Origin: Greek

Meaning: Latinized form of Greek Herodotos from Greek elements heros meaning “hero, warrior” and dotos meaning “given, granted” essentially meaning “gift of the hero” or “given hero” or “given to the hero”.

I’ve also seen the name as being “gift of Hera” which could be true- if it was spelled Heradorus, Hera being the name of the Greek goddess with doron being the Greek element meaning “gift”while dotos is the Greek element meaning “given, granted”.

Variants: Herodotos (Greek)

There was a Greek historian in the fifth century B.C. named Herodotus known as the father of history.


Origin: Germanic

Meaning: from the Germanic name Willahelm, composed of Germanic elements wil “will, desire” and helm “helmet, protection”, essentially meaning “resolute protection”.

Wilhelmina and Willa are feminine forms of the name.

Will, Willie/Willy, Bill and Billy are diminutive forms of William, as well as Liam.

Variants: Wilhelm (German); Willem (Dutch); Guillaume (French)


Origin: English

Meaning: a short form of Alexander, Alexandra or Sandra all meaning “defending men” or “defender of men”. It’s also an English surname derived from a place name meaning “sandy island” from Old English sand (sand) + ēg (island).

It could also be from Old Norse elements sand (truth) or sandr (sand).

Sandy is also a color describing a yellowish-red color, as well as a word used to describe something consisting of sand.

Variants: Sandi, Sandee


Origin: German

Meaning: from Germanic Gundahar meaning “war, army/warrior” from Germanic elements gund (war) and hari (army, warrior)

In the Germanic saga Nibelungenlied Gunther is a king who wants to marry Brunhild, a shieldmaiden or valkyrie, but someone who is very strong and fierce. She sets a series os tasks for Gunther that are impossible for him to do, so his oath-brother (and later brother-in-law) Siegfried took his place with the aid of an invisible cloak, won the trials, and eventually Brünhild’s hand in marriage to Gunther (all without her knowing the truth for years to come). However, in the end, Gunther ends up betraying Siegfried, having him killed, and later he himself meets a violent end.

In A Series of Unfortunate Events Book 6 (The Ersatz Elevator) Gunther is one of the aliases Count Olaf uses when he tries to get close to the Baudelaires and their new guardians.

Variants: Günther, Gunter, Günter


Origin: Greek ( ‘Εκτωρ )

Meaning: “holding fast” from Greek εχω (echo) meaning “to hold, to possess”

Hector is a famous figure in the Iliad, the son of King Priam and the brother of Paris. He was one of Troy’s greatest champions against the Greeks and his death by Achilles ultinately spelled the end of Troy.

It’s also the name of King Arthur’s foster father (also known as Ector)

Variants: Hektor