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Alex (girl)

What does Alex mean?

Alex Pronunciation of Alex [alex] as a girls' name (also used more widely as boys' name Alex) is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Alex is "man's defender". Short form of Alexandra and Alexis; also commonly used as an independent given name.

Associated with: greek, defender.


Alex has 1 variant: Alix.

Related girl name: Alika.

33 more related forms via Alexandra, Alexis: Aleka, Aleki, Alessa, Alessi, Alexa, Alexea, Alexena, Alexene, Alexi, Alexia, Alexie, Alexina, Alexine, Alexis, Alexius, Alexus, Alexys, Ali, Alie, Aliki, Alla, Alle, Allexa, Alli, Allie, Allix, Ally, Alyx, Anda, Elena, Lexa, Lexi and Lexy.

1 masculine form: Alek.

Creative forms:
(female) Ailex, Alel, ..

(male) Alak, Alal, ..

Middle name pairings:
Alex Sadie (A.S.), ..

How popular is Alex?

Alex is a somewhat prominent first name for females (#2660 out of 4276, Top 62%) and an even more prominent last name for all people (#7142 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Alex was first listed in 1980-1989 and reached its apex position of #539 in the U.S. in 1995, and is at #1290 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alex name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alex outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related girl names. Alexa (#32 via latest list), Alexis (#86), Alexandra (#101), Elena (#106), Allie (#255), Lexi (#308), Alexia (#318), Ally (#869), Ali (#1278), Alessa (#1630), Alyx, Lexy, Alli, Alexus, Alexie, Alexi, Alexina, Alexius, Alix, Alexys and Alla are the popular alternative forms of Alex (#1290 via latest list) appearing in the Top 2000. Usage of these forms of Alex was at its highest 2 decades ago (usage of 2.86%) and is somewhat less today (usage 1.4%, 51%), with versions like Alexus going out of style. Alexa, Elena, Lexi and Allie are four of the more chic girl names among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alex, Alessa, Alexa, Alexandra, Alexi in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alexia, Alexie, Alexina, Alexis, Alexius in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alexus, Alexys, Ali, Alix, Alla in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alli, Allie, Ally, Alyx, Elena in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lexi, Lexy in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alex, Alexa, Alexandra, Alexis, Elena, Lexi outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Ade, Adel, Aden, Adey, Adley, Ailee, Ailey, Al, Ala, Alah, Alba, Alby, Alcee, Alda, Aldea, Alea, Aleah, Aleda, Aleea, Aleen, Alena, Alene, Aleta, Aley, Alfa, Alfi, Alfy (see Alfreda), Alia, Alis, Aliz, Alles, Alley, Alma, Aloe, Alta, Alva, Alvy, Alya, Alys, Ame, Amee, Amel, Amey, Anet, Aren, Arlea, Arlee, Arlen, Arlet, Arley, Ase, Ave and Aven. These names tend to be less frequently used than Alex.

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