Name borne in classical legend by the Trojan champion who was killed by the Greek Achilles. His name (Greek Hektōr) is probably an agent derivative of Greek ekhein ‘to restrain’. It was never popular in England, but there are occasional examples from the Middle Ages. In Scotland it was used as a classicized form of the Gaelic personal name Eachann, which is composed of each ‘horse’ + donn ‘brown’. It has been moderately popular in the United States since the 1940s.