Gender: Male Meaning of Alec: "defending men" Origin of Alec: Diminutive of Alexander, Greek Alec's Popularity in 2019: #544

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.

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Rank in US: #544

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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