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 (#111 out of 150436, 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 the year 2004 (usage of 0.4354%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.3904%, down 10.3%), with the forms Alexandro, Al, Sandy and Allie 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.