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Meaning and name origin
Alex \a-lex\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's 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. Russian form Alek is currently very popular in that country; Aleko is Greek. Baseball players Alex Ochoa and Alex Rodriguez.
Alex is a very popular first name for males (#156 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#7442 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Alex for boys (2014 statistics).
Alex is also pronounced similarly to Alix. Other suggested similar baby names are Aled, Alejo, Alem, Alen, Alexei, Alexey, Alexi, Alexio, Alexy, Alga, Algey, Algy, Alic and Aloj. These names tend to be less commonly used than Alex.
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