Last name: Alexander

This great and ancient name derives from the Greek "Alexandros", a compound of "alexin", to defend, plus "andros", the genitive form of "aner", a man; hence, "defender of men". Paris, son of King Priam of Troy, was given this name as a title of honour for saving his father's herdsmen from a gang of cattle rustlers, and it became hereditary among the Macedonian Kings. Alexander the Great (356 - 323 B.C.), who extended his dominions from Greece to the Punjab, was the most famous bearer of the name. The name was introduced into Scotland by Queen Margaret (wife of King Malcolm Ceannmor), from the Hungarian Court, where she was brought up, and in the 11th Century she christened her third son by this name. He became King Alexander 1, ruler of Scotland from 1107 - 1124. Two further kings, who reigned from 1215 to 1286, bore the name. Sir William Alexander, Earl of Stirling (1567 - 1640) was tutor to Prince Henry, son of James V1, and Secretary of State for Scotland from 1626 until his death. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Alexander, which was dated 1435, in the "Records of the Accounts of the City of Edinburgh", during the reign of King James 1 of Scotland, 1406 - 1437. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Tom Alexander
I'm Tom Alexander, just because my surname is alexander does it mean I have descendants that are Greek?

Reina Shelby
Sorry, not an Alexander, but we have a lot of Alexanders in our genealogy. Also, just because you are an Alexander, it doesn't mean you are related to Alexander the great OR you are Greek. If you are NOT Greek, your descendants will certainly not be Greek, unless you or one of your descendants marry a Greek person.

Alexis Christain Alexander
Alexis is helper of men, Alexander is defender of mankind, gives me something to live up to. :)

christina alexander
want to know more about the alexanders thatcame over from scotland

Travis Saunders
as an interesting fact, Saunders, sanders etc, are all derived from the surname Alexander, remember Greece took over England, so even if you don't have Greek origins etc if you actually trace your original family surname, you may actually be related to some royalty, as the name Alexander was given to the upper class, Saunders is a pet form of Alexander, which is derived from the greek name Alexandros :D

Richard alexander
You never know we might be related to Alexander the Great we never know.

Alexandros Nikolus
So what does my name mean then if Alexander is short for Alexandrs and my dad is Greek and Spaniard i looked up my family and found out i am related to king Alexander the great

Marshall Alexander
I can trace my ancestor back to a village just outside of Cardiff in southern Wales. He settled in the United States in the early to mid 1800s, my father still farms part of the land he purchased there. Once it gets back to Wales, it gets a little hazy though. I have friends in Turkey whom I keep telling I am coming to reconquer the land my ancestor did, they don't care for that much.

Robert Alexander
Alexander name in Scotland derives from the McAlistair Clan

Ian Christopher Alexander

I do own a copy of the Alexander History and my great Aunt also owns a copy of that book.

Ian Christopher Alexander

I am related to all the Alexander's that are white.

Raven T James Alexander

Would like to see and meet any of the clan from Scotland , proud of my Scottish roots ,

Suzanne Finefield

My great grandmother was Anna M Alexander. She came from Wales, and married and settled in Illinois. She would have been born in the mid 1800's.

April Alexander

Having a hard time searching passed my 3rd Great-grandfather Joseph Alexander born around 1800 maybe in the US died ? In ontario canada

Jared Alexander
I was wondering if I should join the Irish Clan.

sharita alexnder
so how do i know which clan my ancestors were born in

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