What does Alex mean?
Alex /alex/ [2 sylls.] 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.
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. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Alex for boys. Alex reached its peak rank of #47 in the U.S. in 1995, and is presently at #128. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the boy name Alex and related names. Popular related forms of Alex (#128 the previous year) listed in the Top 1000 are Alexander (#8 the previous year), Alexis (#302), Alec (#469), Allie, Al and Alek. These boy names reached the height of their popularity in 1999 (usage of 0.5283%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.4419%, ▼16.4%), with the versions Al and Allie becoming less stylish. Alexander (#8), Alec (#469) and Alexis (#302) are three of the more trendy birth names here, with Alec and Alexander going through a resurgence in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)