Thoughts on Alexander? It's very common, but I love it and I have personal connections to this name that make me love it more. The only doubt I have is that it's a little anti-climatic compared to some of the other names on my list.
What nickname would you use? Any slightly more unusual middle name ideas?
Thank you (:
I love Alexander. It's got great history, a sort of royal sound, but it's familiar. It's got everything a name should have. I have the middle names Dante and Griffin for my Alexander combo. For nicknames, I'm going to use Xander, but I also like Lex. There's also all these nicknames: Al, Alec, Alessio, Alex, Alexi, Lex, Sander, San, Sandy, Sasha, X, Xan, Xander, Anders, Exder, Alan, Andy, Ali, Sacha, and this site has great suggestions for nicknames.
For more uncommon middles:
Alexander Hugo (from your list)
I also love Dorian from your list (it was on mine too) and Dorian Alexander would be the perfect name if you decide against Alexander as a first name.
I like Alexander, as it's my first name choice. It's definitely anti-climatic compared to many names and if you're looking for something unique or something that people will comment on, Alexander is not the way to go.
Dantea pretty much summed up the nn choices. My favorite however would be Anders for something more "different".
From your list, Alexander Asa, Alexander Elias, Alexander Ronan, and Alexander Soren stand out.
On a completely unrelated note, I followed your listography page ;)
I love Alexander, so many great connotations (Alexander the Great) It's so classic. Xander would be a really cool nickname!
Alexander is VERY common. My son is in second grade and has always had at least 2 Alexanders in his class. Alex is the common nickname so I would go with Xander. It is a great name, just very popular!
This is one that we considered--and then rejected--due to what my husband calls its "bland" vibe. There's nothing *wrong* with Alexander, but it just feels somehow generic.
Originally Posted by vulturine
As far as nns go, Alex and Xan are the only ones I really like.
Alexander has been a favourite of mine and DH's too and we are considering it in the middle name position as it struck us as too popular for a first name. That said, in my humble opinion NOTHING trumps a name you both truly love - not popularity, not having a friend with the same name, not other people thinking it's weird/old-fashioned/too modern etc. Finding a name two people love and agree on is a minor miracle! :-)
I probably wouldn't shorten the name but if I did I'd choose Sacha or Lex.
I like Alexander. It's great because it's so versatile and classic. Besides, the nns are so versatile (and unique) that it makes up for the semi-blandness of Alexander (Alec, Sandy, Sasha, Al, Lex, Alexei (just heard this recently and I love it!), Andy, Xander, Skandar, Zane, Alejo...).
Alexander is just an awesome name.
That's why it's popular.
Personally, I say go for a cool NN like Xander. I have even heard an Alexander nn Axel. I taught a Russian Alexander nn Sasha. Not so keen on the nn Lex- "Lex Luther" springs to my mind. I also know a young man named Alexander nn Alec.
If you like the nn Alex then just use it. I mean really, does it matter if there is another Alex in his class? Sometimes having a popular name is like a ticket to being accepted by peers.
If it makes your heart happy then use it.
Exactly-- Alexander is like Sophia. An excellent, storied, regal, pleasant name. It's only 'crime it's that too many people caught on to it's glory and gave it to their sons. On a site like nameberry you can feel pressure to choose something not heard every day, which is really a very poor measure of the strength of the name.