Where did the baby name Hec come from?

Title card for the TV series "Hec Ramsey" (1972-1974).

The unusual baby name Hec was a one-hit wonder in the U.S. data during the 1970s:

  • 1975: unlisted
  • 1974: unlisted
  • 1973: 5 baby boys named Hec [debut]
  • 1972: unlisted
  • 1971: unlisted

What put it there?

The two-season western/detective series Hec Ramsey, which was broadcast on NBC from 1972 to 1974.

The show was set in the early 20th century and starred Richard Boone as Hector “Hec” Ramsey, a former gunfighter turned lawman who used then-modern forensic techniques (e.g., fingerprinting equipment) to catch criminals.

What are your thoughts on the baby name Hec?

Source: Hec Ramsey – Wikipedia

P.S. If you like Hec, you might also like Hud.

3 thoughts on “Where did the baby name Hec come from?

  1. YOu know I love unusual, unique names. SO I do like this one.

    The first thing I thought of was a popular way of cussing in Mormon Utah…. “Oh, My HECK!” or ‘OMH’. Sorry but I had to laugh thinking of some poor young man hearing coeds yelling OH MY HECK when really ticked off or shocked or, uh, really really, really, happy, uh, yeah, *blush*, or whatever else falls under the normal OMG, and thinking they’re mad at him!

  2. Gosh is still too close to God for most LDS folks. Heck, I suppose, is in replace of Hell (what the heck).

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