Meaning and name origin
Alger \a-lger, al-ger\ as a boy's 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.
Alger is not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#4235 out of 88799, Top 5%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Alger and its variant forms. The only popular variation form ranked in the Top 1000/100 is Al. (2014 statistics).