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In the United States "heck" is slang for the curse word "Hell." It would not be culturally accepted as a first name.
breakofday  12/22/2005
Heck Tate is the sheriff of Maycomb, Scout Finch's hometown, in Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird.
WeloveyouJesseLacey  3/31/2006
In the US it probably wouldn't be legal to use the name "Heck" by itself. Hector, on the other hand, isn't a bad name.
― Anonymous User  4/18/2006
Whoever commented about the possibility of it not being of it not being legal to name your child Heck in the US obviously doesn't know very much about the laws. Unlike many other countries, you may name your kid (more or less) whatever you want in the US. You can make a name up. You can have them only have a first name with no last name. You can even have it so that your kid has no name. Personally though, I wouldn't name my son Heck because so many people use it to mean hell. It would be like naming your kid Gosh, except that there would be a much less positive thing behind it. The kid would be teased.
writing the world  4/14/2007
It should go without saying that if a guy is named Hector, he's better off going by Hector. Why would any sane person want to go by the nickname Heck? He'd surely get quite a few ''What the Heck'' and ''one Heck of a'' jokes. It sounds quite silly even if you ignore the usage of the silly little euphemism that I'm also guilty of using, though.
slight night shiver  6/1/2008
I think this is dumb, since it's a euphemism for hell.
bananarama  8/1/2008
Gosh dang it to heck, don't name your kid this! I'll have to add it to my collection of unintentionally funny names. Really, without its use as a substitute for hell, it still sounds ugly. I wouldn't use this if you paid me.
Wilted  3/15/2009
It's not a "dumb name", really. It's obvious that nobody named their child after hell, Heck was a diminutive of Hector. This name was probably being used long before "Heck" became a euphemism for "hell", or else nobody would have been called it. Now that's pretty obvious stuff. Just because it's not an acceptable name today, doesn't mean it couldn't have been used two hundred years ago.
― Anonymous User  4/1/2009
Heck?! You've got to be joking! It just gets crazier.
starz26  5/31/2010
Rarely, if ever, used in Scotland today because of the slang.
Ambiversion  6/21/2015

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