Alex Name Meaning & Origin

Alex

Pronunciation: A-liks (key)

Origin of the name Alexandra:

Derived from the Greek Alexandros, a male compound name composed of the elements alexein (to defend, to help) and andros (man).

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Comments and insights on the name Alex: | Edit

ALEX, AXEL and LEXA are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

PRONOUNCED: AL-əks (English), AH-ləks (Dutch)

Personal experiences with the name Alex: | Edit

My full first name is Alex and I love it! I used to hate having a "boy's" name because i was teased (some of it had to do with my last name too) but not everybody thinks its cool. I always have to correct people though, because they think my full name is Alexandra or Alexandria but i love my name!

My full name is Alexandra, but I prefer this one so much more. It's a fun, cool, easy name to say and to have. It's not just a boy's name. It's much more.

I think this name is cool on a girl. I know a lady whose nickname is this (her full name is Alexandra) but in my opinion Alex suits her better.

Nicknames for Alex: | Edit

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Meanings and history of the name Alex: | Edit

English short form of Alexandra, meaning "defender of mankind"

Short form of ALEXANDER, ALEXANDRA, and other names beginning with Alex.

Famous real-life people named Alex: | Edit

Alex Morgan, a professional woman's soccer player.
Alex Guarnaschelli, celebrity chef

Alex in song, story & screen: | Edit

Alex Sharpe, Member of Irish singing group Celtic Woman
Alex Fallon, the lead heroine in Karen Rose's novel "Scream For Me" (second book in the Vartanian family trilogy)
Alex Russo, character from televison show Wizards of Waverly place, a wizard, middle child of her brothers Justin and Max, portraid by Selena Gomez
Alex, character on the TV series Lost played by Tania Raymonde
Alex Nunez, character on the TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation played by Deanna Casaluce
Alex Dupre, character on the TV serie One Tree Hill, played by Jana Kramer
Alex Vause, character on the TV series Orange Is The New Black, played by Laura Prepon
- Alex Bailey one of the main characters from the land of stories
Alex Cabbott, character on the series Law and Order:SVU
Alex from MINECRAFT

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