Origin, Meaning, And History of Alejandro
The name Alejandro is a Spanish variant of the famous name Alexander and is derived from the Greek word Alexandros. The name combines two elements- ‘alexo’ meaning ‘to defend’ and ‘aner’ meaning ‘man.’ Therefore, the name signifies the ‘defender of mankind.’
The name Alexander has been mentioned several times in the Bible. In the New Testament, Alexander is the son of Cyrene, who was compelled to carry the cross of Jesus of Nazareth by the Romans. Alexander was also the coppersmith in the Bible, known for doing great harm to Paul. The name Alexander also comes into history as Alexander the Great, who created one of the largest empires and was the King of Macedonia. It is believed that he popularized the name throughout Europe. Several kings and emperors have used this name, and there have been eight popes who bore this name.
The name Alejandro has several variations like Aleksander in Czech or Polish, Alexandre in French, Alexandros in Greek, Alsander in Irish, and Aleksandr in Russian, with nicknames like Alek, Alekos, Alex, Alexis, Sander, and Alexei.
Alejandro is a popular name in Spanish-speaking countries of Spain and Latin America. The 1983 classic ‘Scarface’ starring the legendary Al Pacino, had Alejandro Sosa as the main villain. Actor Paul Shenar plays the Bolivian drug lord in the film. The 2006 TV series ‘Heroes’ had Alejandro Herrera on the run with his sister Maya from the Dominican Republic. Alejandro Murrieta is the name of the titular character Zorro, played by Antonio Banderas, in the 1998 film ‘The Mask of Zorro.’ In 2009, pop star Lady Gaga released her song ‘Alejandro’ from her album ‘The Fame Monster.’ The song is about Latino men whom she had once loved.
Compared to Alejandro, the root word Alexander and its short form Alex appears in several notable works. Pop star Selena Gomez plays Alexandra ‘Alex’ Russo, a fictional character and the protagonist of the sitcom ‘Wizards of Waverly Place.’ Alex, an African lion, is the main protagonist of the film ‘Madagascar’ and was named the most popular animal in the Central York Zoo. Alex is the name of the fifteen-year-old protagonist and narrator in Anthony Burgess’s novel ‘A Clockwork Orange’ portrayed by Malcolm McDowell.
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Famous People With The Name Alejandro
- Alejandro GomezArgentine football player, member of Argentina National Football team
- Alejandro MayorkasCuban-American official and the seventh attorney of the U.S Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
- Alejandro GonzalezMexican film director, known for making psychological drama films
- Alejandro ArandaAmerican singer and musician, popularly known as Scarypoolparty
- Alejandro EddaAmerican actor, known for his role as Marco Rodriguez in ‘Fear The Walking Dead.’
Alejandro On The Popularity Chart
The name Alejandro became popular in the US from the early to mid 2000s. Take a look at the graphs below to get a better understanding.
Popularity Over Time
Gaining popularity in the late 1990s, the name Alejandro reached its peak in 2001 with 4556 babies per million being named Alejandro.Source: Social Security Administration
Rank Over Time
In terms of ranking, the name has been on the decline in the ranking chart. It slipped to its lowest rank of 20675 in 2007 but recovered slightly to rank 17750 in 2021.Source: Social Security Administration
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