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piglet75 Mon 20-May-13 13:41:29

We have got down to 2 final names for DS who is now 3 days old. We are stuck between Ted (which would be his whole name, ie. not a shortening unless someone can think of a long version that doesn't start with "Ed") & Hector.

Really torn... which do people prefer?

Ihatepeas Mon 20-May-13 13:43:52


pygmy Mon 20-May-13 13:48:22

Hector!! Very high on my list for DS.


BNmum Mon 20-May-13 13:59:52

Both. I would have Theodore Hector nn Ted as I love both names. Congratulations on your new arrival,

Decoy Mon 20-May-13 14:21:23

If you're not going to have a longer version of Ted, then I'd definitely go for Hector.

KittenofDoom Mon 20-May-13 15:07:09

Theodore, no contest.

shoobidoo Mon 20-May-13 15:09:58

The meaning of hector is bully and to hector means to bully or torment someone. Not good. Also, would other kids shorten to Heck?!

Ted is cute for a little boy but how about Theodore as his full name?

chaya5738 Mon 20-May-13 15:22:36

shoobidoo Where do you get that the meaning of Hector is "bully"?

It is from Greek (one of the characters in the Iliad) and means "steadfast."

shoobidoo Mon 20-May-13 15:24:51

Look in any dictionary and the definition of hector is as follows:

hec·tor (hktr)
A bully.
v. hec·tored, hec·tor·ing, hec·tors
To intimidate or dominate in a blustering way.
To behave like a bully; swagger.

chaya5738 Mon 20-May-13 15:29:56

I think you are confusing verbs with proper nouns.

shoobidoo Mon 20-May-13 15:34:25

Look, I'm only trying to help the op in her decision. If she, like you, doesn't care about the meaning of the name, then that's ok.

There is no need for you to criticise my knowledge of grammar!

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Mon 20-May-13 15:40:11


I thought Hector as a name meant defend, hold fast. It is a great name, <dim memories of Hector's House many moons' ago>.

Theodore with Ted for short sounds smashing, Teddy is cute for a little boy. I have liked the name Ted since reading poetry by Ted Hughes at school, (his name was Edward). Theodore would also give your DS the option of Theo later on.

Does one name work better with your surname than the other?
Do you have other DCs with names ending in a vowel specifically -o?

Bowlersarm Mon 20-May-13 15:40:20

There is no one aged under about 90 who uses the word hector to mean bullying, shoobidoo. Do you use ' henceforth' and 'codpiece' too?

Hector, as you will only use Ted as the full name not nickname.

pygmy Mon 20-May-13 15:46:20

I have never heard anyone use the word hector. The name Hector does not mean bully, nor in fact does the verb; it means 'to be forceful'.

Bearcrumble Mon 20-May-13 15:47:42

Another vote for Theodore.

DebsMorgan Mon 20-May-13 17:07:17

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

evamummy Mon 20-May-13 17:43:10

If you type in 'hector meaning' in google, up comes the following definition:
hec·tor Verb
Talk to (someone) in a bullying way.

And yes, the word is indeed used in the news on a fairly regular basis - perhaps not in all newspapers. But here's a recent example:

I would personally not name my child this - there are so many other names with nice/neutral meanings!

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Mon 20-May-13 17:57:31

Personally if I met a baby and his mum said, here is Hector, would I see a very small person and say hello Hector or would I think uh-oh, to hector means bully or intimidate. I would think, oh haven't met anyone called that before.

I don't suppose it bothers parents of boys called Jonah that their sons bear a name of a really, really unlucky guy in the Bible.

Anyway, wouldn't do if we all liked the same, etc etc.

Amy106 Mon 20-May-13 18:10:09

Ted gets my vote. Congratulations on your new baby!

Bowlersarm Mon 20-May-13 18:15:45

For all those not liking the meaning of Hector.

Would you say the same of Harry? Which means to ravage, to destroy, to plunder, to harass. No? Thought not.

Flippin' ridiculous.

Ruprekt Mon 20-May-13 18:20:17

Who cares about the meaning? shockshock

Theodore as I love Theo and Ted is cute!

Am not sure Hector would want to be called Hector when he is 11. Have just asked my boys smile A vehement NO was the response!

pygmy Mon 20-May-13 18:23:44

Agree with Bowlersarm; great example used there.

Also Charlie - common nickname for cocaine!

pygmy Mon 20-May-13 18:25:07

I just asked my 11 and 8 year old boys and they love the name. So each to their own Ruprekt.

StickPin Mon 20-May-13 18:29:38

Love both and couldn't give a shiny shit about name meanings.

My favourite is Hector and have considered for future use - I'm slightly put off by it being seen as an MN name as my ds's is too. Not sure why that bothers me.

DebsMorgan Mon 20-May-13 19:39:11

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