Uncertain. Either an old borrowing from Ancient Greek Ἀλέξανδρος (Aléxandros), from ἀλέξω (aléxō, “I defend”) + ἀνδρ- (andr-), the stem of ἀνήρ (anḗr, “man”). However, the ks would not evolve into a voiceless velar plosive, usually a h, sh or shk, rendering this origin uncertain. see Llesh, Lesh. Alternativly, related to lekë (“lord”) from Proto-Indo-European *lewk- (“light”), possibly a synonym to Ancient Greek Ἀλβανοί (Albanoí, “a southern Illyrian tribe”), from *albʰós (“white”).
According to Baroness Marie Amalie von Godin, Lek, Lekë og Leka were originally the word for the Governing Kanun, see doke or latin lex. It only became a proper name after the influence of Lekë Dukagjini.
- A male given name.