Alexandra: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Alexandra
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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An absolute classic. Goes well with a wide variety of surnames.
Based on research, most people would imagine a person with the name Alexandra to be: Attractive and wealthy woman. In one word, you might describe Alexandra as an "attractive" person.
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My name is Alexandra and I have never - and will never - go by any nicknames. I love my name. I would like to see more people go by the whole thing "Alexandra", but then again, maybe it wouldn't be as special :)
My name is Alexandra but I go by Alex or Ally- very rarely Lexie. I think it is feminine and pretty but I never particularly liked my name because it seems fairly common, I always wished I had a beautiful Gaelic or Italian name.
My sister's name is Alixandra, with an I. She goes by Alix or Ally.
I have a funny, spunky, sweet little daughter named Alexandra. She either goes by her full name or the nn: Alex. I like that it's sophisticated.. but has a spunky nickname.
Alexandra is my middle name and I adore it. Its feminine, but very strong; regal, but hardly stuffy.
Alexandra is my name and I love it! Its classic, beautiful, and has so many nicknames. I go by Alex and Ali.
I have a daughter named Alexandra. I loved it because it because it is a beautiful name and when she was born (1989) you didn't hear it too often. We've called her Alex since she was a baby as does everyone else. When she was little and learning her name she thought her name was Alex Zandra. I like that she goes by Alex; she's extremely smart and I always pictured her becoming a very successful businesswoman whom people would think initially she was a man but in would walk this beautiful, intelligent woman.
My father was of Greek descent and wanted one of his children to have a name that reflected the heritage. My mother agreed on Alexandra after reviewing a list of other Greek names. At the time (1971), Alexandra was not particularly popular. I think that the name sounds sophisticated and elegant. However, I find that when I introduce myself as Alexandra without providing my nickname, people will automatically call me Alex.
My daughter is Alexandra, she is named after my grandfater Alexander. I think it is a very pretty name and I like that she can go by Alexandra or Alex. I think it is a very strong name.
My name is Alexandra, and I have never gone by any nicknames, either. Everyone tried (and still does try) to call me Lexi, Ally, Alex, Sasha, et cetera, but I'd always insist that my name was Alexandra and they would (usually) stop. As I got older, I started to not like my name because I didn't think it was pretty, but once I realized how great the person I'm named after (Alexandra Feodorovna) was and that it is one of the oldest Greek names out there, I loved it. The only downside would be that sometimes people hear Alexandria instead of Alexandra, which annoys me to death, but I still believe it's a great name.
- Nicknames for Alexandra: | Edit
Alix, Alli, Addie, Alex, Ali, Allie, Ally, Andi, Lexa, Lexi, Lexie, Lexy, Sandra, Sandy, Sasha, Shura, Xan, Xander, Xandra, Aleka, Al, Andra, Alyx
- Meanings and history of the name Alexandra: | Edit
Greek origin. Protector of Man
21. April (Holy Patron: "Alexandra of Egypt"). Her story began with a young man who fell in love with her, although feeling was not mutual. One could say this is a problem but not for Alexandra. In order not to offend, she buried herself so that the lecherous young man wouldn't suffer, nor had the feeling of being rejected by her. And there she remained sealed from the human eye, with only a tiny window and occupied herself with spiritual reflection and prayer.
- Famous real-life people named Alexandra: | Edit
Alexandra Chando, American actress
Alexandra Daddario, American actress
Alexandra du Bois, American composer
Alexandra Kraft, American pianist and composer
Alexandra "Alex" Morgan, American soccer player
Alexandra Raisman, American gymnast
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Alexandra Bergson, heroine of Willa Cather's classic novel "O Pioneers!"
Alexandra, protagonist of the Australian film "Alexandra's Project"
Alexandra "Alex" Owens, heroine of the 1980s film "Flashdance", played by Jennifer Beals
Alexandra "Alex" Forrest, villain of the 1980s film "Fatal Attraction", played by Glenn Close
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Global Popularity of the Name Alexandra
- #10 in Russia (Moscow)
- #16 in Ukraine
- #20 in Hungary
- #33 in Canada (Ontario)
- #34 in Australia (Victoria)
- #45 in Iceland
- #50 in Canada (British Columbia)
- #53 in Canada (Quebec)
- #54 in Austria
- #61 in United States
- #62 in Canada (Alberta)
- #70 in Australia (New South Wales)
- #79 in Ireland
- #84 in Norway
- #92 in Sweden
- #94 in England
- #127 in Scotland