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What does Alex mean?

Alex Pronunciation of Alex [alex] as a boys' name (also used less regularly as girls' name Alex) is pronounced AL-ex. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Alex is "man's defender, warrior". Short form of Alexander. Often used independently as Alexander has become more and more popular. One of the few names used with equal frequency for both genders. Baseball players Alex Ochoa and Alex Rodriguez.

Associated with: greek, defender, warrior, popular (famous).


Alex has 11 variants: Alec, Aleck, Alecko, Aleco, Alek, Aleko, Aleks, Alick, Alik, Allex and Elex.

12 more alternative forms via Alexander: Al, Alejo, Alexan, Alexei, Alexi, Alexio, Alexis, Alic, Alix, Allie, Lex and Lexo.

2 feminine forms: Alika and Alix.

Creative forms:
(male) Arex, Asex, ..

(female) Alar, Alel, ..

Middle name pairings:
Alex Callan (A.C.), ..

How popular is Alex?

Alex is a very prominent first name for males (#156 out of 1220, Top 13%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#7142 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Alex reached its peak rank of #47 in the U.S. in 1995, and is presently at #134. (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 forms and related boy names. Popular related forms of Alex (#134 from current records) listed in the Top 2000 are Alexander (#8 from current records), Alexis (#343), Alec (#455), Alek (#1313), Allie, Lex, Elex, Alexi, Aleck, Al and Alix. These forms of Alex reached the height of their popularity 20 years ago (adoption of 1.7%) and are somewhat less popular today (adoption 1%, 40%), with versions such as Allie becoming somewhat outmoded. Alexander is the most trendy birth name here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alex, Al, Alec, Aleck, Alek in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alexander, Alexi, Alexis, Alix, Allie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elex, Lex in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Abe, Abel, Abey, Able, Ace, Acee, Acel, Acer, Acey, Ade, Adel, Adem, Aden, Adler, Adley, Aed, Ajax, Alan, Alba, Alben, Alby, Alden, Aldo, Aled, Alem, Alen, Alexey, Alexus, Alexy, Alf, Alfa, Alfeo, Alfey, Alfo, Alga, Alger, Algey, Algy, Alia, Allen, Alley, Aloj, Alta, Alten, Alter, Alto, Aluf, Alun, Alven, Alvy, Aly, Alyn, Amed, Amel, Amer, Arek, Aren, Ares, Arlea, Arlen, Arles, Arley, Ase, Asen, Atef, Atlea, Atlee, Atley, Ave, Avel, Ax, Axel, Dex, Rex and Tex. These names tend to be less frequently used than Alex.

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