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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.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Mcalexander, Callander, Levander, Lander, Leander, Melander, Mander

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Alexander Family Origin

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Alexander Family Occupations

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In 1880, the most common Alexander occupation in the USA was Farmer. 37% of Alexander's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Alexander family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Alexander.

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  • Farmer

    37%
  • Laborer

    9%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farm Laborer

    4%

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Alexander Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, Alexander life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Alexander in 1940 was 54, and 73 in 2004.

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