Alexa?

What do you think about naming a baby girl Alexa? Do you think Amazon's Alexa will affect how people live with and react to the name? How do girls and women named Alexa feel about having the same name as Amazon's device?

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May 10, 2017 10:12 PM

Um, I actually had to pause to remember what Amazon's Alexa even is.  But I'm not exactly a super-techy person.  

I think it's helpful that Alexa is already a well established name, so most people are already familiar with it/have encountered it on a person.  To me, this increases the odds that the name will continue to strike people as a name used for a device vs. The Device.  Something like Siri is The Device to most people, so it seems less usable on a person.

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May 10, 2017 10:13 PM

Here's a report from a poor woman named Alexa Seary (pronounced Siri). I think she finds it most annoying. http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2017/03/nj_student_reportedly_shares_name_with_amazons_ale.html

 

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May 11, 2017 3:03 AM

Alexa is fine,  I havent even heard about the device

 

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May 11, 2017 5:01 AM

Alexa is a lovely name.

I have never heard of the device, which in any case will almost certainly disappear from the collective unconscious by the time she's in gradeschool.

 

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May 11, 2017 10:37 AM

Like any name that has a product associated with it, an Alexa might occasionally get a silly joke from someone who thinks that they're funny. However, because (unlike Siri) the name is very well-known already, I don't think that it will ever be the primary association with the name. Anyone who knows your daughter will think of her as the primary holder of the name with the digital version a distant second.

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May 11, 2017 10:51 AM

What she said. :)

(Note to those who feel compelled to make those obvious jokes, like "Hungary-hungry": Don't. Just Don't Do It. It'll merely annoy your audience and make you look utterly stupid.)

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May 11, 2017 11:22 AM

I'm afraid that Amazon has tainted the name Alexa for me. If I heard of a new baby named Alexa, I would not think she was named after the product, but I would feel sorry for her. It's unfortunate that Amazon chose a well-established human name for their AI assistant thingy.

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May 11, 2017 4:39 PM

I agree with this. If I was introduced to a baby Alexa my first thought would probably be that I like the name but my second thought would be that the child would have to put up with some stupid comments as they grew up so I'd feel bad for them. It's possible that Amazon's Alexa will indeed fade into obscurity in the next 5-10 years, in which case it would not be an issue for a baby named now at all but it's also possible that it will become more popular so I would definitely hesitate to use the name.

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May 11, 2017 10:48 PM

What would concern me more than the irritation of having people mention the product is the fact that the darn thing would come on every time her name got mentioned. Those things creep me out.

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May 13, 2017 11:42 PM

Yay! I'm not the only one!

I don't think people mentioning the product would bother me since it's also a common, well-established name. It would annoy and irritate me if the device answered every time my daughter's name was said aloud, though. They creep me out, too.

Alexa no longer passes the "would I want it to be my name test" for me.

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May 14, 2017 5:47 PM

I was at a friend's house last night and didn't realize she had an Echo until I had been there for at least 30 minutes. She suddenly called out, "Alexa, play 'Bad to the Bone'" and Alexa obediently put on George Straight. I hate the thought that every conversation I have around those stupid devices could potentially be recorded! I'm such a luddite.

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May 14, 2017 9:25 PM

Exactly! They make me feel paranoid that they're eavesdropping.

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May 15, 2017 4:58 PM

We're not alone: https://xkcd.com/1807/

Can you rename the thing? If yes, is it a set list of options, or can you choose anything?

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May 15, 2017 6:27 PM

You can change it to "Amazon", "Echo", or "Computer", I believe. On the one hand, the limited options make sense: language recognition is Hard(TM), and the wake word is a crucial piece of the artificial intelligence behind these spy dev[ahem, sorry] home assistants. On the other hand, it doesn't seem *that* hard to have you record a wake word, and then just require you to say it the same way as your recording - i.e. do a voiceprint match rather than trying to parse your speech.

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May 11, 2017 2:24 PM

If you're worried about it, you could always give her the full name Alexandra,  with Alexa as a nickname.  Then if the association with the Amazon product turned out to be an issue, she would have the longer name as an option.  

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May 11, 2017 6:32 PM

Except that alexia is a medical condition - loss of the ability to read, basically. :/

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May 11, 2017 7:42 PM

Yes, and amelia means 'lacking a limb'. It's convergent evolution: Alexia the name comes from Greek, alexia the medical term comes from Latin. (Amelia is the reverse: the name comes from Latin or Old Germanic, the term for the birth defect comes from Greek.) I don't think the medical terms make the names unusable.

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May 12, 2017 9:56 AM

The other thing to keep in mind is Alexa is technology and that doesn't last forever - in five years, Amazon might not be selling the Alexa anymore. Techy stuff like that gets updated a lot and redone/revamped/rebranded often.

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By mk
May 12, 2017 12:37 PM

I order from Amazon all the time and had no idea about Alexa. It is certainly not what I think of when I hear the name. Siri is different because it is not a common name in the U.S., so many people never heard the name at all until the iPhone.

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By rooo
May 13, 2017 2:40 PM

I would avoid it. We have a few Alexa devices in our home and I say her name at least a dozen times a day. The number of products that integrate with it is growing rapidly. I don't see it going away in the next decade, at least. Alexa and Alexis are both among the top 10 fastest falling names in 2016, I would assume because of the device. One of my friends is named Alisa and it drives her nuts - her husband calls her Alexa by accident all the time, and other times he calls her by her name but Alexa responds. 

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May 13, 2017 4:26 PM

I think if I were your friend I'd switch to OK Google or some other alternative.

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May 14, 2017 3:35 PM

Then again, Alexa was a pretty big riser last year, so spikes usually follow that anyway. It went from about 70 to 35 and then back to 70 - a big jump like that is hard to maintain.

Why Alexis hadn't had a big fall earlier I don't know, because that's rather dated - really '80's & '90's names like Courtney, Britney, and Jenna have already taken massive plunges already (Taylor and Madison are next). I'm thinking that all of the Alex based names, especially for girls, are starting to go out of style - after all, they've been in for a good 30 years - it's kind of natural. I wouldn't say they're names to avoid though. They're all still fine names. There's a lot of perfectly fine names that aren't popular.

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May 15, 2017 10:56 AM

Admittedly, I did first think of Alexa the Amazon Echo tool when I saw the name written here. I don't know that this would be a permanent thing, and I surely don't think that it is indicative that everyone thinks that way. I also don't think it discounts Alexa as still being a good name! I think it is common enough that people will have other associations with the name. 

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May 15, 2017 4:41 PM

My name is Alexa and I have always liked it- never had a problem with it growing up either. People always compliment the name actually. The new "Alexa" was an afterthought of "oh we share the same name". Haven't thought about it since...

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May 16, 2017 5:22 PM

My name is Alexa. I have some friends who use the Amazon product, and it's always startling to me when they speak to it while I'm in the room. However, other than the occasional instance of momentary confusion, it hasn't been a problem for me. I don't think the technology will get in your child's way too much. If you really love the name then I think you should go for it.

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By JuLu
May 28, 2017 4:21 PM

I 100% think of Alexa Chung, one of the most stylish women in the world, a fashion icon, hair inspiration, funny lady and It- girl for at least a decade. Go for it.