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Defender of mankind
Characteristics of Alexandria
Etymology & Historical Origin - Alexandria
Alexandria (a variant of the female Alexandra) is a name influenced by the city in Egypt which was founded by Alexander the Great in 322 B.C. and named in his honor. Alexander is the Latin form of the Greek name “Alexandros”. The name’s meaning is interpreted from the Greek “alexein” which means “to defend” plus “andros” which translates to “man, warrior” in a relationship or possessive form. Hence the meaning: ‘defender of men or mankind’. Alexander the Great was King of Macedon in the 4th century B.C.; you’d be hard pressed to find a warrior more legendary than this man. Alexander the Great founded the city of Alexandria with the intention of making a great Hellenistic center of the world and a link between Greece and the rich Nile Valley. After laying its foundation as Egypt’s main Greek city, Alexander would leave Alexandria never to return again (for more information on Alexander the Great, see historical figures below). In ancient times, the city of Alexandria was the greatest cultural center, rivaled only by Rome. As a given name, Alexandria developed as a place name mainly in the United States, with cities in Virginia, Minnesota and Louisiana as its namesake.
Popularity of the Name Alexandria
Alexandria first appeared on the U.S. popularity charts in 1969. The name languished on the charts during the 1970s but saw some significant jumps in the 1980s. It’s not clear what might have influenced Alexandria’s success in that decade, but it ascended over 700 positions on the charts. The height of the name’s popularity came in the 1990s, during which time it landed a spot on the Top 100 list of most commonly used girl names. As we’ve entered the 21st century, the name has been losing steam and fell off the Top 200 list only recently. Alexandria is a rare example of a five-syllable name, and as such, it’s quite breathtaking. Americans are given to naming their children after places (think Savannah, Paris, Brooklyn) and Alexandria is one of the most ancient locations a parent can select for their child. Alex names are also quite popular (think Alexandra, Alexis, Alexa), but Alexandria takes the cake in terms of the most fanciful version of the Alexander the Great.
Popularity of the Girl Name Alexandria
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Alexandria
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Alexandria
Alexandria We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Alexandria.
Popular Songs on Alexandria
Alexandria As Our Lens - a song by Socratic
Children's Books on the Baby Name Alexandria
Alexandria of Africa (Eric Walters) - For Alexandria Hyatt having a fabulous life is easy: she knows what she wants and she knows how to get it. Being glamorous and rich is simply what she was born to be. When Alexandria is arrested for shoplifting, having to drag herself into court to face a judge just seems like a major inconvenience. But Alexandria has been in trouble before–and this time she can’t find a way to scheme out of the consequences. Before she knows it, she’s on a plane headed to Kenya where she has been ordered to work for an international charity. Over 7,000 miles away from home with no hot water, no cell phone reception, no friends or family, Alexandria is confronted with a land as unfamiliar as it is unsettling. Over the course of her month in Africa, Alexandria will face a reality she could never have imagined, and will have to look inside herself to see if she has what it takes to confront it. Recommended for ages young adult.
The Library of Alexandria (Kelly Trumble) - It's hard to find an untouched topic in children's nonfiction, but this comes close. The library at Alexandria was the most famous in the ancient world, a center of learning, a place where much original research in astronomy, anatomy, mathematics, and science was done. Trumble begins with Alexander, who wanted to build a great city in Egypt, but died before it was finished. It was one of his successors who built the library and stocked it with a vast collection of books, some obtained through nefarious means. Succeeding chapters describe the research done at the site, the most interesting, perhaps, being the work of Herophilus, who became an expert in human anatomy by practicing vivisection in order to learn more. Some of the attractively illustrated, full-page color paintings are full of activity; others are more stilted, simply showing people in discussion. In either case, however, the art has a younger feel than the strong, interesting text. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Famous People Named Alexandria
Famous People Named Alexandria - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Alexandria.
Children of Famous People Named Alexandria
Famous People who Named their Daughter Alexandria - Adolph Caesar (actor); David Bowie (musician); Iman (model); Keith Richards (musician); Randy Johnson (baseball player)
Alexandria - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Alexander the Great (4th Century B.C.) - All “Alex” names are essentially descended from this man, so we felt it was appropriate to include him as a historical figure under the name Alexandria. 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 Empire. 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 Girl Name Alexandria
The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done. They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.
Variations of the Baby Name - Alexandria