[ 2 syll. a-lex, al-ex ] The baby boy name Alex is sometimes used as a girl name. It is pronounced in English as AEL-ahKS or in Dutch as AA-LahKS †. Alex is used predominantly in the English and German languages, and it is derived from Old Greek origins. Alex is a contraction of the name Alexander (Dutch, English, German, Hungarian, and Slavic).
See also the related form, Alexa.
Alex is a classic favorite. Today it is still a popular baby name for boys, though to a lesser extent than it was in the past. The name's popularity jumped from the 1950s up to the 1990s. Its usage peaked modestly in 1993 with 0.370% of baby boys being given the name Alex. Its ranking then was #52. The baby name has since declined in popularity. In 2018, its usage was 0.130% and its ranking #153. Among the group of boy names directly linked to Alex, Alexander was the most widely used. In 2018, its use outnumbered Alex's by 5 times. In the past century Alex has predominantly been a baby boy name. In 2004, 27 times as many baby boys than girls were given the name Alex.
† Pronunciation for Alex: AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; K as in "key (K.IY)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"
Details of famous persons named Alex:
Author Alex Comfort, born 10 February 1920 - 26 March 2000, London, England.
Author Alex Haley, born 11 August 1921 - 10 February 1992, Ithaca, New York.
Baseball Player Alex Rodriguez, born Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez, 27 July 1975, New York, New York.
Game Show Host Alex Trebek, born 22 July 1940, Ontario, Canada.