Gender Masculine
Scripts Ἡρακλῆς(Ancient Greek)
Pronounced Pron. HEH-RA-KLEHS(Classical Greek) HEHR-ə-kleez(English)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

Means "glory of Hera" from the name of the goddess Hera combined with Greek κλέος (kleos) meaning "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.

Related Names

Other Languages & CulturesHercule(French) Irakli(Georgian) Iraklis(Greek) Ercole(Italian) Hercules(Roman Mythology) Ercwlff(Welsh)

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Entry updated May 29, 2020