Meaning: Mankind’s defender
Alternate spellings: Alex, Alejandro, Xander, Zander, Alec, Alexis, Alessandro, Alexzander
Want to give your little boy a name to live up to? How about Alexander the Great? The name Alexander comes from the Latin form of the Greek name Alexandros, meaning “mankind’s defender,” and has been the moniker of a slew of heroes and leaders. In Greek mythology it was another name for the hero Paris and it’s also been the name used by dozens of monarchs, rulers, and popes. Alexander has spent much of the time since the 1880s in the top 100. Even with that long history, Alexander is currently at its most popular. Also popular are Alex, Alejandro, Alexis, Xander, Zander, Alec, and Alessandro.
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Rank of Similar Names in 2008