What does Alger mean?
Alger /al-ger/ [2 sylls.] 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.
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. Census)
Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of Alger and corresponding names. Popular varying forms of Alger (outside Top 1000) listed in the Top 1000 are Al and Algie. Forms like Algy are uncommon. Adoption of these boy names was at its peak during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.3555%) and is now significantly less, with the version Al becoming less stylish. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A recommended similar baby name is Alter. Like Alger, this name is not frequently used.