Though many people would consider Hercules to be too pompous, pretentious, and over the top for real-life usage, there are quite a few different forms of the name. Perhaps they might work well on a fictional character or pet, or one of the foreign versions might sound a bit less strange in the Anglophone world. It’s also just neat to see how names morph into other forms in different languages.
1. Hercules, the most familiar form in the Anglophone world, is actually the Latinized form of the Greek original. Though I normally prefer the authentic Greek spellings, this is one I’m too used to seeing in its historically Latinized form. The variation Hércules is Brazilian–Portuguese.
2. Herakles is the Greek original, and means “glory of Hera.” The meaning is kind of ironic, given how much Hera hated him!
3. Herakleios is an elaborated Greek form.
4. Heraclius is the Latinized form of Herakleios. Two early saints and a 7th century Byzantine emperor bore this name.
5. Erekle is the historic Georgian form. Two kings from the Bagrationi Dynasty had this name.
6. Irakli is the modern Georgian form.
7. Irakliy is Russian.
8. Heraclio is Spanish. The variation Heráclio is Brazilian–Portuguese.
9. Iraklis is the modern Greek form.
10. Ercole is Italian.
11. Ercwlff is Welsh.
12. Hercule is French, and well-known as the name of detective Poirot in Agatha Christie’s mystery series.
13. Erco is Romansh, a Romance language spoken in southeastern Switzerland.
14. Gerakl is an alternate Russian form.
15. Herakliu is Albanian.
16. Herkules is Polish.
17. Iorcall is Scottish, in use since the Renaissance.
18. Heraklo is Croatian.
19. Herkül is Turkish.
20. Herculina is a feminine Latin form.
21. Eraclio is an alternate Italian form.
22. Heraklije is an alternate Croatian form.