Alexander Name Meaning

Scottish, English, German, Dutch; also found in many other cultures: from the personal name Alexander, classical Greek Alexandros, which probably originally meant ‘repulser of men (i.e. of the enemy)’, from alexein ‘to repel’ + andros, genitive of aner ‘man’. Its popularity in the Middle Ages was due mainly to the Macedonian conqueror, Alexander the Great (356–323 bc)—or rather to the hero of the mythical versions of his exploits that gained currency in the so-called Alexander Romances. The name was also borne by various early Christian saints, including a patriarch of Alexandria (ad c.250–326), whose main achievement was condemning the Arian heresy. The Gaelic form of the personal name is Alasdair, which has given rise to a number of Scottish and Irish patronymic surnames, for example McAllister. Alexander is a common forename in Scotland, often representing an Anglicized form of the Gaelic name. In North America the form Alexander has absorbed many cases of cognate names from other languages, for example Spanish Alejandro, Italian Alessandro, Greek Alexandropoulos, Russian Aleksandr, etc. (For forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988.) It has also been adopted as a Jewish name.

List of People with Surname Alexander

Based on our public records, there are a total of 159,515 people with the surname Alexander. Among these people surnamed Alexander, there are approximately 4,868 different names, with an average of 32 people who share the same name. Linda Alexander, John Alexander and Richard Alexander are the top three most common names from the list of people surnamed Alexander, with 1,283, 1,229 and 1,099 people respectively.

Moreover, Our data shows that Texas has the most people surnamed Alexander, with a total of 17,359 people, and there are a total of 2,627 different names among these people. California is the second-most populous state for people with the surname Alexander, with a total of 14,523 people and an average of 2,452 different names.