Usage: Alexander, of Greek origin, 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.
The Growth number corresponding to this first name is 3.
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 name Alexander has nine characters. It means that it is relatively long-length, compared to the other names in our database.
The graph below represents the number of people who were given the name Alexander for each year since 1900 in the U.S.A.:
History and Origin
Alexander (/ˈæləɡzˈændər/, /ˈæləɡzˈɑːndər/) is a common male first name, and less common surname derived from the Greek “Αλέξανδρος” (Aléxandros). The most famous is Alexander the Great, who created one of the largest empires in ancient history.
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.
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