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What does Alger mean?

Alger Pronunciation of Alger [al-ger] as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Alger is "elf spear". From Aelfgar. Also possibly from various names meaning "noble, old, temple" and also possibly a short form of Algernon. The name was revived in the 19th century. State Department Official Alger Hiss.

Associated with: old english, elf, spear (warrior), noble, old, 19th century.


Alger has 9 variants: Al, Alga, Algar, Allgar, Allger, Elgar, Elger, Ellgar and Ellger.

3 more relations via Algernon: Algey, Algie and Algy.

Creative forms:
(male) Algeri, Arger, ..

(female) Algel, Algeri, ..

Middle name pairings:
Alger Gray (A.G.), ..

How popular is Alger?

Alger is an uncommon first name for males but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#5299 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Alger reached its highest rank of #1205 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not found in the list currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alger name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular varying forms of Alger listed in the Top 2000 are Al, Algernon and Algie. Other forms, like Algy, are uncommon. Usage of these forms of Alger was more pronounced among parents during 1900-1909, but now, the version Al has become less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alger, Al, Algernon, Algie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alger and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Aage, Abeer, Abner, Acer, Adler, Ailmer (see Aylmer), Alair, Alben, Albern, Albert, Alden, Alec, Aled, Alek, Alem, Alen, Alex, Alfeo, Alfey, Algis, Allen, Allerd (see Ellard), Allex, Alley, Allmer, Altaer, Alten, Alter, Alvar, Alven, Alvern, Alvert, Ameer, Amer, Ammer, Ander, Ange, Angel, Anker, Asher, Asser, Avner, Aylmer, Aymer, Elber, Elder, Elmer, Roger, Seger, Teger, Tiger and Ulmer. These names tend to be more frequently used than Alger.

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