Alexander is the Latin version of the name of Greek origin that means ‘defender of the people’ and ‘protector of mankind’. Derived from the Greek boy’s name, Alexandros, the name combines the words alexo, meaning ‘to defend or protect’, and ander which means ‘man’ or ‘warrior’.
While is mentioned in the New Testament of the Bible, the name is most often associated with Alexander the Great, a famous conqueror and military leader in ancient Greece. The popularity of the name spread across different cultures and languages and has come to reflect strength, protection, and leadership.
- Name Origin: Latin
- Name Meaning: Defender of man
- Pronunciation: ah – LEK – ZAND – er
- Gender: Male
How Popular is the Name Alexander?
At the beginning of the 20th century, Alexander ranked at number 93 in the list of popular boys’ names in the US. Over the years, this strong Greek name has fluctuated in popularity but has not once fallen out of the top 250 boys’ names.
According to Social Security Administration data, the name first entered the top 10 in 2008 – reaching number 6 in the chart. Then it reached its peak position in 2009 at number 4 and had only fallen slightly to number 13 in 2021. This ancient name has stood the test of time and 9344 baby boys were named Alexander in 2021.
|Protector/ defender of man
|Defender of man
|Defender of the people
|Warrior of the people
Other Latin Boys’ Names
|Son of the right hand
|One who gives light
|He was the gift of God
|One who dwells near oak trees
|Seo or water
|Far seeing young individual
|The one who is at peace
Alternative Boys Names Starting with ‘A’
|Strong / Exalted
|Happy / Blessed
|Clear / Light
|Archer / Truly bold
Famous People Named Alexander
- Alexander the Great – King of Macedon
- Alexander McQueen – British fashion designer
- Alexander Hamilton – American founding father and statesman
- Pope Alexander VI – Head of the Catholic Church from 1492 – 1503
- Alexander Skarsgard – Swedish actor