What does Alexander mean?
Alexander \a-lexa-nder, alex(an)-der\ as a boys' name (also used less regularly as girls' name Alexander) is pronounced al-ek-ZAN-der. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Alexander is "man's defender, warrior". From the Latin form of the Greek name Alexandros. The name was probably coined originally as a title of the goddess Hera, consort of Zeus. Alexander the Great (356-323 BC) conquered and ruled the greater part of the known world before his death at the age of 33. History describes him as a man of high physical courage, impulsive energy, and fervid imagination. It was a royal name in Scotland. See also Lexer. English poet Alexander Pope; American statesman Alexander Hamilton; actors Sir Alec Guinness, Alec Baldwin; American Secretary of State Alexander Haig; Soviet writer and dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn; writer Alexandre Dumas.
Alexander▲ has 70 variants: Al▼, Alasdair, Alastair, Alaster, Alaxander, Alcander, Alcinder, Alcindor, Alec▲, Aleco, Alejandro▲, Alejo, Alek, Aleko, Aleksandar, Aleksander, Aleksandr, Aleksanteri, Alesandro, Alessandre, Alessandri, Alessandro▲, Alex, Alexan, Alexandre, Alexandro▼, Alexandros, Alexei, Alexi, Alexio, Alexis▲, Alic, Alicio, Alick, Alik, Alisander, Alissander, Alissandre, Alistair, Alister, Alistir, Alix, Alixandre, Allie▼, Allistair, Allister, Allistir, Alsandare, Alyksandr, Iskander, Iskender, Lex, Lexo, Sacha, Sander, Sandero, Sandie, Sandor, Sandro, Sandros, Sandy▼, Sascha, Sasha, Saunder, Saunders, Sikander, Xander▲, Zander▲, Zandro and Zandros.
Alexander is a very popular first name for men (#141 out of 1220, Top 11%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#96 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Alexander for boys. Alexander reached its apex rank of #4 in the U.S. in the year 2009, and is at #8 presently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Prominent related forms of Alexander (#8 the previous year) are Alex (#128 the previous year), Alejandro (#157), Xander (#211), Zander (#246), Alexis (#302), Alec (#469), Alessandro (#623), Allie, Sandy, Alexandre, Alek, Al, Alexandro and Alistair. Usage of these boy names reached its highest in 2004 and is somewhat lower today, with the forms Sandy, Allie, Alexandro and Al becoming less in vogue. The more fashionable baby names here are Zander (#246), Xander (#211), Alessandro (#623), Alexander (#8) and Alejandro (#157), and there is also a resurgence in birth name popularity for Alexander. Shown below is a comparison of the usage of Alexander and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
A recommended similar baby name is Alkander. This name tends to be less commonly used than Alexander.