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Origin: Russian Federation
Region Origin: Eastern Europe

The name Alex is a gender-neutral name of Greek origin, meaning "defender of humankind". It is derived from the ancient Greek name Alexandros, which comes from the Greek words "alexein" meaning "to defend" or "to protect" and "aner" translating to "man" or "warrior". Alex is the shortened version of the masculine name Alexander and feminine name Alexandra. The name Alex is a popular first name, standing alone as a classic Greek name. It has been associated with famous people such as Alex Haley (author), Alex Kingston (TV actress), Alex Ovechkin (hockey player), Alex Rodriguez (baseball player), and Alex Trebek (game show host). The name Alex evokes a sense of chivalry and fierce protection, reflecting its origin as a defender of humanity.

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