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The first name 

Alexander is a first name typically given to boys, but in rare cases also used as a girls name.

The name Alexander is very popular!

The first name Alexander is one of the top 100 most popular boys names in the US – currently at #11 in our SmartGenius ranking. Over 1,000 babies each year are named Alexander, accounting for approximately 0.70 % of all newborn boys. In total, there are currently 703,113 people – children, adults and seniors – named Alexander living in the United States, which is approximately 0.21 % of the entire population.

You won't believe all there is 
to discover about the name

What does the name 
Alexander mean?

The name Alexander comes from the Greek Ἀλέξανδρος Aléxandros and means ‘the one who defends men’ or also ‘the protector’. The meaning is derived from the Greek words ‘aléxō’ for ‘protect, defend’ and ‘anḗr, andrós’ for ‘man’.

Did you know… that the name Alexander is one of the oldest names still in use today. Thus, the character Paris of Troy, from the Iliad, is also known as Alexander.

Alexander has many famous namesakes

An actor

Alexander Skarsgård (*1976)
Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård is a Swedish actor, director and former model. He belongs to the famous Swedish acting family 'Skarsgård', which also includes Stellan (his father) and Bill (his brother). Alexander played the main role in 'The Northman' and the vampire 'Eric Northman' in the series 'True Bloods'.

An explorer

Alexander von Humboldt (1769 - 1859)
Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt was a German explorer with a field of activity that extended far beyond Europe. His body of work spanned seven decades and he became a co-founder of geography as an empirical science. He was the younger brother of Wilhelm von Humboldt.

An author

Mrs. Alexander (1825 - 1902)
Anne French Hector was an Irish writer known by her pseudonym Mrs. Alexander. She wrote several novels during her early life, her first, Kate Vernon, in 1854.

A tennis player

Alexander 'Sascha' Zverev (*1997)
He is a German tennis player as well as an Olympic champion, winning 19 singles titles to date - including the gold medal in singles at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 - as well as two competitions in doubles with his brother Mischa. Zverev also reached his only Grand Slam final to date at the 2020 US Open.

A king

Alexander the Great (356 BC - 323 BC)
Alexander the Great, also known as Alexander III of Macedonia was king of Macedonia and hegemon of the Corinthian League from 336 BC until his death.

A politician

Alexander Van der Bellen (*1944)
He is an Austrian economist, politician (independent, until 2016 The Greens) and since 2017 Federal President of the Republic of Austria. In the federal presidential election in 2022, he was confirmed in office with an absolute majority in the first round.

Go on a journey to places 
with your name

When you hear the name Alexander, you might first think of people. But did you know that there are also places with the name Alexander? Are you also called Alexander? Maybe one day you will visit the places that are named just like you...

In the U.S. state...

of New York there is a city with the name Alexander.

A mineral...

and mud spa in Bavaria carries the name Bad Alexanderbad.

A lake and a river...

in Australia are named Alexander. The Lake is man-made and located in the Northern Territory.

A church

The Evangelical Lutheran Alexander Church in Tampere carries the name of the Russian tsar and Grand Duke of Finland, Alexander II.

Alexander -
the USA would not be the same without him

The name Alexander is as much a part of the DNA of the USA as the Constitution, the Capitol and the Superbowl: Alexander is one of the few boys' names that have been given in the USA every year since the beginning of the name statistics, and thus since 1880. Of course, Alexander hasn't been equally popular in all 143 years - but it's just recently become especially beloved. In 2009 it was even ranked number 5 in our SmartGenius name statistics, making it one of the most popular boys' names in the entire United States.

In years where the graph has no value, the name Alexander was given less than five times or even none at all in the entire USA.

Alexander - in 2022 on rank 17 in the SmartGenius name statistics

In 2022 the name Alexander was given a total of 8,683 times in the USA, ranking #17 on the list of the most popular boys' names. It was least common in 1959 - back then only 1,172 expectant parents gave their child the name Alexander, ranking it #225 of all male names in our SmartGenius statistics, so there were 224 other boy names given more often in 1959.

Alexander -
well known in all states of the USA, most popular in Nevada

There are only 386 different male names registered in every single state in the U.S., and Alexander is one of them. However, Alexander is not equally widespread in all states, but people in Nevada seem to particularly fancy this name – the 5,096 men called Alexander who live here are 0,901% of all male residents and push their name up to #18 in our SmartGenius statistics, easily placing it in the top 100 most common male names in Nevada. If you look at all the states in the USA together, you can currently find as many as 703,113 people with the name Alexander. Across all regions and age groups, this lands Alexander on position 47 in our SmartGenius ranking of the top male names – of course, the current popularity as a baby name for newborns looks somewhat different, as you can see from the statistics above.

Alexander has 9 letters 
and begins with an A

Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter A is a very popular first letter for boys’ names. That’s because 9.0% of all common boys’ names in the US begin with this letter. Only the first letter J is more common for boys' names.

With nine letters, the name Alexander is relatively long compared to other names. In fact, 5.6% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly nine letters. 92% of all first names are shorter, while not even 2.5% of all boys’ and girls’ names use ten or more letters. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long with no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.

That means that if 9.0% of all boys' names start with an A, this initial letter occurs nearly three times as often as all other letters on average. And by the way: Of all the boys' names that start with an A, Anthony is the most common.

Other names with 
A, l, e, x, a, n, d, e and r

If you take all the letters in the name Alexander – A, l, e, x, a, n, d, e and r – and put them together again, you can form other names, such as Alexandre or others.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Alexander

If your name is Alexander and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...

This is how you spell the name Alexander

So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Alexander, you can simply say:










This is how the name Alexander is spelled in the NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO alphabet often helps people spell words on the phone or radio when there are communication problems.

How do you write Alexander in Braille?

Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.



You want to tell a deaf person that your name is Alexander

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Alexander is particularly colorful in the Semaphore flag signaling system!

These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.


Have you ever waved the name Alexander

In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.


Beeping like crazy...

In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Alexander sounds like this: