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since 1880
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5k
in the U.S.
in 2010

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 587 8 579
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 640 0 640
1946 706 0 706
1947 807 11 796
1948 775 10 765
1949 739 10 729
1950 761 9 752
1951 703 9 694
1952 707 7 700
1953 727 12 715
1954 750 8 742
1955 720 6 714
1956 816 7 809
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 1,283 13 1,270
1963 1,316 8 1,308
1964 1,258 14 1,244
1965 1,261 12 1,249
1966 1,030 6 1,024
1967 1,144 13 1,131
1968 1,177 15 1,162
1969 1,228 13 1,215
1970 1,420 15 1,405
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 1,637 22 1,615
1978 1,491 17 1,474
1979 1,671 19 1,652
1980 1,708 29 1,679
1981 1,905 32 1,873
1982 2,009 46 1,963
1983 2,180 27 2,153
1984 3,108 85 3,023 #94 boy name
1985 3,987 85 3,902 #80 boy name
1986 5,248 142 5,106 #64 boy name
1987 6,251 211 6,040 #60 boy name
1988 6,670 269 6,401 #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 7,633 393 7,240 #50 boy name
1995 7,862 440 7,422 #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 6,981 237 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 7,048 241 6,807 #63 boy name
2005 6,709 229 6,480 #71 boy name
2006 6,900 234 6,666 #67 boy name
2007 6,459 191 6,268 #73 boy name
2008 5,560 167 5,393 #84 boy name
2009 5,334 173 5,161 #83 boy name
2010 4,600 171 4,429 #93 boy name
2011 4,190 167 4,023 #95 boy name
2012 3,979 130 3,849 #99 boy name
2013 3,685 146 3,539
2014 3,330 160 3,170
2015 3,270 185 3,085

Fun Facts about the name Alex

  • How many people with the first name Alex have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 272,855 babies born with the first name Alex in the United States. That's more than enough people named Alex to occupy the territory of New Caledonia (France) with an estimated population of 259,000 (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 7,636 babies. That's a lot of babies named Alex!
  • Random Alex Factoid: According to the 1997 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Alex ranks 53rd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Rhode Island. Imagine that, 28 babies in Rhode Island have the same name as you in 1997.
  • 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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Common last names for Alex

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  • 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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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.

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

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 Rodriguez

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

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Alex Trebek

Alex Trebek is a television personalitygame show host actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1963 to present. Alex was born in 1940 as George Alexander Trebek in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.

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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 Ferguson

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

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Other Inspirations for the Name Alex

Alex And Ani
Alex And Sierra
Alex Ovechkin
Alex Vause
Alex Morgan
Alex Jones

Notable Persons With the Last Name Alex

Alex

Alex was born in 1977.

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What does the name Alex mean?

Ais for activities, for you have many.

Lis for little, the little things you do.

Eis for enchant, for enchant you will.

Xis for Xanadu, your place of paradise.

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