defender of mankind or defender of men or helper of mankind
I am happy to answer this question, as we named our oldest son Alexandre (Alex for short) , so of course, I have a very special liking for this name! One thing I particularly like about it, apart from its sound and its meaning, is the fact that it is very old as well as modern. It has a lot of history and heritage behind it, but it will never go out of fashion.
As you will guess, the meaning is the same in French and in English, as well as in the many forms it has in other languages, such as Alessandro in Italian, Alejandro in Spanish, Alexandr in Russian, Alexios in Greek etc, with all their shortened forms such as Alex, Alec, Sandy, Sacha, Alexis, etc. and also their feminine forms such as Alexandra, Alejandra, etc. , since it comes from the Greek "alexein" , meaning to defend
Here is a quote from the website below: "ALEXANDER (m) "defending men" (Greek). Alexander the Great of Macedonia is the most famous bearer of this
name. In the 4th century BC he built a huge empire out of Greece, Egypt, Persia, and parts of India. This was also the
name of emperors of Russia, kings of Scotland and Yugoslavia, and eight popes. Also, Sir Alexander MacKenzie was
an explorer of the north and west of Canada in the 18th century."
My Collins Gem Dictionary of First Names also says: "Alexander: from the Greek word meaning 'defender of men'. It was very popular in England in the Middle Ages, appearing often in the French form Alysaundre. In Scotland it has been widely used both in the English form and the Gaelic variants Alasdair, Alastair, Alistair and Alister, with the pronunciation (a'lister). Sandy is a common pet form. Short forms are Alex Alec and Lex."
Now don't you love this name as much as I do?