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Origin and Meaning of Hero

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  • A submission from Philippines says the name Hero means "Worth it".
  • A submission from California, United States says the name Hero means "Champion, victorious" and is of English origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun He"ro
  1. [Myth] An illustrious man, supposed to be exalted, after death, to a place among the gods; a demigod, as Hercules.
  2. A man of distinguished valor or enterprise in danger, or fortitude in suffering; a prominent or central personage in any remarkable action or event; hence, a great or illustrious person."Each man is a hero and oracle to somebody." [Emerson.]
  3. The principal personage in a poem, story, and the like, or the person who has the principal share in the transactions related; as Achilles in the Iliad, Ulysses in the Odyssey, and Æneas in the Æneid."The shining quality of an epic hero." [Dryden.]" Hero worship exists, has existed, and will forever exist, universally among mankind." [Carlyle.]

Etymology: F. héros, L. heros, Gr. �

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  1. The principal character in a play or movie or novel or poem
  2. A large sandwich made of a long crusty roll split lengthwise and filled with meats and cheese (and tomato and onion and lettuce and condiments); different names are used in different sections of the United States
  3. (Greek mythology) priestess of Aphrodite who killed herself when her lover Leander drowned while trying to swim the Hellespont to see her
  4. Someone who fights for a cause
  5. (classical mythology) a being of great strength and courage celebrated for bold exploits; often the offspring of a mortal and a god
  6. A man distinguished by exceptional courage and nobility and strength ("RAF pilots were the heroes of the Battle of Britain")
  7. Greek mathematician and inventor who devised a way to determine the area of a triangle and who described various mechanical devices (first century)

From Old French heroes, from Latin hērōs (“hero”), from Ancient Greek ἥρως (hḗrōs, “demi-god, hero”), from Proto-Indo-European *ser- (“to watch over, protect”). Related to Latin servo (“protect”). Replaced Old English hæleþ.

  1. Somebody who possesses great bravery and carries out extraordinary deeds.
  2. A role model.
  3. The main protagonist in a work of fiction.
  4. (poker) The current player, especially an hypothetical player for example and didactic purposes. Compare: villain (“any opponent player”). Not to be confused with hero call (“a weak call against a supposed bluff”).
    Let's discuss how to play if the has KK, and there's an ace on board.
  5. (US) A large sandwich made from meats and cheeses; a hero sandwich.
  6. (food styling, chiefly attributive) The product chosen from several candidates to be photographed.

hero was also found in the following language(s): Luo

Notable Persons Named Hero

Hero is a scientist in the field of mathematics.


Hero Fiennes-Tiffin is an actor. His ongoing career started in 2008. Hero was given the name Hero Beauregard Fiennes-Tiffin on November 6th, 1997 in London, England, UK.


Hero Angeles is an actor. He was most prominent from 2004 to present. Hero was given the name Hero Gervacio Angeles on December 8th, 1984 in Pasig.


Hero Ibrahim Ahmed is a First Lady of Iraq. Hero was born in 1948.


Hero Cruz is a comics character.


Hero Stoops Brinkman is a politician and police officer. Hero was born Hero Stoops Brinkman on December 29th, 1964 in Almelo.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Hero

Chris Hero is a wrestler. Chris was born on December 24th, 1979 in Dayton, Ohio.


Hero is a scientist in the field of mathematics.


Hyro Da Hero is a rap rock, hip hop music, post-hardcore, and punk rock musician / rapper and rapping. He was most prominent from 2007 to present. Hyro was given the name Hyron Fenton on July 18th, 1987 in Houston. Hyro is also known as Hyron Fenton.


Peter was born in 1942.


Little Hero is a reggae musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1992 to present. Little was given the name Paul Gayle in 1972 in Farm Town, Discovery Bay, St Ann, Jamaica. Little is also known as Paul Gayle.


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Popularity of Hero as a first name

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Popularity of Hero as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Hero U.S.
  White 77.34% 64.26%
  African American 5.44% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 4.83% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 6.95% 16.26%

Of Last Name Hero

People with the last name Hero are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Hero

  • How Popular is the name Hero? Hero is the 16,958th most popular name of all time. As a last name Hero was the 60,790th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Hero have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 467 babies born with the first name Hero in the United States. That's more than enough people named Hero to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Hero? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2000 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Hero first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Hero is Monday, November 1st, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Hero born? The highest recorded use of the first name Hero was in 2015 with a total of 57 babies.
  • Random Hero Factoid: According to the 2010 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Hero is not a popular baby boy's name in Minnesota. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Minnesota have the same name as you in 2010.
  • Weird things about the name Hero: Your name in reverse order is Oreh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eroh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Hero? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 331 people with the last name Hero.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Hero? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Hero as their last name since less than 1 person in 909k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.