What does Alex mean?
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.
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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)
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 #134. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Below is a charted study of the popularity of the boy name Alex and related 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.
Similar NamesSuggested 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.See names in meaning and etymology.