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Gender: M Meaning of Alexander: "defending men" Origin of Alexander: Greek Alexander's Popularity in 2015: #8

Alexander has been in the Top 25 since 1991, and is still at a high Number 8. The noble Alexander has led to the popularity of so many spinoffs, such as Alex, Zander, Xan and Zan -- not to mention all the female versions -- that it almost feels as if the name world's been Alextrified out. But namers are still attracted to its imposing historic pedigree.

According to Greek legend, the first Alexander was Paris, who was given the nickname Alexander by the shepherds whose flocks he defended against robbers. He was followed by Alexander the Great, aka Alexander III, who conquered much of Asia. A royal name in Scotland, it is still highly popular there. In Gaelic, the name became Alasdair; in Spain, Alejandro; and in Italy, Alessandro.

Among the many notable Alexanders in history, standouts are Hamilton, Graham Bell, Fleming, Pope and Haig.

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber's Alexander is known as Sasha.

Famous People Named Alexander

Alexander the Great, Macedonian conqueror
Alexander I and II, Emperors of Russia
Alexander, King of Greece
Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish inventor of the telephone
(Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich) Alexander von Humboldt, German biogeographer
Alexander Calder, American sculptor
Alexander William Gaskarth, singer of pop/punk band All Time Low
Alexander Ludwig, Canadian actor
Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand, King of the Netherlands
Alexander Meigs Haig, United States general and Secretary of State
Alexander Pope, English poet
Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary War general, first Secretary of the Treasury and American Founding Father
Alexander Rae "Alec" Baldwin, American actor
Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgard, Swedish actor
Alexander, Jewish leader (Acts 4:6)
Alexander Cameron Rutherford, Canadian politician; 1st Premier of Alberta
Alexander, Bishop of Lincoln
Alexander Igoryevich Rybak, Belarusian-Norwegian singer-songwriter
Alexander Jerome Gould, American voice actor
Alexander David "Alex" Turner, English lead singer of Arctic Monkeys
Alexander David "Alex" Linz, American actor
Alexander Peden, Scottish Covenanter preacher
Alexander James "AJ" McLean, American singer of the Backstreet Boys
Alexander Armstrong, English comedian and presenter
Alexander Masters, English author
Alexander Dimmi, Yugoslavian singer
Alexander Biehn, son of American actor Michael Biehn
Alexander Kapranos, lead singer of Scottish band Franz Ferdinand
Talus Alexander Meraz, son of American actor Alex Meraz
Alexander "Alex" Hirsch, creator of Disney cartoon "Gravity Falls" and Actually Satan
Miss J. Alexander, runway coach on "America's Next Top Model"
Alexander Instøy, member of Norwegian boy band The Main Level
Alexander Vail "Alex" Eckstein, American child actor (identical triplet brother of Benjamin & Caleb)
Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko, President of Belarus
Alexander Massialas, American fencer
Alexander Gamelin, American-born ice dancer who represents South Korea
Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård, Swedish actor
Alexander Thomas "Alex" Castle, German music producer of "Twoloud"
Alexander Puck (b. 2006), son of Austrian-born American celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck
Alexander "Sasha" Pete Schrieber (b. 2007), son of American actor Liev Schrieber and English actress Naomi Watts
Alexander David Conrod (b. 2010), son of Colombian fashion journalist Nina García
Alexander "Zander" Rafahi Mehran, III (b. 2011), son of American model Maggie Rizer
Alexander "Jack" John Buckley Ford (b. 2012), son of American fashion designer Tom Ford
Alexander Frost Brown (b. 2014), son of country music singer Zac Brown

Pop Culture References for the name Alexander

Alexander Rozhenko, Worf's son on TV's "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
Dr. Alexander "Alex" Karev, character on TV's "Grey's Anatomy"
Alexander "Xander" Harris, main character on TV's "Buffy The Vampire Slayer"
Alexander "Alec" Lightwood, character in 'The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
Alexander Ashford, character in the Resident Evil video game series
Alexander von Brennenburg, character in video game "Amnesia: The Dark Descent"
Alexander "Alex" Mercer, character in video game series Prototype
Sir Alexander Dane/Dr. Lazarus, character in movie "Galaxy Quest"
Alexander Szukalski, character from "Night Trains" by Barbara Wood
Alexander Goth, character in "The Sims" (1.2,4) video/computer games
Alexander "Alex" Summers, also known as Havok, character in "X-Men"
Alexander, a maleficent, ancient deity in the video game Final Fantasy XI
"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," children's book by Judith Viorst and 2014 movie

Alexander's International Variations

Alexei, Sasha, Aleksandr, Shura, Sanya (Russian) Alessandro, Sandro (Italian) Alexios, Alexandros (Greek) Alasdair, Alistair (Scottish Gaelic) Sándor (Hungarian) Alexio (Portuguese) Alexandre (French) Alastar (Irish Gaelic) Alejandro (Spanish) Alexandru (Romanian)