Hector or Edgar?

(56 Posts)
pygmy Tue 11-Jun-13 09:46:12

My partner favours Edgar and I favour Hector. We both would tolerate each others' choice.

I can't decide which to go for; really worried about getting it wrong and having regrets.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Tue 11-Jun-13 11:19:54

Edgar definitely for me. It's an elegant name whilst still being non fussy. Hector sounds a bit dorky to me.

KateCroydon Tue 11-Jun-13 11:21:05


littlepeas Tue 11-Jun-13 11:21:38

Hector is awesome! It is my hypothetical 3rd boy's name! Not so keen on Edgar. Hero if Troy vs slightly boring bloke in King Lear - no contest!

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Tue 11-Jun-13 11:35:27

Hector that's what I think of when I hear Hector! I know that's because I'm 40 but still.

squoosh Tue 11-Jun-13 11:37:29

Not crazy about either but at a push I'd pick Edgar.

Hector is beyond awful.

MyThumbsHaveGoneWeird Tue 11-Jun-13 11:43:33

I like them both <not helpful>

Elquota Tue 11-Jun-13 11:54:13


sonlypuppyfat Tue 11-Jun-13 12:02:03

Sorry both awful, yes I thought of Hectors House too. It's funny when I was at school there was an Arthur in my class his life was made a misery for having such an old fashioned name now people are choising such names!

smable Tue 11-Jun-13 12:05:50

Edgar for me as it shortens to Ed which gives your son an option to go by a more accepted name when he's older if he finds your choice is not to his taste.

bananaramma Tue 11-Jun-13 12:31:52

Hector is awful. It means bully/tormentor - not a great meaning - and the nickname would be Heck?!

Edgar is ok but it wouldn't be my choice, sorry.

pygmy Tue 11-Jun-13 12:55:36

Hector means 'defend' 'hold fast'. If you're referring to the rarely used verb hector, then that means pester. As does harry.

bananaramma Tue 11-Jun-13 13:21:13

OP, why are you asking our opinions if you're not keen to hear my thoughts on the name Hector. I do think 'bully, tormentor' when I hear hector, but feel free to ignore me, of course.

littlepeas Tue 11-Jun-13 16:00:55

I'm surprised by the reaction to Hector, as I think it is cool and making a comeback. As I said above, my immediate association is Troy - an underused, classic name with a bit of an edge.

Bowlersarm Tue 11-Jun-13 16:03:27

Hector-definitely. Great name.

noddyholder Tue 11-Jun-13 16:05:01

Love Edgar (its my middle name!)

TheYamiOfYawn Tue 11-Jun-13 16:05:31

Hector, definitely. Hector are cute when little and sexy and heroic when grown-up.

Catbert4pm Tue 11-Jun-13 16:06:50

"I'm a silly old Hector!" smile

notanaxemurderer Tue 11-Jun-13 16:07:34

Hector is fantastic. I know a little Hector.

No one these days uses 'hector' as a verb, other than my 87 year old grandfather.

samuelwhiskers Tue 11-Jun-13 16:08:13

Hector, definitely!

Joskar Tue 11-Jun-13 16:43:52

Hector. Definitely.

pygmy Tue 11-Jun-13 20:54:48

Thanks for your comments. Any more?

MrsBungle Tue 11-Jun-13 20:56:43

Edgar. I find hector very drippy .

miffybun73 Tue 11-Jun-13 21:04:05

Hector definitely.

I actually find Edgar very effete, drippy sounding.

After reading MrsBungle's post it just shows how names and our reaction to them are a very personal thing and you are best just going with what you like.

OhBuggerandArse Tue 11-Jun-13 21:04:50

I love Hector.

Alisvolatpropiis Tue 11-Jun-13 21:04:52


shoobidoo Tue 11-Jun-13 22:01:47

The meaning of Hector puts me off, as well as the lack of good nicknames. Edgar is quite cool actually - and I don't know any little Edgars (lots of Eds though).

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Tue 11-Jun-13 22:21:32

MrsBungle exactly! It' IS drippy. As I said...dorky. Edgar is strong...Hector sounds like "Flipping Hector!" or just a drip.

AgathaPinchBottom Tue 11-Jun-13 22:25:03

Love Hector not too keen on Edgar (though I like Edwin!)

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Tue 11-Jun-13 22:26:07

See Edwin sounds drippy too!

Edwin, Hector, George, all drippy.

Edgar, Harry, Joe...all strong.

Hazel1503 Tue 11-Jun-13 22:47:39

Hector is Awesome.
Not keen on Edgar

Gullygirl Wed 12-Jun-13 04:46:40


sleepywombat Wed 12-Jun-13 05:20:23

Funny, I know brothers called Hector and Edgar. They have another brother called Paris!

Out of the two, I think I prefer Hector.

MrRected Wed 12-Jun-13 05:34:18


badgeroncaffeine Wed 12-Jun-13 05:37:36


TwasBrillig Wed 12-Jun-13 06:10:50

I think both are awful but would probably grow to like them in real life.

sleepingbeautiful Wed 12-Jun-13 06:58:13

Hector is ok if you live somewhere than pronounces the letter H.

Edgar is an ugly sounding word.

MorphandChas Wed 12-Jun-13 14:00:28

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

poppydaisy Wed 12-Jun-13 14:12:13

I don't like the sound or meaning of Hector at all, sorry. Edgar sounds nicer and has nicer nickname options imo.

spatchcock Wed 12-Jun-13 14:45:04

Hector is brilliant. Also makes me think of Troy - Hector was a Trojan prince who led Troy against Greece.

No one, but no one, uses the verb 'hector' these days.

Edgar is a bit wet sounding, imo.

Rhubarbgarden Wed 12-Jun-13 16:35:42

I love Edgar. It was my second choice for ds. I don't like Hector at all.

Jellibotti Wed 12-Jun-13 16:45:32

Hector, without a doubt. Fab name.

pygmy Wed 12-Jun-13 17:06:11

Thanks guys; my heart is with Hector. Otto was an option but feel it's not serious enough.

MorphandChas Wed 12-Jun-13 17:43:15

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

pygmy Wed 12-Jun-13 18:18:04

Early October; and yes, I will let you know what we go for!

peanutsandwich Wed 12-Jun-13 19:04:17

Neither. They are both horrible. Neither of you should have to just 'tolerate' a name. Pick something else (and nicer) that you both love.

EuphemiaLennox Wed 12-Jun-13 19:11:23

Both are lovely.

Id probably go with Edgar so he can use Ed if he wants a more casual name.

Hector I find slightly hard to say for some reason.

SignoraStronza Wed 12-Jun-13 19:11:33

Edgar. Good Viking name. wink Shortens nicely to Eddie to sound more usual.

fussychica Wed 12-Jun-13 19:33:36

Neither. Be sure that you both love the name - it's a whole life thing not a fashion statement.

pygmy Wed 12-Jun-13 19:43:17

These are the only names we agree on. We'd both be happy with either.

spatchcock Wed 12-Jun-13 19:46:02

Not a fashion statement? Odd thing to say. They're names the OP likes, and they're hardly up there with Moon Unit or Dweezil.

pygmy Fri 14-Jun-13 08:37:42

I'm certainly not trying to make a fashion statement! Thanks again for all your comments.

HauntedArmchairOfDoom Fri 14-Jun-13 08:43:32

Hector all the way! Mighty Trojan warrior.

Edgar in King Lear was a right drip.

HauntedArmchairOfDoom Fri 14-Jun-13 08:45:46

And incidentally all names are strange/statementy when you just haven't heard them before and haven't read The Iliad

Victoria was made-up
Elizabeth was some insanely obscure Biblical name no-one used before Queenie

Etc. etc.

Do it OP!

Kikithecat Fri 14-Jun-13 08:48:43

Hector, obviously (see nickname).

lljkk Fri 14-Jun-13 13:03:15

Love Edgar, loathe Hector.

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