Magnus or Hector?

(41 Posts)
pygmy Sun 12-May-13 17:14:35

Found out we're having a boy. Pretty sure he will be either Hector or Magnus. Which one??

Bowlersarm Sun 12-May-13 17:16:07


marilynmonroe Sun 12-May-13 17:19:37

Hector. My son is one and I get lots of compliments about his name. Also it's a strong solid name. Ewually I like Magnus too.

farmersdaughter Sun 12-May-13 17:59:23

{swoon} tall, dark and a fabulous kisser, god to be 20 again grin
sorry DH sorry I digress blush

I'd pick Hector as I think Magnus could be harder to pull off. Utterly fabulous name through.

JollyOrangeGiant Sun 12-May-13 18:10:19


Hectoring someone is not nice and the name always reminds me of that.

Decoy Sun 12-May-13 18:29:33


LondonInHighHeeledBoots Sun 12-May-13 18:34:53

Of the two, Hector. I love Magnus too but its a bit of a 'big' name iyswim. Demands an awful lot.

shoobidoo Sun 12-May-13 18:36:18

The meaning of hector (bully!) puts me off! I much prefer Magnus!

Secondme Sun 12-May-13 18:38:09

Love both but I think I like Hector best because Magnus seems very 'big' like London says.

sleepingbeautiful Sun 12-May-13 18:49:27

If you live (or have any chance of ever living) in a place that drops their H's, then pick Magnus. Otherwise Hector will be known as Ectah.



But I have VERY fond memories of a there can't of been that many handsome Magnus's about!!

MorphandChas Sun 12-May-13 20:44:04

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WidowWadman Sun 12-May-13 20:54:11

I went to uni with a Magnus. Nice name.

AvrilPoisson Sun 12-May-13 21:13:03

I love them both!

I don't like what happened to Hector though sad

NatashaBee Sun 12-May-13 21:13:56

The meaning of 'hectoring' someone would put me off that one. Magnus wouldn't be my choice but I do like the fact that it sounds similar to 'magnificent'

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Sun 12-May-13 21:15:41

I love them both, they're both good strong names.

My ds's middle name is Hector smile

weebarra Sun 12-May-13 21:16:35

Love Magnus.

olivertheoctopus Sun 12-May-13 21:56:37

Oh weird, I just came on to post a 'Magnus or ....' thread. Hector was on our list until I realised I couldn't tolerate the IL's H dropping to Ectah which made me think of ectoplasm! The verb wouldn't bother me at all.

jimmythecroc Sun 12-May-13 21:58:06

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Wuldric Sun 12-May-13 22:00:10

Both gorgeous names - personally I would go with Hector. Presumably both will go with the surname? I mean if your surname was House or something I'd go with Magnus. Similarly if your surname was Magnusson, I'd go with Hector.

Wuldric Sun 12-May-13 22:02:19

Incidentally, the name Hector does not mean to bully. That is incorrect.

You can google for the origin of the name, but I suspect you are confusing it with the verb 'to hector'. Which doesn't mean bullying either!!!

Cockadoodlequack Sun 12-May-13 22:05:21

Where do you live?

A vote for Hector from me though. I can imagine a man, bu tnot necessarily a child pulling off MAgnus.

congratulations on the impending arrival of Magnus/Hector!

jimmythecroc Sun 12-May-13 22:08:00

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miffybun73 Sun 12-May-13 22:10:18

I agree with jimmythecroc

exoticfruits Sun 12-May-13 22:17:37

I don't like either, but anything has to be better than Hector.

WouldBeHarrietVane Sun 12-May-13 22:17:56

Love hector

AvrilPoisson Sun 12-May-13 22:20:32

jimmy- maybe she lives in Scotland? Magnus perfectly normal name!

Allalonenow Sun 12-May-13 22:22:20


Hector is just not in the same league.

Wallison Sun 12-May-13 22:25:52

Hector is lovely. And as well as being proper Scottish is very popular in S American countries, which to my mind makes it exotic as well - it calls to mind a good strong tradition.

forgetmenots Sun 12-May-13 23:09:36

I'm in Scotland and I think Magnus by a distance, especially if you've any orcadian heritage smile never been keen on Hector, only because I think of the verb.

Magnus (and Angus, and Fergus!) was on my list for dc1.

runningforme Sun 12-May-13 23:15:55

I agree with Jimmythecroc and exoticfruits. Just NO.

Manoodledo Sun 12-May-13 23:17:03

I have a Magnus. We are in Scotland. Reception was slightly mixed, but I'm not sure Hector would have been any better received.

gallicgirl Sun 12-May-13 23:20:49

Magnus, number 1 on my list if I ever have a boy and I'm brave enough.

Suzieismyname Sun 12-May-13 23:28:59


emmyloo2 Sun 12-May-13 23:39:48

both fabulous and I would consider both if this baby was a boy. I think I would give the edge to Hector...

NoRoomForMeInMyBed Mon 13-May-13 21:02:55

Magnus! Its a lovely strong name!

squoosh Tue 14-May-13 13:47:25

Magnus, definitely. Such a manly name!

Hector is just awful.

I would consider a Magnus to be the polar opposite of a Hector in looks and personality.

evamummy Tue 14-May-13 14:30:27

The meaning of hector (bully, tormentor) would put me off. Also the verb to hector isn't nice. Lastly, the lack of nice nicknames...

Magnus is much nicer or how about Marius?

GoodbyePorkPie Tue 14-May-13 16:39:04

Hector. I have never heard anyone under 70 use 'hector' as a verb.

Catlike Tue 14-May-13 16:50:08

Neither. Sorry.

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