What does Alexander mean?
Alexander [alexan-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.Creative forms:
(male) Alexanar, Alexanter, ..
(female) Alexandea, Alexanden, .. Middle name pairings:
Alexander Jaiden (A.J.), ..
How popular is Alexander?
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 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent related forms of Alexander (#8 from current records) are Alex (#134 from current records), Alejandro (#180), Xander (#207), Zander (#249), Alexis (#343), Alec (#455), Alessandro (#680), Alistair (#1031), Aleksander (#1247), Alek (#1313), Alexandre (#1481), Evander (#1609), Alexandro (#1684), Alister (#1815), Sandro, Sasha, Sandor, Sandy, Alix, Alexandros, Alexi, Al, Allie and Lex. Adoption of these relations of Alexander was common among parents in the year 2004 (usage of 1.93%) and is somewhat less today (usage 1.37%, ▼28.7%), with forms like Alec going out of style. The more fashionable baby names here are Xander, Zander, Alistair, Alessandro and Alexander.
Similar NamesRecommended names are Aland, Aleister, Alester, Alexey, Alkander, Alkender, Allaster, Almando, Altaer, Ander, Armande, Brander, Casander, Cassander, Cleander, Eleazer, Isander, Kleiner, Lander, Leander▼, Levander, Liander, Lysander, Neander, Nikander, Philander, Sender, Vander and Ysander (see Isandro). These names tend to be less commonly used than Alexander.See names in meaning and etymology.