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Quick Facts on Alex

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Greek
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 110
Simple meaning:
Defender of mankind

Characteristics of Alex

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Alex

 Alex is primarily the short form of Alexander and Alexandra, both of which are derived from the Greek Αλεξανδρος (Alexandros) meaning “defender of mankind” from the elements “alexein” (to defend, protect) and “andros” (man – in a genitive or possessive form).  The name is also related to the Greek “alkimos” meaning “strong” and “alke” meaning “protection, help, power, courage.”  The man behind the successful endurance of the name was none other than Alexander the Great, King of Macedon in the 4th century B.C.; he was (and still 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, and having a profound impact on the future of Western Civilization. In his short 33 years on earth, Alexander the Great never lost one battle. His legendary deeds were so renowned in the ancient world that later Roman Emperors strove to emulate him or fashion their own legacies after him. Tales of Alexander the Great’s celebrated triumphant battles continued to be told from the Classical Era up through the Middle Ages and into modern times, keeping his name fresh in the minds of all Westerners. Indeed, Alexander and his linguistic brethren are among the most enduring and time-tested of all ancient names in Western Civilization. 

Popularity of the Name Alex

 As a stand-alone name, Alex has been bestowed on baby boys for well over a century (less so on baby girls). Some parents prefer the minimalistic two-syllable Alex to the fancy four-syllable Alexander. Still, as a nickname, Alex is quite ubiquitous among people of both genders.  As a given name in its own right, Alex was most popular in the mid-1990s reaching as high as #47 on the male naming charts (1995). Alexander, however, has always been more popular (today he’s a Top 10 favorite). Like Ben, Sam or Max, some parents just prefer the more relaxed shortened versions of names. Alex is a strong name choice – a timeless classic.
Popularity of the Boy Name Alex
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Alex

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Alex

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Alex

    Alex (A Clockwork Orange) Alex is the protagonist/ narrator in Anthony Burgess’ compelling 1962 bestselling novel, A Clockwork Orange, adapted by Stanley Kubrick in 1971 into an equally riveting, award winning film of the same name. Alex and his juvenile delinquent pals (“droogs”) live in a vaguely futuristic British society overrun with narcissistic youthful violence that the State tries its best to control by one means or another. Alex is a leader among his peers – he calls the shots and enforces the rules – and this includes malice and mayhem of every variety. Our primeval anti-hero is capable of theft, assault, rape, murder and just about anything else that might occur to him, all cheerfully accompanied by the majestic chords of Beethoven that are so beloved to him. Alex is eventually apprehended by the authorities and incarcerated; he then becomes a subject for state-administered aversion therapy, designed to make even the thought of violence abhorrent and nauseating to him. Unfortunately, the therapy is doled out with the music of – you guessed it – Beethoven. Suddenly the only beauty (albeit indefinable as such) in his life goes the way of the bad – and what is left of Alex?! Can evil be trumped outside the definition of free will? Is human nature malleable? Is violence an inevitable part of the human psyche? Is innocence attainable, let alone retrievable? Mr. Burgess and Mr. Kubrick disagreed on his final fate – we will leave it to you to decide. There is no question, however, of the indelibility of Alex’s mark upon his world.

  • Popular Songs on Alex

    Popular Songs on Alex

    Alex - a song by Ghostface Killah

    Alex Chilton - a song by The Replacements

    Bye, Bye, Alex - a song by Die Toten Hosen

    Smart Alex - a song by The Adicts

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Alex

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Alex

    Alex and Lulu: Two of a Kind (Lorena Siminovich) - Meet best friends Alex and Lulu. Alex loves having noisy, exciting adventures, and Lulu likes painting and making things. Even though they are different, they always have fun together. Until Alex begins to worry that they might be TOO different — that they might actually be opposites! Discover what opposites really are in this quirky story that celebrates differences. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand (Liz & Jay Scott) - Using rhymes and bright, whimsical pictures, Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand tells a sweet, true story of a little girl named Alex. Faced with a problem, she comes up with a plan—she will sell lemonade from a lemonade stand. This story shows how the small act of one person can have an impact on many people. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Alex and the Amazing Time Machine (Rich Cohen) - Alex Trumble is a pretty ordinary kid—except for the fact that his IQ borders on genius, and he loves to read books on vortexes and time travel. But when two angry hit men kidnap his big brother Steven, Alex’s life changes fast. Inventing a time machine (using an iPod, mirrors, duct tape, and a laser pointer) is only half the battle. With the help of the time-bending Dingus, Alex and his best friend Todd must travel back in time to collect clues, outwit the bad guys, and race against the clock to save his family from total oblivion. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Alex the Alligator (Melissa Story Haycraft) - Alex the Alligator was different than his family. He wanted to be friends with all the animals in the swamp. After setting out to find new friends, Alex learns of a dangerous plot against his father. Will he be able to convince the other swamp animals to protect his dad in time? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Alex the Ant Goes to the Beach (Eric Wayne Dickey) - Incorporating adventure and science, Alex the Ant Goes to the Beach is about a young and curious ant named Alex who aspires to be a great scout for Queen Aziza. He dons his sailor suit and eagerly volunteers as a lookout for the beach work crew. Along the way, Alex is warned by Aloysius, the old sea captain, about the dangers that lurk in the world outside the safety of their home called Underwood. This children s picture book introduces young entomologists to the ecology of ants and is a delight to readers of all ages. Recommended for ages 5-7.

    Run Alex Run (Natalie Finnigan) - Alex, Dragon and Spider all love to race, but can't agree on what sort of race to have. Will they find a race to suit them all? And what could the winner's prize be? Recommended for ages 2-6.

  • Famous People Named Alex

    Famous People Named Alex

    Famous People Named Alex - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Alex. For example, famous people with the name Alex (e.g., Alex Rodriguez) were born Alexander.

  • Children of Famous People Named Alex

    Children of Famous People Named Alex

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Alex - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Alex.

  • Historic Figures

    Alex - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Boy Name Alex

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Alex

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