Hector

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since 1880
Last Name
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Hector

"Hector" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "Anchor, steadfast". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Hec"tor
A bully; a blustering, turbulent, insolent, fellow; one who vexes or provokes.

Etymology: From the Trojan warrior Hector, the son of Priam

verb Hec"tor
To treat with insolence; to threaten; to bully; hence, to torment by words; to tease; to taunt; to worry or irritate by bullying.
verb Hec"tor
To play the bully; to bluster; to be turbulent or insolent.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (Greek mythology) a mythical Trojan who was killed by Achilles during the Trojan War
  2. Be bossy towards
Wiktionary

From Ancient Greek Ἕκτωρ (Héktōr), possibly from ἔχω (ékhō, “restrain”).

  1. (Greek mythology) A Trojan hero in Iliad.
  2. A male given name

Hector was also found in the following language(s): French

Notable Persons Named Hector

Héctor Bellerín is a soccer player for the Arsenal F.C., FC Barcelona, Arsenal F.C. Academy, Watford F.C., Spain national under-16 football team, Spain national under-17 football team, and Spain national under-19 football team. Héctor was born on March 19th, 1995 in Barcelona, Spain. Héctor is also known as Bellerín Moruno and Héctor.

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Héctor Elizondo is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1963. Héctor was born on December 22nd, 1936 in New York City. Héctor is also known as Hector Elizondo.

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Hector was born on February 2nd, 1978 in Matanzas, Cuba.

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Hector Hugh Munro was a writer. Hector was born on December 18th, 1870 in Sittwe. He left this life on November 14th, 1916.

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Héctor Camacho was a boxer. Héctor was born on May 24th, 1962 in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. He left this life on November 24th, 2012.

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Héctor Cúper is a soccer player for the Egypt national football team, Club Ferro Carril Oeste, Independiente Rivadavia, Club Atlético Huracán, and Argentina national football team. Héctor was born on November 16th, 1955 in Chabás, Santa Fe, Argentina.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Hector

Jonas Hector is a soccer player for the FC Köln, SV Auersmacher, and Germany national football team. Jonas was born on May 27th, 1990 in Saarbrücken.

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Jamie Hector is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1997 to 1997. Jamie was born on October 7th, 1975 in Brooklyn.

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Michael Malik Hector is a soccer player for the Reading F.C., Chelsea F.C., Millwall F.C., Thurrock F.C., Bracknell Town F.C., Didcot Town F.C., Havant & Waterlooville F.C., Oxford City F.C., Horsham F.C., Dundalk F.C., Barnet F.C., Shrewsbury Town F.C., Aldershot Town F.C., Cheltenham Town F.C., and Aberd. Michael was born on July 19th, 1992 in East Ham, Nemos team.

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Wayne Hector is a pop and contemporary r&b musician.

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comte d'Estaing Charles Hector is a military person.

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Héctor is a soccer player for the Real Sociedad, Real Zaragoza, Deportivo Aragón, and Real Sociedad B. Héctor was born on May 23rd, 1991 in Valladolid, Spain.

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How popular is the baby name Hector in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 15 0 15
1881 6 0 6
1882 6 0 6
1883 10 0 10
1884 11 0 11
1885 9 0 9
1886 6 0 6
1887 7 0 7
1888 18 0 18
1889 7 0 7
1890 6 0 6
1891 13 0 13
1892 15 0 15
1893 6 0 6
1894 8 0 8
1895 7 0 7
1896 12 0 12
1897 14 0 14
1898 10 0 10
1899 12 0 12
1900 19 0 19
1901 5 0 5
1903 11 0 11
1904 17 0 17
1905 12 0 12
1906 12 0 12
1907 16 0 16
1908 15 0 15
1909 18 0 18
1910 18 0 18
1911 35 0 35
1912 51 0 51
1913 51 0 51
1914 58 0 58
1915 108 0 108
1916 91 0 91
1917 85 0 85
1918 90 0 90
1919 107 0 107
1920 119 0 119
1921 130 0 130
1922 123 0 123
1923 127 0 127
1924 139 0 139
1925 139 0 139
1926 145 0 145
1927 182 0 182
1928 186 0 186
1929 193 0 193
1930 197 0 197
1931 189 0 189
1932 172 0 172
1933 198 0 198
1934 186 0 186
1935 180 5 175
1936 166 0 166
1937 155 0 155
1938 183 0 183
1939 172 0 172
1940 193 0 193
1941 178 0 178
1942 193 0 193
1943 240 0 240
1944 241 0 241
1945 258 0 258
1946 301 0 301
1947 333 0 333
1948 422 0 422
1949 467 0 467
1950 473 0 473
1951 595 5 590
1952 598 0 598
1953 628 0 628
1954 651 5 646
1955 794 0 794
1956 799 0 799
1957 813 5 808
1958 845 0 845
1959 919 8 911
1960 875 0 875
1961 899 6 893
1962 932 7 925
1963 970 10 960
1964 950 8 942
1965 976 7 969
1966 936 0 936
1967 941 7 934
1968 1,046 9 1,037
1969 1,137 6 1,131
1970 1,138 11 1,127
1971 1,185 9 1,176
1972 1,129 14 1,115
1973 1,202 8 1,194
1974 1,233 18 1,215
1975 1,262 14 1,248
1976 1,265 11 1,254
1977 1,151 8 1,143
1978 1,256 14 1,242
1979 1,438 16 1,422
1980 1,469 21 1,448
1981 1,413 6 1,407
1982 1,540 13 1,527
1983 1,382 13 1,369
1984 1,348 16 1,332
1985 1,505 14 1,491
1986 1,492 18 1,474
1987 1,608 19 1,589
1988 1,673 18 1,655
1989 1,815 11 1,804
1990 1,998 12 1,986
1991 2,053 16 2,037
1992 2,028 13 2,015
1993 2,050 18 2,032
1994 1,989 17 1,972
1995 1,888 11 1,877
1996 1,976 12 1,964
1997 1,871 0 1,871
1998 1,814 0 1,814
1999 1,918 5 1,913
2000 1,979 0 1,979
2001 1,909 5 1,904
2002 1,941 0 1,941
2003 1,997 0 1,997
2004 2,006 5 2,001
2005 2,458 0 2,458
2006 2,327 0 2,327
2007 2,239 0 2,239
2008 2,183 7 2,176
2009 1,843 0 1,843
2010 1,562 0 1,562
2011 1,413 0 1,413
2012 1,323 0 1,323
2013 1,256 0 1,256
2014 1,213 0 1,213
2015 1,191 0 1,191
2016 1,094 0 1,094

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Popularity of Hector as a first name

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Popularity of Hector as a last name

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Common last names for Hector

  • Rodriguez
  • Gonzalez
  • Rivera
  • Garcia
  • Martinez
  • Hernandez
  • Perez
  • Torres
  • Sanchez
  • Lopez
  • Diaz
  • Santiago
  • Ortiz
  • Ramos
  • Morales
  • Ramirez
  • Cruz
  • Flores
  • Maldonado

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Hector U.S.
  White 39.23% 64.26%
  African American 47.39% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.64% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.27% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.62% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 9.85% 16.26%

Of Last Name Hector

People with the last name Hector are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Hector

  • How Popular is the name Hector? Hector is the 636th most popular name of all time. As a last name Hector was the 7,572nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Hector have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 100,924 babies born with the first name Hector in the United States. That's more than enough people named Hector to occupy the territory of Jersey (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 97,857 (as of March 27, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Hector? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 15 new born babies.
  • When was Hector first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Hector is Sunday, April 17th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Hector born? The highest recorded use of the first name Hector was in 2005 with a total of 2,458 babies. That's a lot of babies named Hector!
  • Random Hector Factoid: According to the 1985 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Hector ranks 77th in popularity as a baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, 589 babies in California have the same name as you in 1985.
  • Weird things about the name Hector: Your name in reverse order is Rotceh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tercho. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Hector? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,387 people with the last name Hector.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Hector? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Hector as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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