[ 2 syll. a-lec, al-ec ] The baby boy name Alec is pronounced as AEL-ehK †. Alec's language of origin is Old Greek, and it is used mainly in the English, Greek, and Scottish languages. This was first used as a diminutive of Alexander in the mid-19th century, particularly in Scotland. The name has been less popuar than Alex, possibly due to the colloquial term 'smart alec'.
Alec is a contraction (English, Greek, and Scottish) of Alexander (Dutch, English, German, Hungarian, and Slavic).
Alec has 19 variations that are used in English and foreign languages. Variations used in English include Aleck, Alecko, Aleckos, Aleco, Alecos, Aleik, Alek, Alekko, Aleko, Alekos, Alic, Alick, Alik, Alyc, Alyck, Alyk, and Elleck. The contraction Lec is another English variation. Elek (Hungarian) is a variation of Alec that is in foreign languages.
The origin and meaning of Alec is inherited by all variant forms.
Alec is fairly popular as a baby name for boys. The name's popularity jumped from the 1970s up to the 1990s. Its usage peaked modestly in 1995 with 0.170% of baby boys being given the name Alec. Its ranking then was #112. The baby name has since declined in popularity. In 2015, it ranked at #455 with a usage of only 0.033%. Among the group of boy names directly linked to Alec, Alexander was the most popular. Its use outnumbered Alec's by 22 times in 2015.
† Pronunciation for Alec: AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; K as in "key (K.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Alec:
Actor Alec Baldwin, born Alexander Rae Baldwin III, 3 April 1958, Massapequa, New York.
Actor Alec Guinness, born Alec Guinness de Cuffe, 2 April 1914 - 5 August 2000, London, England.
UK Prime Minister Alec Douglas-Home, born Alexander Frederick Douglas-Home, 2 July 1903 - 9 October 1995, Mayfair, Westminster, England.