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Alex

  • Gender: Boy
  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Defender of the People
  • #267 All Time
Girls
Boys
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51k Alec (English)
41k Alexia (American)
5k Alexi (Slavic)
1k Alessa (Italian)
< 1k Alick (English)

How popular is the name "Alex" in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 147 0 147 #92 boy name
1881 114 0 114
1882 172 0 172 #89 boy name
1883 120 0 120
1884 148 0 148
1885 159 0 159 #92 boy name
1886 161 0 161 #96 boy name
1887 136 0 136
1888 167 0 167
1889 127 0 127
1890 147 0 147
1891 133 0 133
1892 163 0 163
1893 133 0 133
1894 152 0 152
1895 143 0 143
1896 165 0 165
1897 130 0 130
1898 149 0 149
1899 133 0 133
1900 192 0 192
1901 138 0 138
1902 154 0 154
1903 138 0 138
1904 169 0 169
1905 166 0 166
1906 176 0 176
1907 186 0 186
1908 199 0 199
1909 227 0 227
1910 256 0 256
1911 268 0 268
1912 482 0 482
1913 604 0 604
1914 789 0 789
1915 1,019 11 1,008
1916 1,102 8 1,094
1917 1,088 7 1,081
1918 1,215 8 1,207
1919 1,087 5 1,082
1920 1,081 11 1,070
1921 1,030 8 1,022
1922 1,010 8 1,002
1923 945 6 939
1924 984 5 979
1925 906 5 901
1926 814 10 804
1927 906 18 888
1928 807 6 801
1929 792 18 774
1930 772 13 759
1931 737 9 728
1932 690 5 685
1933 608 5 603
1934 634 11 623
1935 587 8 579
1936 563 0 563
1937 570 5 565
1938 608 5 603
1939 601 5 596
1940 624 6 618
1941 641 0 641
1942 686 6 680
1943 666 7 659
1944 626 7 619
1945 640 0 640
1946 707 0 707
1947 806 11 795
1948 776 10 766
1949 740 10 730
1950 758 9 749
1951 704 9 695
1952 707 7 700
1953 728 12 716
1954 750 8 742
1955 720 6 714
1956 817 7 810
1957 910 10 900
1958 1,031 14 1,017
1959 1,176 12 1,164
1960 1,246 17 1,229
1961 1,240 21 1,219
1962 1,284 13 1,271
1963 1,316 8 1,308
1964 1,257 14 1,243
1965 1,262 12 1,250
1966 1,031 6 1,025
1967 1,143 13 1,130
1968 1,176 15 1,161
1969 1,227 13 1,214
1970 1,421 15 1,406
1971 1,387 16 1,371
1972 1,204 17 1,187
1973 1,274 22 1,252
1974 1,412 24 1,388
1975 1,341 13 1,328
1976 1,385 24 1,361
1977 1,635 22 1,613
1978 1,489 17 1,472
1979 1,670 19 1,651
1980 1,705 28 1,677
1981 1,905 32 1,873
1982 2,009 46 1,963
1983 2,179 27 2,152
1984 3,109 85 3,024 #94 boy name
1985 3,986 85 3,901 #80 boy name
1986 5,248 142 5,106 #64 boy name
1987 6,251 211 6,040 #60 boy name
1988 6,669 269 6,400 #58 boy name
1989 6,779 241 6,538 #60 boy name
1990 7,191 250 6,941 #59 boy name
1991 7,041 369 6,672 #63 boy name
1992 7,714 366 7,348 #54 boy name
1993 8,059 423 7,636 #52 boy name
1994 7,632 393 7,239 #50 boy name
1995 7,862 440 7,422 #47 boy name
1996 7,262 351 6,911 #53 boy name
1997 7,177 322 6,855 #55 boy name
1998 7,230 279 6,951 #56 boy name
1999 7,104 278 6,826 #58 boy name
2000 6,981 237 6,744 #62 boy name
2001 6,832 219 6,613 #62 boy name
2002 7,031 226 6,805 #63 boy name
2003 7,011 220 6,791 #62 boy name
2004 7,044 241 6,803 #63 boy name
2005 6,708 229 6,479 #71 boy name
2006 6,900 234 6,666 #67 boy name
2007 6,458 191 6,267 #73 boy name
2008 5,560 167 5,393 #84 boy name
2009 5,332 173 5,159 #83 boy name
2010 4,599 171 4,428 #93 boy name
2011 4,189 167 4,022 #95 boy name
2012 3,975 129 3,846 #99 boy name
2013 3,681 146 3,535
2014 3,316 157 3,159

Want to know about the populiarty of Alex? From 1880 to 2014, the Social Security Administration has recorded 269,541 babies born with the name Alex in the United States. That's more than enough Alexes to occupy the territory of New Caledonia (France) with an estimated population of 259,000 (as of July 1, 2012). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 147 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Alex" was in 1993 with a total of 7,636 babies. (That's a lot of baby Alexes)

According to the 2000 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Alex" ranks #61 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Arkansas. Imagine that, 59 babies in Arkansas have the same name as you in 2000. Across the entire United States a total of 6,981 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Where is the name Alex popular?

The map shows the relative popularity of the name Alex in each of the states since 1950. Can you guess a name that was popular in the south west? Search for the name to check your answer!

Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Alex" mean? The list below shows the origins of Alex as well as things modernly associated with the name Alex such as celebrities named Alex.

English

Origin and Meaning of Alex

The name "Alex" is of English origin, and it means "Defender of the People". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Alex Pettyfer

Alex Pettyfer is an actor and model with the most prominent portion of his career being from 2 to present. Alex was born in 1990 as Alexander Richard Pettyfer in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England.

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Alex

Alex was born in 1977.

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Alex O'Loughlin

Alex O'Loughlin is an actor and writer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 2 to present. Alex was born in 1975 in Canberra, Australia.

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Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez is a MLB player. Alex was born in 1975 in New York City, New York.

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Alex Ferguson

Alex Ferguson is a football biography. Alex was born in 1941 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Álex Ubago

Álex Ubago is a singer-songwriter specializing in pop music with the most prominent portion of their career being from 2 to present. Álex was born in 1981 as Alejandro Martinez de Ubago Rodriguez in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Alava, Spain.

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Alternative Meanings

A is for acquaintance, the many friends you know.

L is for lively, your life is full of energy!

E is for electric, a sparkling trait!

X is for Xanadu, your place of paradise.

Your name in reverse order is "Xela". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Laxe". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

Past life for Alex born Feb 6, 1972

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Portugal approximately on 900. Your profession was monk, bee-keeper, and lone gunman.

As an inquisitive and inventive person, you liked to get to the very bottom of things and to rummage in books. Talent for drama, natural born actor. The world is full of ill and lonely people. You should help those, who are less fortunate than you are.

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Here's something for you to ponder on...

The Theory Behind The Name Game - Finding a good baby name is one of the dilemmas that plague parents who live in a modern setting. Parents do have the right to be conscious about the name.

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