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Hercules is the Latinate form of the Greek name Herakles, meaning Heras Glory. Hera was the wife of Zeus, king of the Greek gods.
Hercules is a name from Greek mythology. Hercules (as Ercole) was revived in Italy during the Renaissance, though it never became common. From Italy, the name passed to France (as Hercule) and then to England.
In England, Hercules remained a rare name, through it was rather more common in France.
Artists and Authors:
Hercules Seghers (1590-1638)
An eccentric, Belgian detective, star of many novels by Agatha Christie.
Most popular of the Greek mythological heroes.
André Hercule de Fleury (1653-1743)
Percentage from the 1990 U.S. Census:
less than 0.004 % named Hercules
Popularity of Hercules:
Popularity (for newborns):
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