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What does Alex mean?

Alex Pronunciation of Alex as a boys' name (also used less regularly as girls' name Alex) is pronounced AL-ex. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Alex is "man's defender, warrior". Short form of Alexander. Often used independently as Alexander has become more and more popular. One of the few names used with equal frequency for both genders. Baseball players Alex Ochoa and Alex Rodriguez.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, defender, warrior, popular (famous)


VARIANTS Alec, Aleco, Aleck, Alecko, Alek, Aleko, Aleks, Alick, Alik, Allex, Elex

ALTERNATIVE FORMS VIA ALEXANDER Al, Alejo, Alexan, Alexei, Alexi, Alexio, Alexis, Alic, Alix, Allie, Lex, Lexo




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How popular is Alex?

Alex is a very prominent first name for males (#156 out of 1220, Top 13%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#7142 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Alex reached its peak rank of #47 in the U.S. in 1995, and is presently at #153. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular related forms of Alex (#153 FROM CURRENT RECORDS) listed in the Top 2000 are Alexander (#11), Alexis (#445), Alec (#539), Alek (#1533), Lex (#1847), Al, Aleck, Alexi, Alix, Allie and Elex. These forms of Alex reached the height of their popularity 23 years ago (ADOPTION OF 1.7%) and are somewhat less popular today (ADOPTION 0.9%, 48%), with versions such as Alec becoming somewhat outmoded.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alex, Al, Alec, Aleck, Alek in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alexander, Alexi, Alexis, Alix, Allie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elex, Lex in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Abe, Abel, Abey, Able, Ace, Acee, Acel, Acer, Acey, Ade, Adel, Adem, Aden, Adler, Adley, Aed, Ajax, Alan, Alba, Alben, Alby, Alden, Aldo, Aled, Alem, Alen, Alexey, Alexus, Alexy, Alf, Alfa, Alfeo, Alfey, Alfo, Alga, Alger, Algey, Algy, Alia, Allen, Alley, Aloj, Alta, Alten, Alter, Alto, Aluf, Alun, Alven, Alvy, Aly, Alyn, Amed, Amel, Amer, Arek, Aren, Ares, Arlea, Arlen, Arles, Arley, Ase, Asen, Atef, Atlea, Atlee, Atley, Ave, Avel, Ax, Axel, Dex, Rex and Tex. These names tend to be less frequently used than Alex.

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