Gender: Masculine
Origin: Greek
Meaning: “to have; to hold.”
Eng (HEK-ter); Sp (EK-tor)

The name is found in Greek mythology as the name of the son of Priam and Hecuba, a Trojan prince and a renowned warrior of Troy. After slaying Patroclus, Achilles murdered Hector and then dragged his body from his chariot for days.

In Ancient Greece and even in Medieval Europe, Hector was considered one of the greatest warriors to have ever lived. The Greek Armed Forces attribute their motto to him:

 “One omen is best: defending the fatherland”

The name is believed to be derived from the Greek verb ékhein meaning “to have, to hold.” In Aeolic poetry, Ékhtor was used as an epithet for Zeus, implying that he is the holder of all things.

The name is also found in Arthurian legend as the name of the foster father of King Arthur.

The name was fairly common in Europe during the Middle Ages, and among the Scottish Highlanders, it was traditionally used as an anglicized form of Eachann.

The name is currently very popular in Spanish-speaking countries, in Spain, he was the 31st most popular male name, (2010). His rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 38 (Catalonia, 2010)
  • # 79 (Chile, 2010)
  • # 226 (United States, 2010)
  • # 317 (France, 2009)

Other forms of the name include:

  • Etor (Basque)
  • Hektor Хектор (Bulgarian/Croatian/Dutch/Finnish/German/Hungarian/Polish/Scandinavian/Serbian/Slovene)
  • Hèctor (Catalan)
  • Hektór (Czech)
  • Hector (English/French/Latin/Romanian)
  • Hekhtori ჰექტორი (Georgian)
  • Hector (German)
  • Héktôr Ἕκτωρ (Greek: modern)
  • Eachtar (Irish)
  • Ettore (Italian/Maltese)
  • Hektors (Latvian)
  • Hektoras (Lithuanian)
  • Ektor (Polish)
  • Jaktor (Polish)
  • Jektor (Polish)
  • Heitor (Portuguese)
  • Gektor Гектор (Russian/Ukrainian)
  • Héctor (Spanish)
A popular Scots pet form is Heckie and an obscure Scottish feminine form is Hectorina. Italian female form is Ettorina.
Polish diminutive forms are Jaktorek and Jaktorko.

2 thoughts on “Hector

  1. I wish you had references here, my friend! All this information seems accurate and consistent with other entries I have been finding on other sites, but it is so cleanly presented here, thank you! My wife and I will be welcoming our son, Hector, to the world very shortly and this helps give us a look into the wider world of his name and it’s relevance to our Polish and Mexican backgrounds. Peace!

    • Thank you. I used to include sources, but I included a source way back and I was blocked from posting. Apparently one had infected my blog with a virus.

      That said, you can go to Polish wiki and type in (Hektor, imie) and it will give you sources and more info on the name’s usage in Poland.

      I just saw two baby boys named Hektor in the Gdanks Birth Announcements this week 🙂

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