Of Greek origin.

Short for Alexander or Alexandra.

Feminine forms of the name are Alexandra, Alexina, Alex, Alessandra, Alexa, Alexandrine, Allie, Lexa, Sanda, Sandra, Sandy, Sandie, Sandrina, Sascha, Zandra etc.

Variants are Alexandros, Aleksander, Alex, Alec, Alejandro, Alastair, Alister, Al, Lex, Sander, Xander, Santeri, Ale, Olek, Aca, Saša, Sasha, Iskandar, Xande, Xandinho.

Alex is a popular name in Ireland and Spain.

Famous male bearers are Alex O’Loughlin, Alex Ferguson, Alex Haley, Alex Rodriguez, Alex Ovechkin, Alex Turner.

Famous female bearer is Alex Kingston.

Alex Turner is an English singer, guitarist and songwriter.

He is the lead vocalist of the rock band Arctic Monkeys, one of the biggest U.K. bands of the millennium.