Aleksei – Name Meaning

The name Aleksei is of Russian origin and is derived from the Greek name Alexios, which means “defender” or “helper.” It is a popular name in Russia, Ukraine, and other Slavic countries. The name has been used in literature and film, most notably in the novel War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.

History and Origin

The name Aleksei is derived from the Greek name Alexios, which was originally an epithet of the god Apollo. It was also used as a title for Byzantine emperors. The name was popularized in Russia during the reign of Tsar Alexander I (1777-1825). It has since become a popular name throughout Eastern Europe.


Aleksei is a popular name in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2020 it was the 39th most popular male baby name in Russia. It is also gaining popularity in other parts of the world such as the United States.

Famous People Named Aleksei

There are many famous people with the name Aleksei including:

  • Aleksei Navalny – Russian opposition leader
  • Aleksei Yagudin – Russian figure skater
  • Aleksei Kovalev – Russian ice hockey player
  • Aleksei Kravchenko – Soviet actor
  • Aleksei Leonov – Soviet cosmonaut

Variations of the Name

The variations of the name Aleksei include: Alexei, Alexis, Alexey, Alyosha.

By Ava Isabella Hartley

Ava Isabella Hartley is a renowned expert in the field of onomastics, the study of names and their meanings, with a particular focus on baby names. She holds a Master's degree in Linguistics from the University of Cambridge and has over 15 years of experience in the study of etymology, name trends, and cultural naming practices.

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