GENDER: Masculine
OTHER SCRIPTS: ‘Ηρακλης (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: HE-RA-KLES (Classical Greek), HER-ə-kleez (English)  [details]

Meaning & History

Means "glory of Hera" from the name of the goddess HERA combined with Greek κλεος (kleos) "glory". This was the name of a hero in Greek and Roman mythology, the son of Zeus and the mortal woman Alcmene. After being driven insane by Hera and killing his own children, Herakles completed twelve labours in order to atone for his crime and become immortal.
VARIANT: Heracles
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Heraclius, Herakleios (Ancient Greek), Hercule (French), Erekle, Irakli (Georgian), Iraklis (Greek), Ercole (Italian), Hercules (Roman Mythology), Irakliy (Russian), Heraclio (Spanish), Ercwlff (Welsh)


children of Zeus, Greek mythology, heroes, mythology
Entry updated December 8, 2017