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Scripts‘Εκτωρ Ancient Greek
PronouncedPron.HEK-tər English
EK-TAWR French

Meaning & History

Latinized form of Greek ‘Εκτωρ (Hektor), which was derived from ‘εκτωρ (hektor) "holding fast", ultimately from εχω (echo) meaning "to hold, to possess". In Greek legend Hector was one of the Trojan champions who fought against the Greeks. After he killed Achilles' friend Patroclus in battle, he was himself brutally slain by Achilles, who proceeded to tie his dead body to a chariot and drag it about. This name also appears in Arthurian legends belonging to King Arthur's foster father.

Hector has occasionally been used as a given name since the Middle Ages, probably because of the noble character of the classical hero. It was historically common in Scotland, where it was used as an Anglicized form of Eachann.
VariantHektor Greek Mythology
Other Languages & CulturesHèctor Catalan Ettore Italian Heitor Portuguese Heck, Heckie Scottish Héctor Spanish
Same SpellingHéctor, Hèctor


The Death of Hector by Peter Paul Rubens (1635)The Death of Hector by Peter Paul Rubens (1635)


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Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute