The meaning of the name “Alex” is: “Protector of Mankind”.
Additional information: The name Alex is usually considered to be a short form name for any given name beginning with “Alex”. Most commonly it is short for either the masculine Alexander or the feminine Alexandra or Alexandria. It can also be the shortened version of the Russian name Alexey, Spanish names Alejandro or Alexandro or Greek Alexandros. No matter what it is short for, all of these names lead back to the same ancient Greek source. The meaning of the name is “Defender”. Alexander the Great, King of the enormous Macedon Empire in the 4th century BC, is the most notable bearer of the name.
Feminine forms of Alex can be Alexa and Alexis. In Scotland the name is sometimes given as Alec or Aleck instead, although this is just another form of Alex. There are no common short forms of Alex, as this name is already a short form of a longer name.
The popularity of the name Alex was highest in the recorded history in the state of Catalonia where it was ranked as the 2nd most popular name from 2003 until 2012. It was also very popular in Ireland in 2010 where it was ranked as the 8th most popular male name. In Northern Ireland, Alex was ranked as the 57th most popular girl's name in 2004, surpassing the popularity as a boy's name which sat at the 69th place that same year. In 2014 it was ranked as the 128th most popular boy’s name in the US, the 75th in England and Wales, the 64th in Belgium, the 4th in Catalonia, 81st in Chile, 46th in the Czech Republic, 20th in Galacia, 40th in Hungary, 12th in Ireland, 42nd in Northern Ireland, and 20th in Spain.
Famous people and celebrities, both male and female, that share the name Alex include Alex Gaskarth, a rock singer; Alex Morgan, a soccer player; Alex Pettyfor, an actor; Alex Rodriguez, a baseball player; Alex Ferguson, an ex-soccer coach; Alex Wolff, a drummer; and Alex Trebek, a game show host.
The first thing you should know if you are considering Alex for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Alex is a unisex name, used as a boy name and a girl name.
The name Alex is of Greek origin, and is used mostly in English speaking countries but also in a few other countries and languages of the world.
If you consider naming your baby Alex we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Alex Name Meaning
The meaning of Alex is “Protector of Mankind”. Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Alex and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Alex and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Alex is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Name Alex Categories
The name Alex is in the following categories: Cool Names, Cute Names, English Names, Nicknames or Pet Names, Unisex Names. (If you would like to suggest one or more categories for the name, click here). We have plenty of different baby name categories to search for special meanings plus popular and unique names, search our database before choosing but also note that baby name categories designed to help you and not to be an influential factor when choosing a name. Instead, we recommend that you pay a greater attention to the origin and meaning of the name Alex. Read our baby name articles for useful tips regarding baby names and naming your baby. If you are thinking of giving your baby the beautiful name Alex, spread the love and share this with your friends.
Popularity of the Name Alex
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Alex displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Alex Boy Name Popularity Chart
Alex Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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