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Hercules


Gender: Masculine
Language
: English
Etymology:
Hercules is the Latinate form of the Greek name Herakles, meaning “Hera’s Glory.” Hera was the wife of Zeus, king of the Greek gods.

History:
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.


Pronunciation: hurr-cyoo-lees.

Alternates:
French: Hercule.
Greek: Herakles.
Italian: Ercole.
Welsh: Ercwlff.

Famous Bearers:
Artists and Authors:
Hercules Seghers
(1590-1638)
Dutch painter.

Fictional Characters:
Hercule Poirot
An eccentric, Belgian detective, star of many novels by Agatha Christie.

Miscellaneous
:
Hercules (Herakles)
Most popular of the Greek mythological heroes.

Political Figures:
André Hercule de Fleury (1653-1743)
French statesman.

Popularity:
Percentage from the 1990 U.S. Census:
less than 0.004 % named Hercules

Popularity of Hercules
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Popularity (for newborns)
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In the United States...
1900-2000: N/A



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