Obviously Alexander has a number of origins. I have Alexanders in the family who come from Caithness in the far north east of Scotland. The were originally called Alsherson and were of Viking descent. There has been a bit of a discussion about whether they were from Norway or were connected to Svein Asleifarson, the famous 10th century pirate and adventurer. The Alsherson's seemed to have become Alexanders over the course of the 18th and 19th centuries. Nobody seems to know why... perhaps it was a process of 'anglicisation' which came with literacy or political pressure to have Scottish rather than Norse sounding names. The Alexander and Alsherson names were interchangeable for many people right up to the 20th century. See if you connect with Caithness... if you can ..chances are you're one of our lot.