John Alexander

1791–
Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of John

When John Alexander was born on 27 May 1791, in Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, John Alexander, was 37 and his mother, Margaret Potter, was 24.

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Family Time Line

John Alexander
1754–1823
Margaret Potter
1766–1841
James Alexander
1778–
Catherine Alexander
1795–1865
Isabell Alexander
1780–
Anne Alexander
1782–
Marx Alexander
1784–
Mary Alexander
1784–
Katherine Alexander
1787–
Agnes Alexander
1789–1871
John Alexander
1791–
Kathrine Alexander
1792–
Margaret Alexander
1794–1876
John Alexander
1796–
William Alexander
1799–
Christian Catherine Alexander
1802–1879

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World Events (3)

1802 · John Playfair publishes summary of James Hutton's theories of geology.

Age 11

In 1802, John Playfair published the Illustrations of the Huttonian Theory of the Earth. His influence was by James Hutton’s knowledge of the earth’s geology.
1815

Age 24

The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.
1823

Age 32

Rugby Football 'invented' at Rugby School.

Name Meaning

Scottish, English, German, Dutch; also found in many other cultures: from the personal name Alexander, classical Greek Alexandros, which probably originally meant ‘repulser of men (i.e. of the enemy)’, from alexein ‘to repel’ + andros, genitive of anēr ‘man’. Its popularity in the Middle Ages was due mainly to the Macedonian conqueror, Alexander the Great ( 356–323 bc )—or rather to the hero of the mythical versions of his exploits that gained currency in the so-called Alexander Romances. The name was also borne by various early Christian saints, including a patriarch of Alexandria ( ad c.250–326 ), whose main achievement was condemning the Arian heresy. The Gaelic form of the personal name is Alasdair, which has given rise to a number of Scottish and Irish patronymic surnames, for example Mc Allister . Alexander is a common forename in Scotland, often representing an Anglicized form of the Gaelic name. In North America the form Alexander has absorbed many cases of cognate names from other languages, for example Spanish Alejandro , Italian Alessandro , Greek Alexandropoulos, Russian Aleksandr, etc. (For forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 .) It has also been adopted as a Jewish name.

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (2)

  • John Alexander, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • John Alexander, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

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