Hector Family History

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Hector Name Meaning

Scottish: Anglicized form of the Gaelic personal name Eachann (earlier Eachdonn, already confused with Norse Haakon), composed of the elements each ‘horse’ + donn ‘brown’. English: found in Yorkshire and Scotland, where it may derive directly from the medieval personal name. According to medieval legend, Britain derived its name from being founded by Brutus, a Trojan exile, and Hector was occasionally chosen as a personal name, as it was the name of the Trojan king’s eldest son. The classical Greek name, Hektor, is probably an agent derivative of Greek ekhein ‘to hold back’, ‘hold in check’, hence ‘protector of the city’. German, French, and Dutch: from the personal name (see 2 above). In medieval Germany, this was a fairly popular personal name among the nobility, derived from classical literature. It is a comparatively rare surname in France.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Hoctor, Nestor, Elton, Victor, Rector, Doctor, Factor, Heuton, Yelton

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Hector Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Hector name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Hector. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • Germanic Europe


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Hector Family Origin

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Hector Family Occupations

What did your Hector ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hector. A less common occupation for the Hector family was Blacksmith. The most common Hector occupation in the USA was Farmer. 21% of Hector's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Blacksmith


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Hector Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 31,000 census records available for the last name Hector. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hector census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Hector. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Hector. For the veterans among your Hector ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hector Life Expectancy

What is the average Hector lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Hector life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Hector in 1946 was 36, and 70 in 2004.

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