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Meaning and name origin

Alexander \a-lexa-nder, alex(an)-der\ as a boy's name 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 variant forms: 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, Sandor, Sandro, Sandros, Sandie, Sandy, Sascha, Sasha, Saunder, Saunders, Sikander, Xander, Zander, Zandro and Zandros.

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

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


Alexander is a very popular first name for males (#141 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#96 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Alexander for boys (2015 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Alexander and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Al, Alec, Alejandro, Alek, Aleksandr, Alessandro, Alex, Alexander, Alexandre, Alexandro, Alexis, Alistair, Allie, Sandy, Xander and Zander. (2015 statistics).

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

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

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Xander, Zander outside U.S.

Similar Names

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


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