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What does Alexander mean?

Alexander Pronunciation of Alexander as a boys' name (also used less regularly as girls' name Alexander) is pronounced al-ek-ZAN-der. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Alexander is "man's defender, warrior". From the Latin form of the Greek name Alexandros. The name was probably coined originally as a title of the goddess Hera, consort of Zeus. Alexander the Great (356-323 BC) conquered and ruled the greater part of the known world before his death at the age of 33. History describes him as a man of high physical courage, impulsive energy, and fervid imagination. It was a royal name in Scotland. See also Lexer. English poet Alexander Pope; American statesman Alexander Hamilton; actors Sir Alec Guinness, Alec Baldwin; American Secretary of State Alexander Haig; Soviet writer and dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn; writer Alexandre Dumas.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, defender, warrior, courage (brave), scotland


VARIANTS Al, Alasdair, Alastair, Alaster, Alaxander, Alcander, Alcinder, Alcindor, Alec, Aleco, Alejandro, Alejo, Alek, Aleko, Aleksandar, Aleksander, Aleksandr, Aleksanteri, Alesandro, Alessandre, Alessandri, Alessandro, Alex, Alexan, Alexandre, Alexandro, Alexandros, Alexei, Alexi, Alexio, Alexis, Alic, Alicio, Alick, Alik, Alisander, Alissander, Alissandre, Alistair, Alister, Alistir, Alix, Alixandre, Allie, Allistair, Allister, Allistir, Alsandare, Alyksandr, Iskander, Iskender, Lex, Lexo, Sacha, Sander, Sandero, Sandor, Sandro, Sandros, Sandie, Sandy, Sascha, Sasha, Saunder, Saunders, Sikander, Xander, Zander, Zandro, Zandros

SEE ALSO Evander, Isandro, Macallister, Olexei, Shura, Zindel

FEMININE FORMS Alastair, Alexandra, Alexandria, Cassandra, Olexa, Ritsa, Sasha, Shura



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How popular is Alexander?

Alexander is a very popular first name for men (#141 out of 1220, Top 11%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#111 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Alexander reached its apex rank of #4 in the U.S. in the year 2009, and is at #11 presently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent related forms of Alexander (#11 FROM CURRENT RECORDS) are Alex (#153), Xander (#171), Alejandro (#208), Zander (#259), Alexis (#445), Alec (#539), Alessandro (#600), Alistair (#1004), Evander (#1061), Aleksander (#1186), Alek (#1533), Alexandro (#1672), Alister (#1683), Lex (#1847), Sasha, Sandy, Sandro, Sandor, Alix, Allie, Aleksandr, Alexi, Alexandros, Alexandre and Al. Adoption of these relations of Alexander was common among parents in the year 2004 (USAGE OF 1.93%) and is somewhat less today (USAGE 1.26%, 34.8%), with forms like Alec going out of style. The more fashionable baby names here are Xander, Evander, Alessandro, Alistair and Zander.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alexander, Al, Alec, Alejandro, Alek in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Aleksander, Aleksandr, Alessandro, Alex, Alexandre in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alexandro, Alexandros, Alexi, Alexis, Alistair in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alister, Alix, Allie, Evander, Lex in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sandor, Sandro, Sandy, Sasha, Xander, Zander in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Aland, Aleister, Alester, Alexey, Alkander, Alkender, Allaster, Almando, Altaer, Ander, Armande, Brander, Casander, Cassander, Cleander, Eleazer, Isander, Kleiner, Lander, Leander, Levander, Liander, Lysander, Neander, Nikander, Philander, Sender, Vander and Ysander (see Isandro). These names tend to be less commonly used than Alexander.

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