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I think Alexander is very handsome. My brother's real name is Alexander but he goes by Alex. By the way Alex is a great nickname for Alexander. The meaning is defender of men. Alexander the Great is also a famous bearer.
Also Medieval Jewish: https://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/jewish/levy/alexander.html
The best boy name there is.
I prefer the spelling with "ks" - Aleksander. I don't know why, just like how it looks.
Alexander "Alec" Lightwood is a character from Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series.
/a.lekˈsan.der/ in Latin
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Alexander#Latin
Surprised no one’s mentioned Alexander Von Humboldt!
Terrible! Way too old-fashioned.
I think Alexander is a pretty good name. It's strong, timeless, classy, rich in history and ages beautifully. It sounds very regal and elegant. I love the meaning of the name (“defender of humankind”), too. It also offers the reliable nicknames Alex, Sandy and Xander, which are nice.
Alexander and Alexandra can be names for boy and girl twins. Nickname for the boy could be Alex while the girl could be called Alexa or Lexie. I love both names because those fit people of any age. Handsome and pretty respectively.
I love this name! One of my favorites and I also like the feminine version of Alexandra. It sounds strong and handsome, but I don’t like the meaning much.
Alexander William Park is one of the main characters in the Escapism series.
Alexander Aetolus, a tragic poet, as well as one of the Alexandrian Pleiad in the 3rd century BC, was given this name. The other members were Homerus, Philiscus, Lycophron, Sositheus, and Theocritus, Aratus, Nicander, Apollonius, and Sosiphanes.
I named my son Allygzanda, which is more unique than the common and boring spelling Alexander.
Alexander Satō is one of the main characters in the Escapism series.
This is by FAR my absolute favorite boy's name! It's long, yet you could make it into a short and simple nickname, Alex. Also, it sounds so noble, brave, and handsome! I just can't understand those people who hate this name! To all the future moms, definitely name your son Alexander! Never worry about not suiting a particular age! It fits a baby, child, teen, adult, and old man! I'd rate it 1,000 stars out of 5!
This is my favourite name in the world. I don't care how common it is, it's like music to my ears.
Name of the day: 4/8/21.
I have nothing really against this name per-say but it's became too popular. Like I knew some women who were pregnant with boys who all planned to name their son Alexander. I prefer the female Alexandra more to Alexander.
Best name ever! All Alexanders I've met are handsome and noble.
Really strong, handsome, masculine name, and as many said, you could easily go by the nickname Alex if there are any concerns. One of my favorite boy's names.
I think Alexander is a cool name and I like the easy go to nick name, Alex. Overall can't really complain about it.
I love this name and it's common here in Scotland - older Alex's go by 'Sandy', Younger ones tend to just be Alex, I would consider using it, good name.
Well, while this is a classic name with a lot of history, not bad, however it is a really popular name, in many countries it is one of the most popular male names, so it is a little bit annoying because many have it, feels too common, just boring. And Alex is no better than this.
This name should be for boys ONLY. For girls, go with Alexandra instead. Alexander is strictly a MALE name.
Also Bulgarian, spelled Александър. You'll find bearers on social media.
Dislike this name, I prefer Alex but ONLY for boys.
I don't like it. I'm not a fan of the "defending men" meaning. Gag me on this overused name that is always ultimately shortened to the digestible, boring Alex, or the trying-too-hard-at-being-hip Xander.
Alexander Hamilton was a Founding Father of the United States, as well as a statesman, lawmaker, writer, general, and the first Secretary of the Treasury. Was the main character of Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical "Hamilton".
Alexander Weiss won the first season of Masterchef Junior. He owns a restaurant now!
I kind of like Alexandrite better even though it’s feminine.
This is one of my personal favorite masculine names. I love the long and rich history of this name, as well as its meaning. All around awesome name, in my opinion.
Love it - What a strong classical name, and many men with this name have gone on to become great figures.
Also used in Estonia: https://et.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_(eesnimi)
One of my favourite names. Worn by Kings and Popes, and of course Alexander the Great, so has great status. Always been very popular in Scotland compared to the rest of Britain. Seems to be getting ever more popular in the US and could break into the top 5 in a few years. It can suit any age and is the most masculine name out there in my opinion. Brilliant name.
Good gosh, I love this name! Another name for the prince Paris, and Alexander the Great - it's almost too good. If only it hadn't peaked in the mid nineties... its recent popularity takes away from how wonderful this name is. When you think of Alexander, unfortunately it's hard to think only of the Macedonian. Makes me think more of the weird kid in my high school science class.
Alex of course is the standard, boring nickname. Xander is so awful and pompous. Alexander is so beautiful by itself - such a shame. Alexander...
A classic! Much better than all those dumb trendy names that are popular nowadays.
This is my younger brother's middle name and I love it, but I don't like how common it is now. I'd consider using it but I think I'd probably go with the alternative of Oleksandr. Still a really cute name though :)
I like this name but it’s so common!
Usage: English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Hungarian, Slovak, Finnish, Russian, Ukrainian, Biblical, Ancient Greek (Latinized), Greek Mythology (Latinized)

Pronounced: al-əg-ZAN-dər (English), a-leh-KSAN-tu (German), a-lehk-SAN-dər (Dutch), a-lehk-SAN-deh (Swedish), A-lehk-san-tehr (Icelandic), AW-lehk-sawn-dehr (Hungarian), A-lehk-san-dehr (Slovak), AH-leh-ksahn-dehr (Finnish), u-lyik-SANDR (Russian)
I don't know why people think that Alexander is dumb. It's just a name, get over it.
Alexander Rybak is a Belarusian-Norwegian singer who represented Norway in both 2009 Eurovision and 2018 Eurovision. His songs were "Fairytale" in 2009 and "That's How You Write A Song" in 2018. He won in 2009, bringing the show to Norway the next year. However in 2018 he qualified, but did not crack the Top 10.
I LOVE the feminine form Alexandra as much as I HATE the masculine form Alexander. I don't know why.
If you don't like the name "Alexander" then why do you like the name Alexandra?! I mean, c'mon they're both the same!
They’re not the same because of their different gender. I like Alexandra because it sounds posh and royal, but Alexander sounds plain and boring, just because there’re tons of Alexanders around me. I think that’s the reason. Also I just feel it’s too feminine, like Andromeda or Aphrodite... Anyway, it’s only my vision :)
How on earth is this name one bit feminine?
Such a classic, strong, and royal like name.
According to ISTAT in 2017 were born 248 Alexander in Italy.
Alexander is such a classic and wise name! My husband is an Alexander, and when I met him in middle school I immediately loved the name. We named our 3 year old son William Alexander, and call him Bill. Growing up together, I called my then best friend, Zammy and I still do today. A beautiful name with such goofy potential. Oh, and of course I love Alexander Hamilton.
This is the best name ever. So classic.
I Love this name!
My mother named me Nicholas Alexander, happy with my name, I am Nicky within family and Nick in work. I feel the names fit nicely.
Famous bearers,
Alexander Sanchez, Alexander Hernandez, Alexander Fernandez, Alexander Boyami, Alexander Wang, Alexander Gomez, Alexander Sharlafsky, Alexander Pinto, Alexander Padilla, Alexander Jose Reyes.
My full first name is Alex, and I don't consider it to be a short version of any name. There are reasons in people's families for naming their kid just Alex.
I love this name! It's so cute and mature! But ever since I watched my brother play Amnesia (the horror game) I've been kinda scared of the name, lol. I try not to think about that though.
If I have twins in the future, I will name them Alexander and Alexandra.
This name has some feminine usage in the past even though this name is meant to be used for boys only. But I have to say, naming a boy Alexandra is worse than naming a girl Alexander. Girls are the feminine ones so they get to have whatever they want. Technically there are more names for girls to have than boys. It has to do with what’s more acceptable. I don’t know if naming a girl Alexander would automatically make it unisex but it doesn’t hurt.
Overall I love this name:)
In 2018, 17 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Alexander who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 91st most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.
My name is Alexander Hamilton, and there's a million things I haven't done!
Great meaning, super handsome, lots of nicknames. Overall a great name.
My first name is just Alex and I love it better than the name Alexander. To me Alex is more of a masculine name because the name Alexander has the name Alexa in it which most people named Alexander never mention, and they use the name Alex to sound masculine.
To be fully masculine isn't always a good thing. If you have other siblings, especially growing up in a small house, this can cause tension as boys tend to fight for male dominance. To have some balance in your life can make a more peaceful environment to be in.
Born Alexander but grew up as Alex until an adult when I started going by Alexander. Used Alexander as my son's middle name and he's happy with it. I love my name and I fit the meaning to a T. Ladies... come get some!
My name is Alexander Thomas and I am a grown ass man at 42. I love my name and ladies typically will tell me they love it too and for whatever reason they find it sexy. When I was a boy I did not like my name but it grew on me. I went by Alex as a boy & Alexander as an adult and even named my son Payton Alexander. I find it's got a certain level of distinction to it.
I'm starting to find out there are girls named Alexander. If you think you would name a boy Alexandra, and he would get teased, well same thing for a girl getting the name Alexander.

The reason girls get these weak names is because they work well with humans with high pitched voices. Like women would get the name Frankie and young boys would get that name until they’re 12. Older men don’t have high pitch voices. So weak names would look bad on them!
As Alex is more often used as a girl’s nickname, making it unisex, I like that the name Alexander offers other nicknames, such as Xander.
This is a great name! It has good nicknames (Alex, Al, Xander, Lex), it has an awesome meaning, and it sounds really nice. I'm not sure if it's overused though.
Alexander Pym Allison, a Nigerian business magnate, investor, philanthropist, and Founder of Allyson Enterprises Limited.
One of my siblings goes by Alex. It's nice though, but it's also cool if you just be Alexander. Xander is a nice alternative to Alex, and definitely masculine.
I see no reference to Lex Luther or to the son of Worf...
Alexander "Alex" Yi is a retired American soccer defender who last played for FC Dallas of Major League Soccer. He is currently head coach for the U18 academy team at Los Angeles Galaxy.
Alexander Payne is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer, known for the films Citizen Ruth, Election, About Schmidt, Sideways, The Descendants, and Nebraska. His films are noted for their dark humor and satirical depictions of contemporary American society. Payne is a two-time winner of the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and a three-time nominee of the Academy Award for Best Director.
Where my boy Alexander Hamilton at?!
Alexander Christof Grimaldi is the elder son of Albert II, Prince of Monaco, being the younger of the Prince's two acknowledged illegitimate children. His mother is Nicole Coste, a native of Togo. His paternal half-siblings are Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, also acknowledged but born out of wedlock, and legitimate twins Princess Gabriella of Monaco, Countess of Carladès and Jacques, Hereditary Prince of Monaco.
Oh how amazing my name is. I am ALEXANDER ANGELO from the Philippines.
Bearing that name gives me a lot of passion and care for more people in my homeland that suits the real meaning of ALEXANDER.
My Grandmother gave me that wonderful and powerful name as a boy. Many people look at me and become inspired by me because of the essence of this name and I thank God for my name because it gives me a lot of peace and determination to advocate for human rights and charity for people, especially children of our modern days and old people who are very unfortunate and disabled.
Alexander Mikhailovich "Alex" Ovechkin is a Russian professional ice hockey winger and captain of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League. Prior to entering the NHL, Ovechkin played for HC Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Superleague for four seasons, from 2001 until 2005, and returned to play for them briefly during the 2012–13 NHL lockout. A highly touted prospect, Ovechkin was selected by the Capitals first overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. With the 2004–05 NHL lockout cancelling the season, Ovechkin remained in Russia until 2005, joining the Capitals for the 2005–06 season. He won the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year, scoring 52 goals and 54 assists to lead all rookies with 106 points and finishing third overall in league scoring.
Alexander Mahan, known as YandereDev, is an independent game developer in California, that is known for the stealth, action video game "Yandere Simulator".
Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil of Sweden, born 19 April 2016, is the son of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia, Duke and Duchess of Värmland.
He was christened on 9 September 2016, and he is fifth in the line of succession to the Swedish throne.
Also Russian variant transcription of Aleksandr.
Alexander Acha Alemán is a Latin Grammy winning Mexican singer-songwriter. The son of Mexican pop singer Emmanuel, Alexander Acha is also a pianist and a Berklee College of Music alum. He was raised as a devout Roman Catholic and he still attends Mass at the Church. His debut album Voy reached gold status in his native country, with Te Amo being his first single. On November 5, 2009 he won the Latin Grammy for Best New Artist.
Alexander Mejia is a Colombian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Mexican club León.

He is described by FIFA's official website as "A linchpin noted for his ability to tidy up mistakes, rob possession and track down and pressurize opponents".
Alexander The Great is a song by Iron Maiden.
Alexander Hamilton. My name is Alexander Hamilton. And there's a million things I haven't done, but just you wait! Just you wait!
Alexander. The. Great. This is a true meaning of the name. I find Alexander to be a professional exciting thrilling name! This name is eccentric and even though it is a common name everyone should have this name. Most recently I have been nicknamed: Alex, AJ, Alexa, Zander, Zandy, and a favorite is Sasha. Each of these nicknames represents me as a character. Also people who posses this name have a lot a sass, they are also very quick witted. I am named Alexander because my father was Howard and made sure I was not just named Alex. Just know that Alexander's are known to be masculine and every Alexander has great potential to be an amazing person. Hence Alexander the Great! Stay chill my homies and remember Alexander's rule the world! Who rules the world? ALEXANDER! PEACE OUT MY FAM!
Classic, but a bit fancy sounding compared to Jayden, Cayden, Aidan, so on. I prefer the less common Alessandro, Alejandro, or Aleksandr.
Hungarian pronunciation: AW-lek-sawn-der.
I don't like that it's so common, because other than that I think it sounds like quite a cool name. It kind of lacks a real flavor to it, since it's so overused, but I simply enjoy saying it so much that I can forgive it. I prefer the nickname Alec above anything else, as Alex is as boring as dirt and Xander sounds too childish to me.
I like this name and if you like\love it as well and are considering using it for your little guy, some combos I have paired with it that you are more than welcome to take a look at are:

Alexander Colin
Alexander Brody
Alexander Darren
Alexander Chase
Alexander Cody
Alexander Jared
Alexander Jordan
Alexander Gavin
Alexander Isaac
Alexander Kyle
Alexander Leon
Alexander Nolan
Alexander Ross
Alexander Rylan
Alexander Morgan
Alexander Cole
Alexander Corey
Alexander Dallas
Alexander Miles
Alexander Thomas
Blake Alexander
Bram Alexander
Dean Alexander
Finn Alexander
Leo Alexander
Levi Alexander
Logan Alexander
Lucas Alexander
Jeremy Alexander
Jared Alexander
Jordan Alexander
Raimi Alexander
Damian Alexander
Dominic Alexander
Ethan Alexander
Liam Alexander
Lyric Alexander
Cole Alexander
Miles Alexander
Thomas Alexander

Of course there are MANY names that go with Alexander (:
Alexander Ivanov (Russian: Александр Иванов; Belarusian: Аляксандр Іваноў, born 29 October 1994), also known as Ivan, is a Belarusian-Russian singer. He will represent represent Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song "Help You Fly". Ivanov was also to represent Russia in the Intervision Song Contest 2015 but the contest never happened.
It's indeed a very old-fashioned name but is still extremely popular nowadays... one of the few names that last for thousands of years and never get old.
Alexander Calder (1898-1976) is a famous American artist known for his creation of the kinetic sculpture currently called a mobile.
An extremely versatile name, bold, strong and liberal. I may not be too bold, too strong, or too liberal, but I'd say I am proud of my name. I commonly go by Alex (it's easier on my classmates' tongues), but on formal occasions Alexander is my preference. It cuts a more formal edge in my opinion.
Alexander is an awesome name. I love it because it's bold and strong. It's also a good pairing name with my favorite girl name, Anastasia. Anastasia & Alexander sound perfect with each other. I love it and it's super special to me. I can't wait to have my own Alexander. The only setback with Alexander is trying to find an equally stunning middle name if you just love Alexander as a middle name then Nathaniel Alexander would be perfect. Alexander is an awesome
name. It has multiple nicknames, Lex, Al, Alex and Xander. It's gorgeous and I can't wait to use this either this name or Ethan as my first son's name.
Alexander Fyodorovich Kerensky was the second head of the Russian Provisional Government. After the October Revolution, he taught history at Stanford University.
I see this name as timeless. An old man can have it, a 35 year old man can have it, a teenager, or a baby. It also works very well as a middle name.
It's a great name, but far too common. I know 7 Alexanders at my work alone.
Alexander McQueen (Born: March 17, 1969, Died: February 11, 2010) was a British fashion designer.
My name is Alexander and I love my name from Al to Alex. Different variations in different settings and situations, I am Alexander at work Al to my family and Alex to my friends. I also have an elderly friend who has called me Alec for as long as I've known him, it is a very versatile name.
There are far too many people named Alex in the world, whether they be male or female. Though I guess Sandy is alright, it reminds me too much of a girl's name... so just Alexander for me, thanks. Plus, it reminds me of the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (which apparently is being adapted into a movie).
This name is awesome! I'm pretty sure people with the name Alexander live up to the awesomeness of their name. An example would be Han Alexander (hanthelion) on Tumblr, she is so cool!
Great name, but way too common to use these days.
I like the name but if I named my son Alexander I would prefer Alexander and not Alex or Xander; however it does age nicely from Alex as a child to Alexander as an adult. It is a traditional, masculine and handsome name, but I dislike the fact that is becoming trendy again, although that is also good.
I don't like the name Alexander, but I do like just plain old Alex (I tend to like a lot of shorter names). I also really like the name Alex for a girl, I find it cute and works well for a tomboy. Alex is also really common, I knew a lot of Alex's in my school years.
I recently conducted a tournament of 320 male names on this site and Alexander won 1st place.
Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, son of Prince William and Dutchess Catherine/Kate is a famous bearer of this name.
It is an Illyrian name (Albanian).

A-is
LE-born
X(KSI)-as
ANDER-dream.

According to the legend, when the mother of Alexander the great was pregnant, she dreamed her baby. After she gave birth to Alexander, she yell "A le ksi Ander". From that moment people are called A-le-ksi-ander.
Reaaally common, (most often as Alex) I know it's a very old name but it seems more like a child's name now because there are so many little boys named Alex.
I read that the origin of the name, Alexandros, was first given to the Goddess Hera after she supposedly helped one side during a battle. I think that adds to the rich history of the name. Http://tellingvoice.com/blog/greek-root-thesis/
Alexander Lavelle Harris or Xander as he was known on Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show! Which is why my son's name is Xander :)
Alexander Ludwig (best known for his roles in Race To Witch Mountain, The Seeker: The Dark is Rising and The Hunger Games) bears this name.
Alexander (1691-1692) was the son of Tsar Peter I of Russia (Peter the Great) and his wife Eudoxia.
Alexander (1777-1825) was the oldest son of Tsar Paul I of Russia and his wife Sophie. He later became Tsar Alexander I.
Alexander (1447-1447) was the son of Frederick II, Elector of Saxony and his wife Margarete of Austria.
Αλέξανδρος / Aléxandros (accent on the e) is also the name used in Modern Greek in identical form to the ancient.

In German there is also the diminutive form AXEL which is missing from the list.
Alexander (1554-1565) was the son of Augustus, Elector of Saxony and his wife Anna of Denmark.
Alexander (1818-1881) was the oldest son of Emperor Nicholas I of Russia and his wife Alexandra Feodorovna. He later became Emperor Alexander II.
Alexander (1772-1795) was one of the sons of the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II and his wife Maria Luisa of Spain.
Alexander John was the youngest son of King Edward VII of the UK and his wife Alexandra of Denmark. He died young.
Alexander was the second son of Alexander II of Russia and his wife Maria. Because his older brother Nicholas died young, he married his fiancee Dagmar and became the Emperor.
Alexander of Russia was the little brother of Czar Nicholas II of Russia. He died young.
Very nice, masculine name. I also like the nickname Xander.
AJ McLean from the Backstreet Boys full name is Alexander James McLean.
Common Estonian diminutive is Sass.
My grandfather was Aleksander, everybody called him Sass.
A boy in my school was Aleksander, and he himself signed his tests Sass, though I remember a new teacher didn't like that, cause you were supposed to sign your full name. In my generation of Estonians middle names or plural last names are highly uncommon and using patronyms are in the past so a "full name" is usually something not very long, my own is 4 syllables, 8 letters.
This is my brother's name, and despite it's commonness, it's still really cool. It's a really common name in Sweden and probably very common across the world.

It's the kind of name you give your kid if you want them to have a easy life, and not constantly having to spell out their name or correcting people on the pronunciation of their name.
Alexander Calder (1898-1976) was an American scultpor and painter, famous as the inventor of the mobile and thereby as one of the pioneers of Kinetic art.
I love this name. I imagine Alexander as a very sweet little boy and a kind and reliable man who's not afraid to stand up for what he believes in. I'm considering this as a middle name for my future hypothetical son. My last name means "the great" so it would be a little inside-joke that he was literally named Alexander the Great.
The name remains the same also in contemporary Greek. The first component Greek name: αλεκω means also "prevent". The Romans literally inherited Alexander's empire. Kleopatra of Egypt was of the family Ptolemi. Ptolemi was a general of Alexander's army. He undertook Egypt after Alexander's premature death.
Alexander "Sanders" Bening was a Netherlandish book illuminator.
Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten (July 17, 1714 – May 26, 1762) was a German philosopher.
Alexander Archipenko (1887-1964) was a Russian-born sculptor.
My last name is Alexander and I am Spanish and Trinidadian.
For those who dislike pretentious names. Alexander is among them. Though because it is so widely used, it's grown accepted-- unlike something along the lines of "Zeus," which will never be commonly used in the contemporary world... as long as my years will see, at least.

It certainly is a nice name to the ear-- but, unfortunately, I believe it to stop there. The world is overrun with "Alex"s mainly because it is an ornate name, and the "-xander" pleases.

There are countless names that will courageously stand the test of time. Names that your son will not be an Alex #2 or an Alex #6. He could be the first. Even "Alexander" in a separate language could function... add on a creative nickname and he's good to go.

I do not hate, per se. I only believe that it is much less than the show people recite it as. Alexanders, be proud of your name. Be proud that it will not slow your career. Be proud that your parents did not name you Cucumber.
I love this name. I am going to name my son this:)
Great name.
I have loved the name Alexander since I was a teenager spotting it on popularity lists. I also love the name Anna since I was a little girl. I am going to end up naming my daughter and son Anna and Alexander. I like Alexei as a nickname as well! Beautiful!
I adore this name, but I think it's way too common for me to ever use it.
My brother's name is Alexander, but he goes by Alex now. Our family calls him Zandy :)
It's a very royal name, no wonder it's so popular. I like it a lot.
I'm sorry, but Alexander reminds me of a duck. When I was very young my favourite book was this picture book called Alexander the Duck, and it described the adventures of a duck named Alexander as he waddled through Sydney.
I love this name! Alexander is just a really cool name that has charisma!
Alexander Rybak, winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, is a famous bearer of this name.
Very handsome masculine name; I love the fact that it has a long and distinguished history in Scotland, where the name was used by the royal family in the Middle Ages.
Macho origin, though the name's become the prime of trite. Of course, everyone liked it before it became popular. Of course. But, overall, you can't go wrong with Alexander.
I imagine Alexander, I don't know, sitting on a throne, pointing at something. (?)
One of the most boring names on Earth.
I was wondering when someone would mention Hephaestion.
He was "... by far the dearest of all the king's friends; he had been brought up with Alexander and shared all his secrets."

There's an Oliver Stone movie called Alexander, a biopic of the life of Alexander the Great. In it, Hephaestion is clearly portrayed as Alexander's lover. The majority of modern-day historians tend to agree with the prospect that the two were lovers, because the evidence supporting a romantic relationship was rather abundant. It was mocked, for example, that Alexander was ruled by Hephaestion's thighs. And, when Hephaestion died, well, let's just say that it was Achilles and Patroclus all over again. Alexander petitioned at the Oracle of Siwa to grant Hephaestion divine status.
Makes a wonderful middle name.
Alexander the Great often compared himself to Achilles. Some say that, like Achillles, his best friend was also his lover. In the case of Achilles, it was Patroclus, in Alexander's, it was Hephaeston.
Alexander Skarsgård (born 1976) is the oldest son of Stellan Skarsgård and a Swedish actor. He plays Eric Northman in the tv-show True Blood.
Alexander Sterling is the name of the lead vampire in the Mampire Kisses series by Ellen Schreiber.
Also quite common in Scandinavia.
Jeri Lynn Zimmermann and Jack Ryan have a son Alexander Ryan, born 1995.
Alexander "Alex" David Turner (born 6 January 1986, Sheffield UK) is an English musician and member of Arctic Monkeys and The Last Shadow Puppets. He is the vocalist and lead guitarist in both bands. He is the main songwriter in the Arctic Monkeys. I love him. ;)
In Madeline L'Engle's Time Quartet, the twins are Alexander Murry and Dennys Murry, who are featured prominently in Many Waters. Alexander always goes by the nickname "Sandy".
I have mixed feelings about this name. It seems to be a popular one for fictional "bad guys" and leaves a slightly slimy taste in my mouth. It's also a very "old country" name to me, which I love.

Also, "Alex" is a sniper rifle (awesomeness!), a nickname that comes from it's creator Aleksander. Great name if you're a gun dork.
Number 12 for boys in 2005. I love this name. But I think I prefer the name Alex, as a first name, I would come closer to using Alexander as a middle name than a first name.
I absolutely adore this name! Awesome name to have, gives a very good impression. But not that big a fan of the nickname Alex - I don't think names should really be shortened.
Alexander Greenwald of Phantom Planet! Lead singer and guitarist.
Alexander William Gaskarth is the lead singer of the Maryland pop-punk band All Time Low.
Alexander is also the name of a cocktail made from crème de cacao, sweet cream, and gin or brandy. It's name was originally derived from the given name Alexander.
I like the name Alexander because it isn't too rough, but is still strong. I like all the nicknames for it; my favorites are Alec and Sascha. I don't think that Sascha would be very accepted for a boy where I live, though. I do know a lot of Alexanders though. It's a very common name. They all go by Alex.
Alexander is the first name of the title character in Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth. I hated that book.
I think of a strong man, with blond curly hair for some odd reason.
Alexo (in ancient Greek) means "to repulse from oneself". Thus Alexander means "repulsing men".
Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have a son Alexander Schreiber, was born 25 July 2007 in L.A.
I love this name. It has been one of my top 3 names for boys for as long as I can remember, and it will be the first name I give to my son (if I ever get one). I don't really know why I love this name, I just do. I think it's one of the best names there is.
This name is starting to get extremely common. It's almost in the top 10.
I love this! I love the nickname Alec for it.
This is nice name. Unfournately, it's often shortened to Alex, which leaves question of gender. I'd be Alexander if I were I a guy, not Alex.
The Russian nickname for Alexander (or Alex) is Sasha.
Two theories are current for "Alexander", depending whom you consult. Some sources say "defender of men"; some say "warder off of men" (i.e. a loner?). I write only because yours seems to be the best name site around, but I think you may be in the mistaken majority about "Alexander".

No question, it does come from the Greek alexein + andr-, men. And it's easy to see why "defender" is more popular than "warder off", especially with people called Alex.

The thing is, "to ward off" does seem to be the literal meaning of alexien, and it's the meaning in every English word I know that takes it for a root. Alexikakon for example is a warder off of evil, not a defender of evil. Alexipharmic is a warder off of a drug.
I find it sad there are great names like this one, and they are used in a short form, like Alex. It's TOO popular! Alexander by itself sounds much stronger, masculine, almost royal.
This name is extremely popular where I live. I personally know three or four people named this just in my grade! I really like the name, and its many nicknames, though all the boys I know just use Alex. So therefore, we call them by their last names instead.
I love the name Alexander. It is a very masculine name and it is extremely hot. :D
Greek actor John Anastassakis & Sherry Rooney have son Alexander (born 1984). Brother of Jennifer Anastassakis.
Listen to the German pronunciation of Alexander here:
http://www.nordicnames.de/Aussprache.html.
Alexander in Macedonian, Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian is Aleksandar. Beautiful name! That is my brother's name and from him and from the history big percentage of the scientists that "light up" our world with knowledge an inventions are Alexander, Aleksandar. Person that invented the telephone; person that built the Eifel Tower, person that invented the dynamite.
I love this name. I think I have to, my husband's name is Alexander and so is our two year old son. I also agree it shouldn't be messed with like all these new nicknames. I once heard someone calling Xander. I didn't like this nickname. This is a family name so we keep it in its original form Alexander. Awesome name.
Extremely popular in Germany, both as a first name and as a middle name.
Sir Alexander Flemming, inventor of penicillin.
Alexander is a nice strong name for a boy. I know a lot of kids with the name Alexander and go by Alex. I like the nickname Zander.
Just like everyone else is saying here, Alexander is a strong and masculine name. This is one of my favorite boy names. It's the name of one of my friends and my Spanish uncle.
I love the name. It sounds very masculine and strong.
From where I come from, and in a song I heard, people pronounce Alexander as EL-ee-zhan-dur. With long A and E sound. However, I pronounce it Ale-Xzhan-Dur how it is meant to be.
Getting really popular and common but it's still a nice name.
A famous bearer I recall for now is Alexander Hamilton. There are also several authors who bear this name.
Ah, great history, nice meaning and evokes many attractive feelings. It is really quite popular for characters. 'Alexander' will never go out of date and it keeps the high votes coming. Nice name!
Alexander is the name of a gasoline company!
Alexander is a very nice name. It evokes a sense of power and strength.
Alexander Corvinus, in the "Underworld" movies, is the father of Marcus and William, the first vampire and lycan and first true immortal. He doesn't have much of a role in the first but you do meet him in the second.
Connotation for the name Alexander means "protector of men".
Sounds more Greek to me. (duh) And yes, I don't even want to say what I picture when I think of this name. Sooo attractive and strong, literally. :)
This is a hot and attractive name.
The name Alexander goes back to the Bronze Age. The hittite chronicles, XIV century B.C., mention Aleksandu of Wilusa (Ilion of the Greeks), who was at war with the Ahhiyawans (the Achaeans). Some peoples may relate him to Paris of Troy who was also called Alexander according to Iliad.

More references at:
http://www.apaclassics.org/AnnualMeeting/01mtg/abstracts/BACHVAROVA.html
http://www.groupsrv.com/science/viewtopic.php?p=133609
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaksandu
and,
http://www.radikal.com.tr/haber.php?haberno=85071
Classic and strong-sounding, I know a bearer of this name (my friend's cousin) and it fits his personality. I love this name.
I think this name sounds respectable and virile. But I prefer the name as a whole than the nicknames. It sounds more professional than just Alex or Xan.
The name of the character in Irving Berling's song: Alexander's Ragtime Band.
Dutch pronunciation is ah-lex-AHN-duhr. [noted -ed]
I find the name Alexander very masculine and attractive. I can't help but expect certain things of others because of feelings I have about the names they bear, and I must say that I expect good things from any guy who carries this name. It would suit almost any male and I would be proud to give this name to my own son.
This is the formal first name of the fictional character Alexander Joseph Luthor (known simply as Lex Luthor), the nemesis of Superman. I believe that the reason that Alexander was given as first name to Lex Luthor is probably a link to Alexander the Great (at least, the is what seems to be the case in Smallville).
In Sweden the name of the Disney character Gladstone Gander (Donald Duck's lucky cousin) is Alexander Lukas.
This was the first name of Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone and teacher of the deaf.
The crown prince of the Netherlands is a famous bearer of this name: Willem-Alexander.

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