Lexi or Whitney?!

Good afternoon!

We are expecting a little girl in May, but are still not sure about the name yet.

Our favorites are Lexi and Whitney. We love both of them, and just can't decide on one!!!


Lexi (just Lexi, not short for Alexa or Alexis): sweet, simple, uncommon, but we are afraid that it would be awkward since she has a older brother named Alex.

Whitney: sweet, simple, cute, uncommon. This name is perfect! Lexi is probably the only reason we're still hesitating on this one.

What do you guys think?

(Her middle name will probably be Avery)



February 7, 2019 10:33 PM


I was going to say Whitney before I read your post because Lexi feels like a cute nickname to me, but not a complete name -- even though I know that many girls (including my cousin's kid) have it as their name. Lexi feels completely modern while Whitney feels a tiny bit dated since it peaked in the 1970s. However, Whitney is a name that's still used (323 girls in 2017), has history, and would serve her well throughout her life.

All that said, the main reason that you should use Whitney is that you already have a son named Alex! I suspect that you love Lexi so much because it reminds you of the name already worn by a child you adore, so it comes with extra feeling. Whitney's a name but Lexi already feels like your kid. Use Whitney and it will become the name of your child, too, with all the emotion that comes with that. 

February 8, 2019 1:58 PM

Whitney actually peaked in the 1980s (1986 to be exact).

By EVie
February 8, 2019 8:28 PM

Yup, everything that Karyn said!

February 7, 2019 10:46 PM

Whitney.  Alex and Lexi would be too confusing


February 8, 2019 8:12 AM

I was going to say Lexi based on nothing more than that I slightly prefer it, but seeing that your son is Alex definitely tips the balance. Go with Whitney. It has all the pluses that you mention, without the minus of basically sharing a name with her brother!

February 8, 2019 7:17 PM

This completely. Alex and Lexi are too similar for siblings and definitely comes across as using the same name twice. If I were the younger sister in that set I would definitely feel like my parents couldn't be bothered to give me my own name and just used my brother's name again.

February 8, 2019 4:31 PM

Definitely Whitney - you love it, and Lexi is too similar to Alex. It's an easy decision!


February 8, 2019 6:28 PM

You can't give your two children the same name.  Use Whitney.

February 8, 2019 10:48 PM

Ditto everyone else.  I have an aversion to Whitney (just an extremely not nice person I knew once) but Alex and Lexi are the same name.

February 11, 2019 12:14 PM

I agree with the above posters, Whitney is better with the older brother Alex.  I also find Whitney Avery easier to say than Lexi Avery, which runs together as one word for me.

March 7, 2019 11:56 PM

Alex and Lexi are too close - go with Whitney.