Alexandrine Name Meaning & Origin
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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A French feminine version of Alexander
PRONOUNCED: al-eg-zan-DREEN (French), ah-lek-sahn-DREE-nə (German)
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My name's Alexandrine, I was born in France, so that's where the name comes from. I usually go by Alex, especially around English speakers who have a really hard time pronouncing or remembering my name. I go by Alex when in France too in non formal situations, though I introduce myself as Alexandrine.
Growing up, I didn't like my name very much, it was too long and unusual, and I hated the inevitable Alex, which I considered to be a boys name, and had my friends call me Allie to make a statement. But as I got older, I realized that Allie just didn't suit me, it sounded too shrill and girly and annoying. I started accepting the fact that I was bound to be called Alex, and realized that having a tomboyish nickname is kind of great, especially when your full name is super girly.
So yeah, I like my name, it's more exotic and than the classic Alexandra, it's classy and sophisticated and lives up to my traditional French heritage, and leaves me the option of just being Alex and free to be whoever I want to be.
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My name is Alexandrine and my middle name is Dianne. Most people call me Al, since when I was in school there were two people who went by Alex and one who was named Alec in my grade alone. I was born and raised in Paris, but I moved to the USA for work a couple years ago. I have yet to meet anyone with the same name as me, though I've known several Alexandras and one Alexandrie. I have a twin brother named Quentin and two older brothers named César and Raphaël. I feel like we all have very strong, unforgettable names. When I was younger, I hated my name because it was so unnecessarily long. Now that I'm a bit older, though, I can appreciate the fact that it's quite beautiful and rather regal sounding :)
- Nicknames for Alexandrine: | Edit
Alex, Alexa Allie, Alz, Andie, Lex, Lexa, Lexi, Rina, Sandrine, Sandy, Sasha, Xan, Al
- Meanings and history of the name Alexandrine: | Edit
French and German elaborated form of ALEXANDRA. This was the name of a Danish queen, the wife of King Christian X.
- Famous real-life people named Alexandrine: | Edit
Alexandrine Le Normant d'Étoilles - French Noblewoman
Alexandrine of Baden (1820-1904) - Swedish Noblewoman
Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin - Danish Noblewoman
Alexandrine Tinné - Dutch explorer in Africa
Princess Alexandrine of Prussia - Prussian Noblewoman
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (a.k.a Alexandrine), Danish queen
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An "alexandrine" is a line of poetic meter comprising 12 syllables
Alexandrine Paradis, in Jennifer Donnelly's "Revolution"