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Gender: Male Meaning of Alec: "defending men" Origin of Alec: Diminutive of Alexander, Greek Alec's Popularity in 2017: #507

The name Alec is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "defending men". Alec is ranked #507 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Classic Baby Names with a Twist and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Alec

Alexander Frederick "Alec" Douglas-Home, Baron Home of the Hirsel, British Prime Minister
Alexander Rae "Alec" Baldwin III, American actor
Alec Guiness (de Cuffe), English actor
Alec Su (You-peng), Taiwanese actor and singer
Alec Musser, American actor and model
Alec Baillie, American bassist for bands Choking Victim, Agent 99, and Leftover Crack
Alec William Alfred Stock, English footballer and manager
Alec Eason, Australian rules footballer
Alec Beall, Canadian reality TV personality ("Big Brother Canada")
Alec Martinez, American hockey player
Alec Potts, Australian archer

Pop Culture References for the name Alec

Alec Ramsay, character in "The Black Stallion" novel series and film/
Alec D'Urberville, character in Thomas Hardy's "Tess of the D'Urbervilles"
Alec Lightwood, character in "The Mortal Instruments" book and movie series and the "Shadowhunter's" TV series.
Alec Hardison, character on TV's "Leverage"
Alec Hardy, main character on British TV series "Broadchurch"
Alec Volturi, character in the Twilight Saga
Alec Scudder, character in film "Maurice"
Alec, character from 'The Kill Order' by James Dashner
Alec Newbury, character in "St. Elmo's Fire"
Alec Jesmond, character on TV's "Call the Midwife"
Alec Trevelyan, villain in 1995 James Bond film "GoldenEye"
Alec Sadler, character from Canadian TV series "Continuum"
Alec Holland aka Swamp Thing, DC comics character
Alec Ryder, character in the game "Mass Effect: Andromeda"

Alec's International Variations

Alick (Scottish) Alek (Russian)


Alaina Says:


I love the name Alec!! I like this way better than Alex, and Alexander!! How come they won't make an Alecander?

parfaite Says:


I just had an Alec in January. Truth be told, noone has said they loved his name, but I like it. It feels fresh to me, and much better than boring Alex. I think it goes well with his brothers names, too (Caleb, Liam, and Gabe (for Gabriel)).

eponina Says:


Much nicer alternative to Alex, and Alec Sadler was an amazing character in Continuum.

yourlocaldumpster Says:


Love it because Alec Lightwood, it's better than Alex.

Yessica Says:


I love it.

RoddyThlayli Says:


Alec is much better than Alex, in my opinion. I prefer it as a nickname for Aleczander or Aleksy, though.

hannahmd Says:


I love Alec as a nickname for Alexander. Much much better than the common Alex