Alexa Name Meaning & Origin

Alexa

Pronunciation: ah-LEHKS-ə (key)

Origin of the name Alexa:

A short form of Alexandra (defender or helper of mankind), Alexa is also bestowed as an independent given name and is thus derived from the Greek alexein (to defend, to help).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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The name Alexa is #12 on the list of top 100 cool baby girl names in the baby name book "Cool Names" by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz.

PRONOUNCED: ə-LEK-sə

Personal experiences with the name Alexa: | Edit

My name is Alexa and I love it, the only drawback is that people that I don't know that well (substitute teachers, other adults) mistakenly call me Alexis or Alexandra. Easy enough to correct them and not an issue.

We chose this name for our daughter after a variation of her aunt's name. We also already had an Alexis in the family, but like the more uncommon Alexa better. We call her Ally and she didn't know her full name until she was in school but she does like it.

My name is Alexa. I love my name, but people often think my name is Alexis. I think the name is pretty unique! :)

My friend is called Alexa, and she is constantly called Alex.

My daughter's best friend is named Alexa Jewel and she is a really happy, spunky girl I think it's a great name

I named my daughter Alexa and she is almost 7. She was born in 2007 and at that time I had never met anyone with that name. Even though I hear it is somewhat popular I very rarely meet someone named Alexa. I LOVE her name! My only complaint besides being called Alexis is that people constantly shorten it to Lexi, which I don't like. I call her Lex or Lexa for short.

I'm an Alexa, and while I love the name now, growing up I absolutely hated it. I was born in 1987, way before it became popular-ish. My parents couldn't name me Alexandra as it was my cousin's name, so Alexa it was. I was always the only Alexa in my year level (if not whole school, and I went to a girls school with over 1000 students!), and it was only in the late 2000's that I met someone else called Alexa-a newborn baby! That being said, I do think it's a smart-enough sounding name (especially paired with my middle name, Isabel), but nevertheless up until I graduated high school I almost exclusively called myself Alex and asked everyone else to call me that. Nowadays, I love the name, and don't mind if I'm called Alexa or Alex. Although, I still sometimes long to have a name more associated with the years around my birth, like pretty much all of my siblings did.

I have a daughter with this name and am very upset that Amazon is using a little girl's name for its Echo product. https://www.change.org/p/jeff-bezos-amazon-stop-using-alexa-for-echo

Nicknames for Alexa: | Edit

Lexi, Alex, Xan, Allie, Lexa, Lex, Bex, Lexy

Meanings and history of the name Alexa: | Edit

The name Alexa is a shortened form of Alexandra, the female form of Alexander. Alexander comes from the Greek Alexandros, and can be broken down into alexo meaning "to defend" and aner, meaning "man". Since Alexa comes from the same origin, the meaning of Alexa is "defender of man."

Feminine forms of Alexander were not commonly used until the 20th century.

1. English and Latin short form of Alexandra, meaning "defender of mankind"
2. Feminine form of Latin Alexius, meaning "defender"

Short form of ALEXANDRA

Famous real-life people named Alexa: | Edit

Alexa Davalos, American actress
Alexa Nikolas, Greek-American actress
Alexa Vega, American actress
Alexa Chung, British TV presenter
Alexa Havins, American actress
Alexa Ray Joel, singer-songwriter and daughter of Billy Joel
Alexa Rae, American pornographic actress who took her name from Billy Joel's daughter
Cierra Ramirez (a.k.a Alexa), actress

Alexa in song, story & screen: | Edit

Song: "The Downeaster Alexa" by Billy Joel
Alexa Papadopoulos, character on the '80s teen TV series Degrassi Junior High

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