Alexander Name Meaning

Meaning “defender of man,” Alexander is a Greek name that holds many places in history from mighty rulers like Alexander the Great to wonderous inventors like Alexander Graham Bell, all steps ahead of their time in their achievements. The name has stood the test of time, remaining a tried and true favorite in a number of countries and cultures across the world.

Alexander stands easily among the classics like Michael and Matthew yet remains heads above the competition when it comes to pure strength. Like Maximilian, the name has a silent strength that precedes him, projecting authority with ease. A little Alexander isn’t one to fall in line; he’s the one to draw the line for others’ to follow.

Alexander is a classic name choice, never falling victim to seeming trendy or dated. He’s held firm in popularity, not once slipping out of the U.S. Top 500 since the list started in 1900. He remains an easy choice for many, a recognizable name brimming with history.

Behind his formality lies a treasure trove of nicknames including Xander, Alex, and Lex as well as the unexpected Sasha, a common choice in Russia. He also has several variants like Alessandro, Alejandro, Alec, and Sander. Alexander has several female variants including Alexandra, Alexandria, and Alexa.

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Alexander Name Popularity

How popular is the name Alexander? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Alexander was the 11th most popular boys name, representing 0.8726% of boy births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Alexander has been the 48th most popular boys name, representing 0.4447% of boy births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 101 280 0.0795%
1911 95 381 0.1023%
1912 97 773 0.1533%
1913 99 903 0.1593%
1914 98 1,133 0.1626%
1915 102 1,417 0.156%
1916 99 1,563 0.1618%
1917 97 1,654 0.1653%
1918 104 1,564 0.1457%
1919 112 1,407 0.1344%
1920 117 1,438 0.1293%
1921 115 1,514 0.1322%
1922 124 1,332 0.1196%
1923 130 1,262 0.1127%
1924 129 1,354 0.1166%
1925 138 1,193 0.1055%
1926 146 1,114 0.1013%
1927 146 1,061 0.0959%
1928 153 1,003 0.0937%
1929 155 965 0.0932%
1930 169 823 0.0788%
1931 172 762 0.0772%
1932 178 743 0.0752%
1933 188 624 0.067%
1934 203 573 0.0593%
1935 188 654 0.0673%
1936 201 580 0.0602%
1937 195 619 0.0628%
1938 197 621 0.0607%
1939 188 685 0.0673%
1940 187 725 0.0682%
1941 185 771 0.0685%
1942 186 828 0.0656%
1943 178 890 0.0682%
1944 184 822 0.0663%
1945 178 853 0.0699%
1946 188 930 0.063%
1947 190 1,057 0.0633%
1948 182 1,109 0.0695%
1949 180 1,151 0.0716%
1950 190 1,123 0.0697%
1951 190 1,177 0.0694%
1952 187 1,251 0.0717%
1953 195 1,232 0.0696%
1954 202 1,210 0.0662%
1955 210 1,140 0.062%
1956 210 1,208 0.064%
1957 214 1,220 0.0634%
1958 225 1,142 0.0604%
1959 237 1,125 0.0592%
1960 234 1,156 0.061%
1961 225 1,195 0.0633%
1962 222 1,191 0.0649%
1963 215 1,273 0.0709%
1964 213 1,257 0.0714%
1965 192 1,294 0.0791%
1966 183 1,335 0.0855%
1967 180 1,419 0.0935%
1968 154 1,745 0.1162%
1969 150 2,004 0.1301%
1970 136 2,463 0.1548%
1971 134 2,352 0.1565%
1972 129 2,102 0.1543%
1973 115 2,239 0.1727%
1974 112 2,347 0.1806%
1975 104 2,434 0.1894%
1976 107 2,439 0.1892%
1977 97 2,695 0.1999%
1978 98 2,738 0.2037%
1979 94 3,060 0.217%
1980 91 3,276 0.2241%
1981 70 4,236 0.2882%
1982 65 4,589 0.3071%
1983 63 4,805 0.3256%
1984 54 6,491 0.4363%
1985 50 8,290 0.5462%
1986 41 10,600 0.7022%
1987 37 11,835 0.7755%
1988 34 13,330 0.8554%
1989 32 14,520 0.8998%
1990 28 16,185 0.9765%
1991 26 17,637 1.0821%
1992 23 20,063 1.257%
1993 21 20,522 1.3163%
1994 22 20,098 1.3096%
1995 21 19,446 1.2903%
1996 22 17,960 1.1995%
1997 22 17,110 1.1569%
1998 22 17,464 1.1668%
1999 21 17,416 1.163%
2000 20 17,282 1.1313%
2001 20 16,716 1.1094%
2002 15 17,713 1.182%
2003 16 17,707 1.1639%
2004 15 17,922 1.1759%
2005 12 18,117 1.1849%
2006 12 18,220 1.1636%
2007 11 18,133 1.1493%
2008 6 18,693 1.2094%
2009 4 18,227 1.2195%
2010 6 16,752 1.1625%
2011 8 15,700 1.102%
2012 9 15,232 1.0689%
2013 8 14,900 1.0465%
2014 8 15,406 1.0574%
2015 8 14,531 0.9987%
2016 11 13,388 0.9286%
2017 13 12,467 0.8933%
2018 11 11,989 0.8726%

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Names Like Alexander

If you like Alexander, you’ll love these other names like Alexander.


What names are diminutives of Alexander?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Alexander sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Alexander, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Al
Alec

Scottish

#528 (0.0349%)  
Aleco

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

Alejo

Man's defender, warrior; defender, protector

Spanish

Alek

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

#1,403 (0.004%)  
Aleko

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

Aleksei

Defender, protector

Greek

Alex

Defender of man

Greek

#153 (0.1814%)  
Alexan

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

Alexei

Man's defender, warrior; defender, protector

Greek

#1,942 (0.0014%)  
Alexey

Defender, protector

Greek

#2,306 (0.0008%)  
Alexi

Man's defender, warrior; defender, protector

Greek

#2,573 (0.0004%)  
Alexio

Man's defender, warrior; defender, protector

Greek

Alexy

Defender, protector

Greek

Alic

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

Alicio

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

Alick

Man's defender, warrior

Scottish

Alik

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

Alix

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

Allie

Precious; noble, bright, famous; man's defender, warrior

Greek

Lex

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

#1,724 (0.0022%)  
Lexo

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

Sacha

Russian

Sander

German

#2,494 (0.0005%)  
Sandie

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

Sandor

A short form of Alexander.

Hungarian

Sandro

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

#1,922 (0.0015%)  
Sandros

Man's defender, warrior; son of Alexander

Hungarian

Sandy

A diminutive form of Alexander.

Scottish

Sascha

Man's defender, warrior

Russian

Sasha

Man's defender, warrior

Russian

#2,159 (0.0009%)  
Xander

Defender of man

Greek

#171 (0.1636%)  
Zander

Defender of man

Greek

#255 (0.0999%)  
Zandro

Man's defender, warrior

Slavic

Zandros

Man's defender, warrior

Slavic


What names are variants of Alexander?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Alexander.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Alasdair

Man's defender

Greek

#2,781 (0.0004%)  
Alastair

Man's defender

Greek

#2,323 (0.0007%)  
Alaster

Man's defender; man's defender, warrior

Greek

Alaxander

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

Alcander

Strong

Greek

Alcinder

Strong; man's defender, warrior

Greek

Alcindor

Strong; man's defender, warrior

Greek

Alejandro

Defender of man

Spanish

#207 (0.1362%)  
Aleksandar

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

#2,938 (0.0004%)  
Aleksander

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

#1,083 (0.0079%)  
Aleksandr

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

#2,154 (0.0009%)  
Aleksanteri

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

Alesandro

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

Alessandre

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

Alessandri

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

Alessandro

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

#584 (0.0305%)  
Alexandre

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

#1,597 (0.0027%)  
Alexandro

Man's defender, warrior

Spanish

#1,357 (0.0044%)  
Alexandros

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

#2,056 (0.0012%)  
Alexios

Defender, protector

Greek

Alexis

Defender

Greek

#437 (0.0469%)  
Alexius

Defender, protector

Greek

Alexus

Defender, protector

Greek

Alisander

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

Alissander

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

Alissandre

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

Alistair

Man's defender

Greek

#941 (0.0113%)  
Alister

Man's defender; man's defender, warrior

Greek

#1,709 (0.0022%)  
Alistir

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

Alixandre

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

Allistair

Man's defender; man's defender, warrior

Greek

Allister

Man's defender; man's defender, warrior

Greek

Allistir

Man's defender; man's defender, warrior

Greek

Alsandare

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

Alyksandr

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

Iskander

Arabic

Iskender

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

Sandero

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

Saunder

Man's defender, warrior

Greek

Saunders

Man's defender, warrior; son of Alexander

Greek

Sikander

Man's defender, warrior

Greek


What names sound like Alexander?

If you like how Alexander sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Alexander.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Alaric

Noble, regal ruler

German

#910 (0.0119%)  
Albert

Noble, bright, famous

German

#450 (0.0437%)  
Albin

White, pale-skinned

English

Aldan

Old friend

English

Alden

Old friend

English

#627 (0.0257%)  
Aldon

Old one, elder; old town

Italian

Aleron

Winged one

Latin

Alexavier

Created Name

American

#1,747 (0.0021%)  
Alfie

Elf or magical counsel; ready for battle

German

#2,481 (0.0005%)  
Alfonso

The Spanish or Italian form of Alphonso.

Spanish

#870 (0.013%)  
Alfred

Elf or magical counsel

English

#847 (0.014%)  
Alvin

Elf or magical being, friend

English

#646 (0.0242%)  

What names are similar to Alexander?

Find a name that’s like Alexander, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Andrew

Manly and powerful

Greek

#43 (0.5257%)  
Anthony

Unknown meaning

Latin

#38 (0.5825%)  
Henry

Home ruler

English

#16 (0.7751%)  
Lucas

From Lucania

Latin

#8 (0.916%)  
Maximilian

Greatest

Latin

#439 (0.0463%)  
Michael

Who is Like God?

Hebrew

#14 (0.8458%)  
Nathaniel

God has given

Hebrew

#116 (0.2433%)  
Sebastian

Venerable or honorable

Greek

#18 (0.7318%)  
Theodore

God's gift

Greek

#44 (0.511%)  
William

A willing protector

German

#3 (1.0566%)  

Lists With Alexander

Find inspiration in these baby boy name lists featuring the name Alexander.


Siblings of Alexander

Mamas with kids named Alexander also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Charlotte

Free man

French

#6 (0.9419%)  
Violet

Violet flower

English

#43 (0.3489%)  
Nathan

He gave

Hebrew

#48 (0.4934%)  
Giovanni

God is gracious

Italian

#144 (0.1981%)  
Anastasia

Resurrection

Greek

#143 (0.1357%)  
Arya

Faithful friend

Persian

#117 (0.1847%)  
Arthur

Bear

Celtic

#228 (0.1182%)  
Jordan

To descend

Hebrew

#80 (0.3382%)  
Arabella

Answered prayer

Latin

#169 (0.1213%)  
Makayla

Who is like God?

American

#227 (0.097%)  
Brittany

From Brittany or Great Britain

Latin

#824 (0.0182%)  
Randi

Beautiful

Latin

#2,607 (0.0009%)  
Abbigail

Father of exaltation

Hebrew

#1,139 (0.0092%)  

21 Comments

  1. I chose the name Alexander be Use no other name suited after my husband asked me what I thought of it. The name is strong and beautiful.

  2. Strong name.

  3. We chose family names with strong meanings. Alexander means protector or defender which I love.

  4. Strong name for a strong pregnancy and baby boy.

  5. We needed something that had more than one syllable as our last name is just one syllable and single-syllable names don’t sound right. Both dad and I liked Alexander as it’s a strong name with lots of history and it hadn’t been tainted by other Alex’s we know. We also like how many variations and nicknames there are to choose from – Al, Alex, Lex, Lexi, Xander, Xandy.

  6. He’s 14 ?

  7. My husband and I were cleaning the kitchen when I asked that we should really start thinking about names. This was about April, 4th months into the pregnancy. I also did not know the gender as he was going to give me a gender reveal in May.

    He says, “we’ll if it’s a boy I’ve always wanted to call him Alexander, if it’s a girl…”

    I had loudly exclaimed “WHAAAT!?”
    BECAUSE!
    A few nights before, I had a dream where there was maybe a 4 year old running around me, and I called out to him “Alexander, come here!” And this faceless boy comes running into my breasts and gives me the biggest hug, and I hug him back and call him “mi boboncito” (my little bon bon).

    I told him about the dream and he gives me a lifted brow and a “well then” look!
    Alexander it is! His name was meant to be!

  8. After a long, worrisome and stressful pregnancy with a large diagnosis we were back and for on two strong and powerful names. We chose Alexander for Alexander the Great!

  9. I like more old fashioned names. Alexander is a strong and powerful name.

  10. I like that it is a powerful old time name.

  11. My husband loves greek history. His name is Andrew which contains “ander” root. So, Alex-ander, a prominent greek name, and a lovely sounding one.

    I dislike how common it is, but its harder for boys to have super uncommon names sometimes. I like everything else about it. Alex suits him.

  12. I liked Alexander because I thought it would suit his personality no matter what. We could call him Alex, Xander, Alexander, AJ. Every once in a while I wish I had named him Oliver. That’s what my heart told me, but my mother told me she hated that name so much that she would refuse to call him by his name. She was serious. I shouldn’t have cared. Go with your heart ?

  13. I chose the name Alexander because it sounds powerful. He is my miracle baby!

  14. I thought it was a Regal name and perfect for one of my little Princes.

  15. Daddy picked Alexander because it was a strong firm name for a baby boy.

  16. We chose this name because it means helper and defender of man. His dad was going through cancer treatments at the time and Alex helped bring happiness.

  17. He is a jr. Named after his father alexander rashi’ valentine jr.

  18. We chose Alexander because of our studies in Greek history from college and the fact that it’s such a strong sounding name with the meaning of Defender of Men. The classic origin fits well with the rest of our children’s names as well.

  19. My daughters and husband picked his name

  20. It means “protector of men” and fit with his older sister’s name which means “Shield”

  21. A strong and classic name.


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