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Most Common Male Name: Alexander

Alexander means "defender of man" in Greek. Famous Alexanders include Alexander the Great, the famous general and ruler, who came from Macedonia. Other famous Alexanders: Alexander Pope, English poet; Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers; Alexandre Dumas, French author; Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone; Alexander Fleming, discoverer of penicillin; Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian author; Alexander Haig, American general; and Alec Baldwin, American actor. Lex Luthor, Superman’s arch-enemy, could also be said to be a famous Alexander. The name is favored in English-speaking countries as well as in Greece, Macedonia, and Slavic-speaking countries.

Most Common Female Name: Ava

Ava is of uncertain origin but may be a variant of the name Eve or Eva. Possibly its most famous namesake was Ava Gardner, an American actress who was considered one of Hollywood's most beautiful women. The first female German poet who is not anonymous was named Ava; she lived in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries and wrote religious poetry. There are several towns called Ava, including towns in Illinois, Missouri, New York, and Ohio in the United States, and there is an Ava, New Zealand. The ancient capital of Burma (now Myanmar) was Ava, later known as Innwa.