Given Name ALEXANDER

GENDER: Masculine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Αλεξανδρος (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: a-lig-ZAN-dər (English), a-le-KSAN-du (German), ah-lək-SAHN-dər (Dutch), AW-lek-sawn-der (Hungarian)   [details]

Meaning & History

Latinized form of the Greek name Αλεξανδρος (Alexandros), which meant "defending men" from Greek αλεξω (alexo) "to defend, help" and ανηρ (aner) "man" (genitive ανδρος). In Greek mythology this was another name of the hero Paris, and it also belongs to several characters in the New Testament. However, the most famous bearer was Alexander the Great, King of Macedon. In the 4th century BC he built a huge empire out of Greece, Egypt, Persia, and parts of India. Due to his fame, and later medieval tales involving him, use of his name spread throughout Europe.

The name has been used by kings of Scotland, Poland and Yugoslavia, emperors of Russia, and eight popes. Other notable bearers include English poet Alexander Pope (1688-1744), American statesman Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804), Scottish-Canadian explorer Sir Alexander MacKenzie (1764-1820), Russian poet Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837), and Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922), the Scottish-Canadian-American inventor of the telephone.

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VARIANTS: Aleksander (Norwegian), Aleksander (Danish), Alexandros (Ancient Greek), Alexandros (Greek Mythology)
DIMINUTIVES: Al, Alec, Alex, Lex, Sandy, Xander, Zander (English), Alex (German), Alex, Lex, Sander, Xander (Dutch), Alex, Sander (Swedish), Alex, Sander (Norwegian), Alex, Sander (Danish), Alex (Icelandic), Alex, Sándor, Sanyi (Hungarian), Aleš (Slovak)
FEMININE FORMS: Alexandra, Alexandrea, Alexandria, Alexina (English), Alexandra (German), Alexandra (Dutch), Alexandra (Swedish), Alexandra (Norwegian), Alexandra (Danish), Alexandra (Icelandic), Alexandra (Hungarian), Alexandra (Slovak), Alexandra (Ancient Greek), Alexandra (Greek Mythology)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Aleksandër, Skender (Albanian), Iskandar (Arabic), Aleksandr (Armenian), Alesander (Basque), Aliaksandr (Belarusian), Alexandros (Biblical Greek), Aleksandar, Sasho (Bulgarian), Alexandre, Àlex (Catalan), Aleksandar, Sandi, Saša (Croatian), Alexandr, Aleš (Czech), Aleksandro, Aleĉjo (Esperanto), Aleksander (Estonian), Aleksanteri, Ale, Samppa, Santeri, Santtu (Finnish), Alexandre, Alex, Sacha, Sasha (French), Alexandre (Galician), Aleksandre, Sandro (Georgian), Alexandros, Alekos, Alex (Greek), Iskandar (Indonesian), Alastar (Irish), Alessandro, Ale, Alex, Sandro (Italian), Aleksandrs (Latvian), Aleksandras (Lithuanian), Aleksandar, Aca, Ace, Aco, Sasho (Macedonian), Iskandar (Malay), Sikandar (Pashto), Eskandar (Persian), Aleksander, Aleks, Olek (Polish), Alexandre, Alex, Xande, Xandinho (Portuguese), Alexandru, Alex, Sandu (Romanian), Aleksandr, Aleks, Alex, Sanya, Sasha, Shura (Russian), Alasdair, Alastair, Alistair, Alister, Ally, Sawney (Scottish), Aleksandar, Aca, Aco, Saša (Serbian), Aleksander, Aleks, Aleš, Sandi, Saša, Sašo (Slovene), Alejandro, Ale (Spanish), İskender (Turkish), Aleksandr, Oleksander, Oleksandr, Aleks, Oles, Sasha (Ukrainian), Sikandar (Urdu), Sender (Yiddish)
  United States
2016
  Australia (NSW)
2016
  Austria
2014
  Belgium
2015
  Canada (BC)
2015
  Chile
2014
  Czech Republic
2014
  Denmark
2015
  England and Wales
2016
  France
not
ranked
2015
  Hungary
2015
  Iceland
2015
  Ireland
2015
  Italy
2015
  Mexico
2013
  Netherlands
2016
  New Zealand
2016
  Northern Ireland
2015
  Norway
2015
  Poland
2014
  Scotland
2016
  Sweden
2016
  Switzerland
2013