Alexis Origin and Meaning

The name Alexis is a girl's name of English, Greek origin meaning "defender".

Alexis, a one-time exclusively-boys’ name, was more popular than its sister Alexandra for quite a while, but in recent years Alexandra has overtaken it once again. Alexis was a Top 20 girls’ name from 1994-2010 but has experienced a decline in popularity in recent years, though now it's one of the top unisex names.

Alexis zoomed to popularity following the introduction of the Dynasty character Alexis Carrington in the 1980s – which gave it a sleek image – and was quite popular throughout the 90s and 2000s, peaking at the third most popular girls’ name in 1999.

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 and currently stars on The Handmaid's Tale.

# 449 in the US

Alexis Rank in US Top 1000

# 739 on Nameberry

Alexis Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Alexis Popularity

Famous People Named Alexis

  • (Kimberly) Alexis BledelAmerican actress
  • Alexis Merizalde KnappAmerican actress
  • Alexis "Lexi" ThompsonAmerican golfer
  • Alexis Marie "Lexi" Nucklos AllenAmerican gospel singer
  • Alexis JordanAmerican singer
  • Alexis Arquette (born Robert Arquette)American actress
  • Alexis "Faith" FordAmerican actress
  • Alexis CohenAmerican singer
  • Alexis TexasAmerican actress
  • AlexisGerman singer
  • Alexis (Ebert)American country music singer
  • Alexis Gabrielle DzienaAmerican actress
  • Alexis SkyeAmerican model
  • Gladys "Alexis" SmithCanadian actress
  • Alexis "Ali" WallaceAmerican beauty queen; Miss Oregon 2015
  • Alexis Christine NeiersAmerican reality TV personality
  • Alexis Genevieve ZallAmerican YouTuber
  • Alexis Gilbert "Lexie" StewartAmerican radio and TV host; daughter of lifestyle guru Martha Stewart
  • Alexis KalehoffAmerican actress; daughter of composer Edd Kalehoff and actress Andrea McArdle
  • Alexis Danson (b. 1985)daughter of actor Ted Danson
  • Alexis Rodman (b. 1988)daughter of basketball player Dennis Rodman
  • Alexis Payne (b. 1998)daughter of basketball player Kenny Payne
  • Alexis Ileana Lowell (b. 2001)daughter of baseball player Mike Lowell
  • Alexis Faith Gosselin (b. 2004)daughter of Jon and Kate Gosselin
  • Alexis McNabb (b. 2004)daughter of NFL player Donovan McNabb
  • Alexis Elaine O'Connor (b. 2007)daughter of TV personality Kevin O'Connor
  • Alexis Kerry Altman (b. 2017)daughter of American real estate agent, real estate investor, and reality television personality Josh Altman
  • Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. (b. 2017)Daughter of athlete Serena Williams & Alexis Ohanian
  • Alexis Ren (b. 1996) Internet CelebritySports Illustrated Swimsuit Model

Alexis in Pop Culture

  • Alexis Castledaughter of Castle on TV's "Castle"
  • Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowancharacter on TV's "Dynasty"
  • Alexis Meadecharacter on TV's "Ugly Betty"
  • Alexis Halsteadcharacter in "The Watch Gods" by Barbara Wood
  • Alexis Rhodescharacter on anime "Yu,Gi,Oh!"
  • Alexis Glenncharacter on TV's "Famous in Love"
  • Alexischaracter on TV's "Into the Dark"
  • Alexis Rosecharacter on TV's "Schitt's Creek"
  • Alexis "Lex" Logancharacter on Netflix's "Away"