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Quick Facts on Alexander

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Greek, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 4
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 8
Simple meaning:
Defender of Men, Warrior

Characteristics of Alexander

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

Etymology & Historical Origin - Alexander

Alexander is the Latin form of the Greek name “Alexandros”. The name’s meaning is interpreted 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 the well-known King of the Greek-influenced Macedon dating back to the 4th century BC: Alexander the Great. You’d be hard pressed to find a warrior more legendary than this man. 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. There are over 40 Christian saints that bear the name Alexander.

Popularity of the Name Alexander

The name Alexander has maintained a Top 200 spot in terms of popularity for boys in the United States consistently in the past 130 years. It lost a little bit of footing between the 1920’s and the mid-1970’s, but then it gradually came back into power, hovering in the #20 spot until 2008 when it shot into the Top 10. There are many derivations and nicknames for the age-old name of Alexander which probably enhances its popularity, such as Alex, Xander, and even Sandy (Gaelic pet form) and Sasha (Russian). The popularity of this name also knows no gender boundaries, as the female version (Alexandra) has averaged #37 in popularity for the past 20 years. However, the male version maintains a more favorable position, probably due to the masculine attributes of the name which conveys a warrior-like image: brave, defender, lordly and valiant.
Popularity of the Boy Name Alexander
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Alexander

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Alexander

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Alexander

    Alexander We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Alexander.

  • Popular Songs on Alexander

    Popular Songs on Alexander

    Alexander the Great - a song by Iron Maiden

    Alexander the Medium - a song by Jefferson Airplane

    Alexander's Ragtime Band - a song by Irving Berlin

    Alexander's Ragtime Band - a song by Ray Charles

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Alexander

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Alexander

    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Judith Viorst) - Have you ever had a just a terrible day? You are sure to identify with Alexander! Recommended for ages 4-6.

    Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse (Leo Lionni) - Everyone loves Willy the wind-up mouse, while Alexander the real mouse is chased away with brooms and mousetraps. Wouldn't it be wonderful to be loved and cuddled, thinks Alexander, and he wishes he could be a wind-up mouse too. In this gentle fable about a real mouse and a mechanical mouse, Leo Lionni explores the magic of friendship. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move (Judith Viorst) - The rest of Alexander's family is moving a thousand miles away, but there's NO way Alexander is going to leave his best friend, his favorite babysitter, or all the places and people he's known all his life. Even if he has to live in a tree house or a tent or a cave! Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings (Ursula Le Guin) - Wonderful Alexander, the kitten who is the biggest, strongest, and loudest in his family, thinks he is destined for wonderful things. No sooner has he set out to explore on his own than he is chased up a tree and stuck there. His rescuer, Jane, a black kitten with wings, leads him to her home, where Alexander meets the other Catwings. Alexander soon learns how he can repay Jane, who has been so wonderful to him. He helps Jane confront her greatest fear. Recommended for ages 5-9.

  • Famous People Named Alexander

    Famous People Named Alexander

    Famous People Named Alexander - Alexander Graham Bell (inventor); Alexander Fleming (medicine); Alexander the Great (legendary military general); Alexander Haig (politician)

  • Children of Famous People Named Alexander

    Children of Famous People Named Alexander

    Famous People who Named their Son Alexander - Aristotle Onassis (tycoon); Chris Evert (tennis player); Cleopatra (Queen of Egypt); Colleen Dewhurst (actress); James Caan (actor); Lauren Holly (actress); Leonard Bernstein (composer/conductor); Liev Schreiber (actor); Lindsay Wagner (actress); Liz Claiborne (designer); Melanie Griffith (actress); Naomi Watts (actress); William Hurt (actor); Yakov Smirnoff (comic)

  • Historic Figures

    Alexander - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Alexander Hamilton (c. 11 Jan 1755 – 12 Jul 1804) - Alexander Hamilton is an important figure in United States history. After fighting in the Revolutionary War, not only did Hamilton go on to be one of our Founding Fathers, but he was also the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. Fittingly, his face appears on our $10 bill. True to his name "Alexander", he was a patriot, a soldier and a statesman. A blunt, practical man, he also had a temper which ultimately led to his dual with Aaron Burr and his subsequent death.

    Alexander the Great (4th Century B.C.) - It's been said that Alexander's father spoke these words: "My son, seek thee out a kingdom equal to thyself; Macedonia has not room for thee." Clearly, that's what Alexander went out to accomplish; and indeed, he did! By all accounts, Alexander is considered one of the greatest military generals of all time. During 12 years of epic battles, Alexander's empire spread from Greece to the Himalayas in northern India down to North Africa. His brief glory days were short-lived due to his untimely death at the age of 32. Alexander the Great was a contemporary of the early days of the Roman Republic. He was revered as an icon by the Roman Emperors who sought to emulate his success and legacy. It has been said that even Julius Caesar was jealous of Alexander the Great's accomplishments.

Personality of the Boy Name Alexander

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 - Alexander

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