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Defender of mankind
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Etymology & Historical Origin - Alessandro
Alessandro is the Italian form of Alexander. Alexander is the Latinized form of the ancient Greek name “Alexandros”, composed of the elements “alexein” meaning “to defend” and “andros” meaning “man, warrior” in the possessive sense which brings us to the full meaning of Alessandro: “defender of mankind”. The most famous bearer was Alexander the Great, King of Macedon in the 4th century B.C.; he was (and is) considered the greatest military general of all time. Alexander the Great successfully defeated the Persian Empire in its entirety, expanding his empire east to India and south to Egypt, spreading and infusing Hellenistic culture far and wide. His “great” name was adopted throughout Europe in many different languages dating back to the classical era. Indeed, Alexander and his linguistic brethren are among the most enduring and time-tested of all ancient names in Western Civilization. Some of Alexander’s linguistic variants include Alexandros (ancient Greek); Aleksander (Scandinavian); Alexandre (French); Alistair (Scottish); Alejandro (Spanish) and Aleksandr or Sasha in Russian. Diminutives for Alessandro (Italian) include Ale and Sandro. Currently, Alessandro is the #2 most popular baby boy’s name in Italy (only Francesco has him beat).
Popularity of the Name Alessandro
Although we saw large numbers of Italian immigration to the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Italian name Alessandro did not appear on America’s Top 1000 list of baby boy names until 1998. Since that time, the name has increased in popularity mainly due to a trendy interest in Italian names – it’s still a low-moderate choice in terms of usage. Alessandro’s highest position on the charts to-date came in 2006 at #616 out of 1000 (making him a rather uncommon name nationwide). Still, many parents with and without Italian ancestry are looking to Italy for inspiration. Names like Francesco, Matteo, Giovanni and Luca, for instance, have all done relatively well in more recent years. No wonder American parents are drawn to Italian names for both their sons and daughters – they are upbeat, lyrical, romantic and ultra cosmopolitan.
Popularity of the Boy Name Alessandro
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Alessandro
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Alessandro
Alessandro We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Alessandro.
Popular Songs on Alessandro
Alessandro - an opera composed by George Frideric Handel
Children's Books on the Baby Name Alessandro
Alessandro - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character named Alessandro.
Famous People Named Alessandro
Famous People Named Alessandro - Alessandro Volta (Italian physicist/inventor of the battery); Alessandro Del Piero (Italian footballer); Alessandro Scarlatti (Italian composer); Alessandro Petacchi (Italian cyclist); Alessandro Manzoni (Italian poet/writer); Alessandro Nesta (Italian footballer); Alessandro Stratta (celebrity chef); Alessandro Safina (Italian opera tenor)
Children of Famous People Named Alessandro
Famous People who Named Their Son Alessandro - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Alessandro.
Personality of the Boy Name Alessandro
The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.
Variations of the Baby Name - Alessandro