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Quick Facts on Alec

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Scottish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 453
Simple meaning:
Defender of men

Characteristics of Alec

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Alec

Alec is an English and Scottish short form of Alexander, very similar to Alex but slightly different sounding. Alexander is the Latin form of the Greek name “Alexandros”. The name’s meaning comes from “alexein” which means “to defend” plus “andros” which translates to “man, warrior” in a relationship or possessive form. Hence the meaning: Defender of Men. The name is largely embodied by Alexander the Great, a 4th century B.C. King of the Greek-influenced Macedon. Alexander the Great is often considered the greatest military general of all time; his successful conquests expanded his Empire from Greece to the Himalayas in modern-day India. You’d be hard pressed to find a warrior more legendary than this man; even the ancient Romans revered this Greek icon. The name was popularized in the post-Classical era throughout Europe as a common given name, and shows up several times in the New Testament. As such a common male name throughout the Western World, Alexander has spawned many pet forms including Al, Alec, Alex, Lex, Sandy, Xander, Zander and Sasha.

Popularity of the Name Alec

The name Alec has sporadically maintained a spot on the American male naming charts for well over 100 years. Although never a widely used given name, Alec began to show some promise by the 1980s. The 1990s marked the best decade for Alec when he came very close to landing a spot on the Top 100 list of most commonly used boy names. Alas, however, this name has not fared so well in the 21st century. Alec has seen consistent decline in popularity for the past 10+ years. His fashionable days were brief. Alec is only slightly different than Alex in terms of sound, but he is quite a bit more English in his sensibility. As a short form of Alexander, Alec is a little bit more laid back and cool. We can’t help but think “smart-aleck” although what’s so bad about a Smart Alec?
Popularity of the Boy Name Alec
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Alec

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Alec

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Alec

    Alec d’Urberville (Tess of the d’Urbervilles) Alec is a character in Thomas Hardy’s 1891 novel, Tess of the d’Urbervilles, adapted many times over in various media. Alec is the son of the d’Urbervilles who have merely purchased the title, and he has base designs upon poor Tess, who wrongly thinks she must stay in his employ to help her impoverished family. The not-very-nice Alec rapes her against her will, impregnating her and leaving her to give birth to a child who dies and must be buried in unconsecrated ground. After two years, Tess is eager to make a new start outside the village, obtains work as a milkmaid and becomes reacquainted with an earlier beau, Angel Clare, son of the parson. Not until their wedding night does Tess own up to her sullied past, and Angel is appalled. Off he goes to Brazil (but of course), off she goes to her next milkmaid assignment, where she one day encounters the bad boy, Alec, who has now been converted to a Christian preacher by none other than Angel’s father. Alec begs Tess not to tempt him ever again (!) but shortly thereafter denounces his Christianity and begs her to marry him. Tess is still guiltily and lovingly tied to the absent Angel, however, but when he remains away, she finally agrees to become his mistress. Bad timing – here comes Angel to make things up. Tess, in her rage and despair, kills Alec and finally is executed. And Angel walks away hand in hand with her sister. Lesson: it looks to us as if poor Alec really did get the worst of draw in this contest, no matter how much he may have deserved it.

    Alec Ramsay (The Black Stallion) Alec is the teenaged boy who comes to own the Black Stallion, the magnificent horse in Walter Farley’s bestselling series, starting in 1941, under the title, The Black Stallion. “The Black” is a prized stallion belonging to an Arabian sheikh, who comes into Alec’s life when they are both shipwrecked on an island off India. They come to depend upon, trust and love each other through their mutual need for survival. After their rescue, Alec, still not knowing the Black’s origins, trains and enters him in a race, with an exciting and surprising outcome. In subsequent books in the series, we are introduced to the Black’s eventual offspring, come to know his back story, and grow to love him as much as does young Alec. Called “the most famous fictional horse of the century”, the Black has enchanted youngsters and adults for generations. It was also made into a 1979 movie starring Kelly Reno as Alec.

    Alec Scudder (Maurice) Alec is the object of desire of Maurice Hall in E. M. Forster’s story of the love between two men, Maurice, written in 1914 but, due to the sensitive nature of its theme, not published until 1971, posthumously. (It was made into a movie of the same name in 1987, with Rupert Graves in the part of Alec.) Maurice is trying, unsuccessfully, to change his sexual orientation, when he visits a country home and encounters the young gamekeeper, Alec. (What is it about the pull of the upper-class English toward their gamekeepers?!) Naturally, after their episode together, Maurice panics, mistreats Alec, and is subject to Alec’s blackmailing. One doesn’t have much to lose as a gamekeeper, after all. Maurice, unable to be “cured” of his “affliction”, considers leaving the country. All is resolved, however, if only in a clandestine way, when Alec and Maurice vow their love for each other and throw their fates together. That fate, alas, means they become woodcutters (and Maurice with his university education!), but presumably, they are happy woodcutters together. We may assume that the character of Alec represents true, unfettered nature, free of the stifling mores of the upper classes.

  • Popular Songs on Alec

    Popular Songs on Alec

    Alec Eiffel - a song by The Pixies

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Alec

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Alec

    Alec and His Flying Bed (Simon Buckingham) - Sent to his room for bringing an old, rusty bed into the house, Alec prepares himself for a boring evening until the bed takes him on an exciting trip high above the ground. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Alec's Primer (Mildred Pitts Walter) - As a young boy born into slavery in Virginia, Alec Turner was forbidden to learn to read. Naturally he was frightened when Zephie, his owner's granddaughter, first offered to teach him, but she told him that if he learned to read, he could become a free man. As Alec mastered the alphabet from a small primer, Zephie lit in him a spark of hope, which became a flame. Alec's Primer is based on the true story of Alec Turner (1845-1923), who learned to read and, eventually, just as Zephie predicted, became a free man. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    An Alec Flint Mystery #1: Nina, the Pinta, and the Vanishing Treasure (Jill Santopolo) - Join Alec Flint for his first case as he becomes the most undercover detective in Laurel Hollows in this repackaged paperback edition with brand new interior art! Alec Flint is practicing to be a super sleuth. He's even got a pair of super sleuth pants with lots of pockets to hide his detective tools, and a sidekick, Gina, who's a little bit bossy, but a really great detective and friend. When his dad, a local police officer, tells Alec the Christopher Columbus exhibit has gone missing from the town museum, Alec is on the case! Recommended for ages 7-10.

    An Alec Flint Mystery #2: The Ransom Note Blues (Jill Santopolo) - Laurel Hollows's most undercover sleuth is back on the trail of an exciting new mystery! Will Alec Flint be able to crack the case of the missing something? Alec Flint is a super sleuth in training, with one mystery under his belt, and a really great partner named Gina. When Gina's mom, a local newspaper reporter, gets a ransom note at work, Alec and Gina are on the case. The note claims that something belonging to the whole town has been stolen…but that something could be anything! The partners do their best to spend as much time as possible sleuthing, but their schoolwork keeps getting in the way. The entire fourth grade is doing a unit on the abstract artist Jackson Pollock that's sponsored by a distant relative of Pollock's. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Making the Team: The Alec London Series (Stephanie & Derrick Moore) - Alec London is a fourth grader whose world is spinning out of control. On the first day of fourth grade, Alec gets picked on by his classmate, Tyrod, because his dad is the school’s new assistant principal. Alec, refusing to become the "principal's pet," attempts to fix things by lashing out at Tyrod. As a result he is sent to the principal's office where he receives a lecture on anger from his dad. Alec finds himself struggling even more when his mom decides to move to L.A. to pursue an acting job, leaving her family behind. Alec's grandma moves in with them after his mother leaves to help keep the family going until she comes back; Alec is not happy about these developments. Alec's dad suggests that he try out for the school football team. When Alec makes the team, beating out his brother Antoine for a starting position, there is trouble. Through football, lessons from his father, and the story of Joseph, Alec learns that God allows things to happen in people's lives to help them grow. The next books in this series are: Learning the Rules, Going the Distance, Winning the Battle, and Taking the Lead. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    The Black Stallion (Walter Farley) - First published in 1941, Walter Farley's best-selling novel for young readers is the triumphant tale of a boy and a wild horse. From Alec Ramsay and the Black's first meeting on an ill-fated ship to their adventures on a desert island and their eventual rescue, this beloved story will hold the rapt attention of readers new and old. Recommended for ages 10-14.

  • Famous People Named Alec

    Famous People Named Alec

    Famous People Named Alec - Alec Baldwin (actor); Alec Guinness (actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Alec

    Children of Famous People Named Alec

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Alec - Mary Hart (TV personality); Kate Mulgrew (actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Alec - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Alec - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Alec.

Personality of the Boy Name Alec

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Alec

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