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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.

For more on this name, see also related boy names Evander, Isandro, Macallister, Olexei, Shura and Zindel.

Alexander has 2 more related forms via Lexer: Lexis and Lexus.

Alexander has 8 feminine forms: Alastair, Alexandra, Alexandria, Cassandra, Olexa, Ritsa, Sasha and Shura.


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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Alexander name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alexander outside U.S.

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Al, Alec, Alejandro, Alek, Alessandro, Alex, Alexander, Alexandre, Alexandro, Alexis in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Allie, Sandy, Xander, Zander in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alex, Alexander, Alistair outside U.S.

Similar Names

A recommended similar baby name is Alkander. This name tends to be less commonly used than Alexander.