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Hector Surname 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

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

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Where is the Hector family from?

You can see how Hector families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hector family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hector families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 88 Hector families living in Somerset. This was about 24% of all the recorded Hector's in United Kingdom. Somerset had the highest population of Hector families in 1891.
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What did your Hector ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Old Age Pensioner and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Hector. 12% of Hector men worked as an Old Age Pensioner and 76% of Hector women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hector were Farm Carter and Unpaid Domestic Duti. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • Old Age Pensioner
  • General Labourer
  • Carpenter
  • Farm Carter

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Incapacitated
  • Unpaid Domestic Duti
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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

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Draft Cards

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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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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