Origin of the name Alexander
Alexander is a very popular first name. It is more often used as a boy (male) name.
People having the name Alexander are in general originating from Bermuda, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Norway, Russia, Slovakia, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uzbekistan.
For another variant of the name Alexander across the world, see Alexandros.
Name meaning of Alexander
- Protector of mankind
- Defending men
- Name Number: 3
- Interpretation: Communication, Interaction, Friendship, Joy, Lightness, Humor, Art, Positivity, Optimism
History and Related Information
English, Dutch, German, and Hebrew: from the Latin form of the Greek name Alexandros, which is composed of the elements alexein to defend + anēr man, warrior (genitive andros). The compound was probably coined originally as a title of the goddess Hera, consort of Zeus. It was also borne as a byname by the Trojan prince Paris. The name became extremely popular in the post-classical period, and was borne by several characters in the New Testament and some early Christian saints. Its use as a common given name throughout Europe, however, derives largely from the fame of Alexander the Great, King of Macedon (356–23 BC), around whom a large body of popular legend grew up in late antiquity, much of which came to be embodied in the medieval ‘Alexander romances’. It also became a popular Hebrew name under Alexander the Great's benign rule of Palestine.
Cognates: Scottish Gaelic: Alasdair (Anglicized as Alistair). Irish Gaelic: Alastar. French: Alexandre. Italian: Alessandro. Spanish: Alejandro. Catalan: Aleixandre. Portuguese: Alexandre. Romanian: Alexandru. Russian: Aleksandr. Ukrainian: Oleksander. Polish: Aleksander. Czech: Alexandr. Hungarian: Sándor. Yiddish: Sender.
Short forms: English: Alex, Alec, Alick. Italian: Sandro.
Pet forms: English, Scottish: Sandy (Gaelic Sandaidh). Scottish: Sawney. Russian: Sasha, Sanya, Shura. Polish: Oleś, Olech, Olek. Czech: Olexa.
Popularity of the given name
The name Alexander is ranked on the 379ᵗʰ position of the most used names. It means that this name is very frequently used.
We estimate that there are at least 806100 persons in the world having this name which is around 0.025% of the population.
The graph below represents the number of people who were given this name for each year since 1900 in the U.S.A.:
The name Alexander has nine characters. It means that it is relatively long-length, compared to the other names in our database.
Name Day Calendar
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