Hector Family History
Hector Name Meaning
English German French Haitian Swedish and Dutch: from the personal name Hector the name of the Trojan hero in Homer's Iliad perhaps ‘the restrainer’ an agent derivative of Greek echein ‘to restrain’. This was brought to England via French. According to medieval legend Britain derived its name from being founded by Brutus a Trojan exile and Hector was thus occasionally chosen as a personal name. In medieval Germany this was a fairly popular personal name among the nobility derived from classical literature. Scottish: from the personal name Hector adopted for the Gaelic personal name Eachann (earlier Eachdonn composed of the elements each ‘horse’ + donn ‘brown’). This was confused from an early date with the Scandinavian name Haakon.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022