Diminutive of Alexander, Greek
"defending men"

Alec Origin and Meaning

The name Alec is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "defending men".

Alec, though an old nickname for Alexander, is much fresher sounding than Alex, with the additional advantage, at least to some parents, of being distinctly male (there are as many girl Alexes these days as there are boys). While Alec has a clipped British image, it's actually one of the classic Greek names for boys, by way of father name Alexander.

Alec Baldwin is by far the best known current bearer of the name. In the past there have been actor Alec Guinness and writer Alec Waugh.

# 840 in the US

Alec Rank in US Top 1000

# 336 on Nameberry

Alec Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Alec Popularity

Famous People Named Alec

  • Alexander Frederick "Alec" DouglasHome, Baron Home of the Hirsel, British Prime Minister
  • Alexander Rae "Alec" Baldwin IIIAmerican actor
  • Alec Guiness (de Cuffe)English actor
  • Alec Su (Youpeng), Taiwanese actor and singer
  • Alec MusserAmerican actor and model
  • Alec BaillieAmerican bassist for bands Choking Victim, Agent 99, and Leftover Crack
  • Alec William Alfred StockEnglish footballer and manager
  • Alec EasonAustralian rules footballer
  • Alec BeallCanadian reality TV personality ("Big Brother Canada")
  • Alec MartinezAmerican hockey player
  • Alec PottsAustralian archer
  • Alec Richard Shifrinson of tv host and journalist Sara Haines
  • Alec Benjaminsinger/songwriter

Alec in Pop Culture

  • Alec Ramsaycharacter in "The Black Stallion" novel series and film/
  • Alec D'Urbervillecharacter in Thomas Hardy's "Tess of the D'Urbervilles"
  • Alexander "Alec" Lightwoodcharacter in "The Mortal Instruments" book and movie series and the "Shadowhunter's" TV series.
  • Alec Hardisoncharacter on TV's "Leverage"
  • Alec Hardymain character on British TV series "Broadchurch"
  • Alec Volturicharacter in the Twilight Saga
  • Alec Scuddercharacter in film "Maurice"
  • Aleccharacter from 'The Kill Order' by James Dashner
  • Alec Newburycharacter in "St. Elmo's Fire"
  • Alec Jesmondcharacter on TV's "Call the Midwife"
  • Alec Trevelyanvillain in 1995 James Bond film "GoldenEye"
  • Alec Sadlercharacter from Canadian TV series "Continuum"
  • Alec Holland aka Swamp ThingDC comics character
  • Alec Rydercharacter in the game "Mass Effect: Andromeda"