek epic, The Iliad. He is the son of King Priam of Troy and the great warrior of the Trojan War. And he is one stand-up guy! Heroic and human by halves, he stands as an icon to the type of man we would all like to see all the time – so we would name all boy children “Hector”, except for the fact that it would cause mass confusion. Still, it would also cause mass reasonableness, so it might almost be worth it! Hector is the finest warrior of the Trojans, but he is loathe to go to war. What a guy! He has to, though, in order to amend the screw-up to which his woman-loving brother, Paris, has subjected the Trojan people. Hector is not a god – he is mortal, and he behaves as one. He has doubts, he fears, he is an angry man, he grieves, he loves his wife and child and hates to leave them, but he is an upstanding citizen with a duty to perform. He overcomes his cowardice, the temptations of the beauteous Helen, and the false honors of warfare to rise above it all as a savior of men, a demi-god, whose main goals are honor and patriotism. It is in the tragic tradition of mankind’s legacy that the noble Hector falls fatal prey to the rage of Achilles, a man whose own destiny drives him to extremes. As we all know, Achilles’ heel was his point of vulnerability – yes, he kills Hector, but Achilles will always be the “heel”, while Hector will always be the “hero”. To this day, Hector is honored in his fatherland: the motto of the Greek Armed Forces is that of Hector’s avowal” “One omen is best: defending the fatherland”.

  • Popular Songs on Hector

    Popular Songs on Hector

    Hector - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Hector.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Hector

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Hector

    Happy Hector: A Tilly and Friends Books (Polly Dunbar) - Meet Tilly and her friends! From the celebrated Polly Dunbar comes the second in a series of humorous stories about a lovable group of pals. Hector the pig is very happy sitting on Tilly's lap, until Tiptoe, Pru, Tumpty, and Doodle squish their way in and spoil it. But Tilly knows how to show her friend Hector how special he is — by painting a picture just for him. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Hector Afloat (Elizabeth Shreeve) - One night Hector falls asleep to the sound of rain rat-a-tat-tatting on the roof of his wumblebug hole. And even though the rain has been coming down for days, Hector is not worried. He's safe and snug. But then Hector wakes up to discover his hole is filling up with water fast! Hector is swept out of his home, along with all of his belongings. The next morning he sets off in search of a new place to live. And though Hector is sad to lose his old hole, he soon discovers what makes a hole a home. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Hector and the Noisy Neighbor (David Gavril) - Hector loves peace and quiet, but his new neighbor, Rutherford, is always loud. Rutherford lifts weights in his apartment, plays the trombone, and moves his furniture at all hours. Hector doesn’t want to be rude, but he feels like screaming! How can he tell Rutherford to quiet down without hurting his feelings? With charming characters and plenty of visual humor, David Gavril’s witty story reminds us that when dealing with a noisy neighbor, honesty is always the best policy. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Hector Finds a Fortune (Elizabeth Shreeve) - Hector Fuller is one lucky wumblebug. His uncle Baxter wants Hector to take over his bee farm. Hector will be rich and he'll have all the honey he can eat! There's only one problem: Hector doesn't like bees. All that buzzing gives Hector a headache. Besides, Hector's not sure he wants to leave his home and all his friends. Maybe having all that honey isn't what Hector wants after all. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Hector on Thin Ice (Elizabeth Shreeve) - In order for Hector to throw his annual winter party, he has to expand his hole to fit all his guests--but a giant pebble is standing in the way. And he's really got to move it when his brother Cosmo--and all of Cosmo's wumblepups--move in for the winter! Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Hector Protector and As I Went Over the Water: Two Nursery Rhymes (Maurice Sendak) - Hector Protector and As I Went Over the Water: Two Nursery Rhymes (1965) by Sendak conveys as much plot through the artist's wordless spreads as with the minimal text. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Hector Springs Loose (Elizabeth Shreeve) - Hector Fuller is a wumblebug. A more likeable bug you'll never find. But you'll also never find a wumblebug anywhere other than the pages of a book -- this book, to be exact. One morning Hector Fuller is playing the piano in his wumblebug hole, as content as a bug can be when his home is taken over by a hopping flea circus! Fleas are everywhere, hanging from the ceiling and bouncing off the walls. To make matters worse, Hector's allergic to fleas -- all six of his legs are itching like crazy! There's only one thing for poor Hector to do: He'll have to find a new home. On his search, Hector meets new creatures and sees amazing sights, but will he ever find a home as perfect as his snug little hole? Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Hector Visits His Country Cousin (Jane Scoggins Bauld) - Hector, the Mexican free-tailed bat, is off on his third adventure-this time to Bracken Cave to visit Cousin Harvey. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Hector's Hiccups (Lee Wardlaw) - Hic-hic! Hector has a major case of the hiccups! His brother and sister are determined to help him, but nothing seems to work. So the search is on for a super-duper cure! Kids will love finding out if poor Hector is ever able to get rid of his hiccups in this hilarious Step into Reading issue. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Helping Hector (Golden Books) - Planning for a fun-filled day at the beach, Hector is unable to find any of his special possessions, and young readers are encouraged to lift flaps and turn interactive wheels to locate a sand bucket, a missing shoe, and ice-cream money. Recommended for ages baby to preschool.

  • Famous People Named Hector

    Famous People Named Hector

    Famous People Named Hector - Héctor Guerrero (wrestler); Héctor Camacho (boxer); Héctor Cruz (baseball player); Héctor Trujillo (former president of Dominican Republic); Héctor García Molina (computer scientist); Hector de Maris (knight of the Round Table); Héctor Almonte (baseball player); Hector Marinaro (indoor soccer player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Hector

    Children of Famous People Named Hector

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Hector - Tico Torres (musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Hector - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Hector - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Hector.

Personality of the Boy Name Hector

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Hector

  • No Variations Found.
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