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Gender: F Meaning of Alexis: "defender" Origin of Alexis: Greek Alexis's Popularity in 2013: #46

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Alexis, a one-time exclusively-boys' name, has surpassed sister Alexandra in popularity -- it's just inside the Top 40, with more than five thousand babies named Alexis last year.

Alexis zoomed to popularity following the introduction of the Dynasty character Alexis Carrington in the 1980s--which gave it a sexy, sleek image--and has had remarkable staying power.

One of the few notable female pre-Carrington Alexises was 1940s actress Alexis Smith, who had some minimal impact on the name, which entered the list in 1943. A current bearer is Alexis Bledel, who played Rory on Gilmore Girls.

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Famous People Named Alexis

Alexis Bledel, American actress
Alexis Knapp, American actress
Kiely Alexis Williams, American singer
Alexis Arquette, American actress (born Robert Arquette)
Alexis Cohen, American singer and contestent on American Idol
Alexis Faith Gosselin, (b. 2004) daughter of Jon & Kate Gosselin
Alexis Neiers, former reality TV star (Pretty Wild) & convicted member of Hollywood "Bling Ring" burglaries

Pop Culture References for the Name Alexis

-Alexis Castle, daughter of novelist Richard Castle, on TV show "Castle"
-Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan, fictional character & primary antagonist on former American TV series "Dynasty"
-Alexis Meade, brother turned sister of Daniel Meade on "Ugly Betty"
-Alexis Halstead, character from The watch gods, by Barbara Wood

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Alexis's International Variations

Alessia (Italian)