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Meaning and Name Origin

Alger \a-lger, 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.


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

Alger has 6 more related variations via Algernon: Algernone, Algey, Algie, Algy, Aljernon and Allgernon.


Alger is an uncommon first name for males but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#4235 out of 88799, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of Alger and corresponding names. Popular varying forms of Alger (#unlisted) listed in the Top 1000 are Al and Algie. Adoption of these boy names was at its peak during 1880-1889 and is now significantly less, with the version Al becoming less stylish. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Al, Algie in U.S.

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

Similar Names

A recommended similar baby name is Alter. Like Alger, this name is not frequently used.