The meaning of the name “Alexander” is: “Protector of Mankind”.
Additional information: The name Alexander is derived from the Ancient Greek name Ἀλέξανδρος (Alexandros), which means ‘Defender of the People’. It is derived from the ‘alexein’, meaning “to defend, to ward off" and ‘andros’, meaning “man”. Alexander the Great, ‘Μέγας Αλέξανδρος’(356—323 B.C.) was a Greek king of Macedonia, whose father King Philip, ‘Φίλιππος’, had unified Ancient Greece. Alexander the Great at his twenty years went on to extend the Macedon Empire to the East spreading Greek culture across Asia Minor, Babylon, Egypt, Persia and Syria until India. The Egyptian city of Alexandria is named after him.
The most famous historical figure named Alexander is Alexander the Great, but it was also used as another name for the Trojan hero Paris. Because of how long the name is, it has a lot of potential diminutives, including Al, Alex, Lex, Xander, and Zander, and the most common feminine form is Alexandra. There are many foreign spellings for Alexander, including the French Alexandre, the Irish Alastar, the Russian Aleksandr, and the Spanish Alejandro. Common misspellings are ‘Alexandar’, ‘Alaxander’ and ‘Alexender’.
The popularity of Alexander as a boys name fell during the first and second world wars, but its popularity started steadily improving in the seventies. It has always been one of the most popular names for boys all over the world for many centuries. It also ranked number 9 in USA for 2012. Since 2008 the name has remained in the top ten names for boys in the United States of America, and in 2014 it was the eighth most popular name. Alexander saw a brief period as a popular girls name from 1986 to 1992, but hasn’t made an appearance in the top 1000 names for girls since. In England and Wales, the name Alexander has seen a slow decline in popularity, falling to the 24th most popular name for boys in 2014.
One of the most prevalent legends surrounding the name Alexander is about Alexander the Great and the Gordian Knot – faced with a knot almost impossible to untie, and having struggled to untie it for some time, Alexander solved the problem by slicing the knot with his sword, a story still used today to illustrate that the answer to a problem may be easier than expected.
Because of the legends surrounding Alexander the Great, many more modern monarchs have been called Alexander, including kings of Serbia, Yugoslavia, the first king of Yugoslavia, eight Popes, and three tsars of Russia. Other famous people named Alexander are Alexander Pope (English poet) and Alexander McQueen (British fashion designer). Alexander is also the name of great inventors, like Alexander Graham Bell who invented the telephone and Alexander Fleming who discovered penicillin.
Pronunciation: (ah lek ZAND ur) Form of: Alexandros Celebrity Names & Famous real-life people:
Alexander Hamilton, American statesman
Alexander "AJ" McLean, Backstreet Boys singer
Alex Trebek, Jeopardy host
Alexander Hamilton, Colonial American statesman
Alexander Ovechkin: Professional Hockey Player
Alexander Pushkin: Father of Russian Literature; Poet
Alexander "Sasha" Pete Schreiber, son of actor Liev Schreiber and actress Naomi Watts
Alexander McQueen: British fashion designer and couturier
Alexander 'Alex' Rodriguez, professional baseball player.
Considering Alexander as a Baby Name?
The first thing you should know if you are considering Alexander for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Alexander is a boy name.
The name Alexander is of Ancient Greek, Greek origins, which means it has more than one root, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially Dutch speaking countries, English speaking countries, German speaking countries, Greek speaking countries, Hungarian speaking countries, Slovak speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Alexander 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.
Alexander Name Meaning
The meaning of Alexander 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 Alexander and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Alexander 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 Alexander 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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Popularity of the Name Alexander
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Alexander 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.
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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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