US Popularity:706
Meaning:Steadfast, to hold
Hector is a boy’s name of Greek origin. From the original spelling “Hektor,” the title means “steadfast” or "to hold". In Greek mythology, Hector was a hero of the Trojan War revered for his bravery and honor; it was also the name of the knight who raised King Arthur. With this mighty background to his name, Hector will be ready to take on any of life’s battles. In modern times, Hector is one of the most popular boys' names in Spanish-speaking communities. Someone who knows how to hold fast, at least when it comes to baseballs, is Héctor Sánchez, a catcher for the San Diego Padres.

Famous People Named Hector

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  • Hector Berlioz
  • Hector Elizondo
  • Hector Herrera
    Soccer Player
  • Hector Rodriquez
    Baseball Player
  • Hector Santiago
    Baseball Player

Hector Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Hector is currently #1325 on The Bump
Boy:Hector is currently #364 on The Bump Boy Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Hector is currently #706 in U.S. births
Boy:Hector is currently #240 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2022
+ 17
from 2021
In comparison to the previous year's data
  • Baby Names 2020 by Eleanor Turner, pg. 112

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