Alexander – University of Copenhagen


How many boys were given this name in 2009?

Alexander: 491
Aleksander: 24


The name Alexander is formed from a Greek word that means 'defender of men'.


Alexander became a very popular name in the beginning of the 1990s and its popularity culminated in 1994. After that its popularity diminished but in recent years it is increasing again.

Well-known bearers of the name

Alexander the Great, who died in 323 B.C., was King of Macedon and he conquered a large part of the (then known) world. Alexander is also the name of Pope Alexander I, who was canonised.


The name Sander, which is a short form of Alexander, has also become popular in recent years in spite of the fact that this name has not earlier been employed as a baptismal name in Denmark. In 2009 139 boys were given the name Sander.