Origin : Greek

defending men

The name Alexander is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "defending men". Alexander has been in the Top 25 since 1991. The noble Alexander has led to the popularity of so many spinoffs, such as Alex, Zander, Xan and Zan -- not to mention all the female versions -- that it almost feels as if the name world's been Alextrified out. But namers are still attracted to its imposing historic pedigree. According to Greek legend, the first Alexander was Paris, who was given the nickname Alexander by the shepherds whose flocks he defended against robbers. He was followed by Alexander the Great, aka Alexander III, who conquered much of Asia. A royal name in Scotland, it is still highly popular there. In Gaelic, the name became Alasdair; in Spain, Alejandro; and in Italy, Alessandro. Among the many notable Alexanders in history, standouts are Hamilton, Graham Bell, Fleming, Pope and Haig. Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber's Alexander is known as Sasha.

Popularity of name Alexander over time

There are 677637 people in the U.S. with the first name Alexander, this name was mostly popular in 1993 with popularity 20523 .

Alexander is used for both genders.

99.34 percent of people with the first name Alexander are man

0.66 percent of people with the first name Alexander are woman

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character in the Resident Evil video game series
character in 'The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
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German biogeographer
Emperors of Russia
King of Greece
main character on TV's "Buffy The Vampire Slayer"
Worf's son on TV's "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
character in "Horror Express"
Macedonian conqueror
Scottish inventor of the telephone
character in movie "Galaxy Quest"
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Canadian actor
American singer of pop/punk band All Time Low
King of Yugoslavia
Kings of Scotland
Revolutionary War general

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Names Created Using the Letters in Alexander