Alex

First Name
279k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
5k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Alex mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Alex

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

Wiktionary

Short form of 'Alexander', from Latin Alexander, from Ancient Greek Ἀλέξανδρος (Aléxandros) 'he who wards off men', i.e. protector, possibly of Hittite origin. Also from 'Alexius', from the same Ancient Greek root, alexios "helping, defending". These two origins of Alex are indistinguishable in most languages.

  1. A male given name, possibly after Alexander the Great.
  2. A female given name, short form of Alexandra or the female name Alexis, or a spelling variant of Alix.

Alex was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Alex

Alex Jones is a radio personality, film producer, and radio host. Alex was given the name Alexander Emerick Jones on February 11th, 1974 in Dallas, Texas, United States.

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Alex Rodriguez is a baseball player for the New York Yankees. Alex was born on July 27th, 1975 in New York City.

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Sir Alex Ferguson is a soccer player for the Queen's Park F.C., St Johnstone F.C., Dunfermline Athletic F.C., Rangers F.C., Falkirk F.C., Ayr United F.C., Scottish Football League XI, and Scotland national football team. Alex was born on December 31st, 1941 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Alex Haley was a writer. Alex was given the name Alexander Murray Palmer Haley on August 11th, 1921 in Ithaca, New York, U.S. He left this life on February 10th, 1992.

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Alex Turner is an indie rock musician and singer-songwriter. His most notable accomplishments were from 2002 to present. Alex was given the name Alexander David Turner on January 6th, 1986 in High Green, Sheffield, England.

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Alex Pettyfer is an actor, model, and model (people). He was most active from 2005 to present. Alex was given the name Alexander Richard Pettyfer on April 10th, 1990 in Stevenage.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Alex

Alex was born in 1976. They passed away on September 6th, 2007.

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Lalu Alex is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1978 to present. Lalu was born Lalu Alex on November 30th, 1954 in Piravom. Lalu is also known as Laluchayan.

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Gus was born on April 1st, 1916. He passed away on July 24th, 1998.

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Francisco Alex is a soccer player for the Rio Preto Esporte Clube, Associação Atlética Internacional (Limeira), Associação Atlética Flamengo, Grêmio Barueri Futebol, Osvaldo Cruz Futebol Clube, Associação Ferroviária de Esportes, São Paulo FC, Sport Club do Recife, Paulista Futebol Clube, and Rio Bra. Francisco was born on December 23rd, 1983 in Vitorino Freire, Brazil.

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Dr. M.M. Alex was an actor and human life scientist. Dr. was given the name Mathew Mullasseril Alex on May 25th, 1959 in Kottayam. Dr. is also known as Dr M M Alex. He breathed his last breath on June 23rd, 2015.

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Wehrley Alex is an actress, model, tv host, and news anchor.She has had major accomplishments since 2009. Wehrley was born on July 29th, 1988 in Elm Grove, Wisconsin. Wehrley is also known as Wehrley and Alex.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 147 0 147 #93 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 #97 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 1,031 8 1,023
1922 1,010 8 1,002
1923 945 6 939
1924 984 5 979
1925 907 5 902
1926 814 10 804
1927 906 18 888
1928 806 6 800
1929 792 18 774
1930 772 13 759
1931 737 9 728
1932 689 5 684
1933 609 5 604
1934 634 11 623
1935 588 8 580
1936 563 0 563
1937 570 5 565
1938 608 5 603
1939 601 5 596
1940 625 6 619
1941 641 0 641
1942 686 6 680
1943 666 7 659
1944 627 7 620
1945 639 0 639
1946 706 0 706
1947 806 11 795
1948 775 10 765
1949 739 10 729
1950 761 9 752
1951 701 9 692
1952 708 7 701
1953 725 12 713
1954 751 8 743
1955 719 6 713
1956 816 7 809
1957 909 10 899
1958 1,031 14 1,017
1959 1,176 12 1,164
1960 1,245 17 1,228
1961 1,239 21 1,218
1962 1,284 13 1,271
1963 1,314 8 1,306
1964 1,255 14 1,241
1965 1,258 11 1,247
1966 1,031 6 1,025
1967 1,143 13 1,130
1968 1,178 15 1,163
1969 1,228 13 1,215
1970 1,418 15 1,403
1971 1,385 15 1,370
1972 1,202 17 1,185
1973 1,272 22 1,250
1974 1,413 25 1,388
1975 1,342 13 1,329
1976 1,385 24 1,361
1977 1,637 22 1,615
1978 1,491 17 1,474
1979 1,672 19 1,653
1980 1,711 29 1,682
1981 1,905 32 1,873
1982 2,010 46 1,964
1983 2,182 27 2,155
1984 3,111 85 3,026 #93 boy name
1985 3,988 86 3,902 #80 boy name
1986 5,251 143 5,108 #64 boy name
1987 6,251 210 6,041 #60 boy name
1988 6,673 269 6,404 #58 boy name
1989 6,779 241 6,538 #60 boy name
1990 7,193 250 6,943 #59 boy name
1991 7,041 369 6,672 #63 boy name
1992 7,714 366 7,348 #54 boy name
1993 8,060 423 7,637 #52 boy name
1994 7,633 393 7,240 #50 boy name
1995 7,863 440 7,423 #47 boy name
1996 7,262 351 6,911 #54 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 6,984 238 6,746 #62 boy name
2001 6,833 219 6,614 #62 boy name
2002 7,032 226 6,806 #63 boy name
2003 7,012 220 6,792 #62 boy name
2004 7,051 241 6,810 #63 boy name
2005 6,711 229 6,482 #71 boy name
2006 6,904 234 6,670 #67 boy name
2007 6,462 191 6,271 #72 boy name
2008 5,562 167 5,395 #84 boy name
2009 5,342 174 5,168 #83 boy name
2010 4,601 171 4,430 #93 boy name
2011 4,197 167 4,030 #95 boy name
2012 3,987 130 3,857 #98 boy name
2013 3,690 146 3,544
2014 3,336 160 3,176
2015 3,284 185 3,099
2016 3,013 175 2,838
2017 2,766 188 2,578

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Popularity of Alex as a first name

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Popularity of Alex as a last name

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Common last names for Alex

  • Johnson
  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Jackson
  • Wilson
  • Thomas
  • Nagy
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • Walker
  • Thompson
  • White
  • Harris
  • Martin

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Alex U.S.
  White 54.49% 64.26%
  African American 18.66% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 15.80% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 2.89% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.05% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 6.12% 16.26%

Of Last Name Alex

People with the last name Alex are most frequently White, African American, or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Alex

  • What name lists does Alex rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Alex? Alex is the 265th most popular name of all time. As a last name Alex was the 6,242nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Alex have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 278,705 babies born with the first name Alex in the United States. That's more than enough people named Alex to occupy the territory of French Polynesia (France) with an estimated population of 277,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Alex? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 147 new born babies.
  • When was Alex first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Alex is Friday, June 30th, 1865.
  • What year had the most people named Alex born? The highest recorded use of the first name Alex was in 1993 with a total of 7,637 babies. That's a lot of babies named Alex!
  • Random Alex Factoid: According to the 1917 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Alex ranks 80th in popularity as a baby boy's name in New Jersey. Imagine that, 53 babies in New Jersey have the same name as you in 1917.
  • Weird things about the name Alex: Your name in reverse order is Xela. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ealx. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Alex? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,476 people with the last name Alex.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Alex? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Alex as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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