Gender: Female Meaning of Alexandra: "defending men" Origin of Alexandra: Greek, feminine form of Alexander Alexandra's Popularity in 2018: #125

Alexandra Origin and Meaning

The name Alexandra is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "defending men".

Alexandra, the feminine form of Alexander, fell out of the Top 100 for the first time since 1983 in 2015, but is still a popular choice. Strong, tasteful, and elegant, Alexandra maintains a chic aura despite its popularity, has a solid historic pedigree, and offers an array of softer nicknames, from the boyish Alex to the bouncy Lexi to the more dramatic Alexa and Xandra.

Alexandra was made fashionable in the English-speaking world by the Danish princess who married England's King Edward VII in 1863, and there have been other royal bearers in both Britain and Russia. Alexandra is the present queen's first middle name. Widely used in Russia, Alexandras can be found in the works of Dostoevsky and Chekhov.

Alessandra and Alejandra are attractive, more exotic variations.

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Rank in US: #125

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anitapea338 Says:


Sasha is the Russian nickname for Alexandra/Aleksandra

GenEric Says:


I like it, I just wish everyone wouldn't butcher it to boring Alex.

TechnoKitten Says:


So beautiful!

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foreverharriet Says:


This is such a gorgeous name and so versatile with its nicknames. This would suit every type of girl imo

sunshinexoxo Says:


This is a nice name but it's way overused among girls where I grew up.

briarblossom Says:


I have always loved the name Alexandra. I wish it could be used more in full but I understand the need for nicknames. Allie is the one I would use.

bordercollie Says:


I love Alexandra, it's strong and feminine, with a wonderful meaning. The great thing about this name is that popular as it may be, there are so many nicknames you can go by (Allie, Alex, Lexie, Sandra, Annie, Lex, Andy, etc). I know several Alexandra's, one of which goes by her full name, the rest of which use nicknames, so it's not the same as a super popular name with no nns like Emma or Mia

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onebrilliant1 Says:


This is my mom's name. She goes by Alex but I would love to use it for my daughter. I would just use a different nickname. Maybe Ally or Lexie. I know my mom would be thrilled❤️

Tillie_Jay Says:


I've always really loved this name for some reason. Alex is my favorite nickname for it too.

PrudenceA Says:


Alexandra is my daughter's middle name, oddly I love my daughter's middle names more than their first names.

gummybear0724 Says:


I don't know an Alexandra

LostKid Says:


My sister's name is Alexandra, shortened to Alex, and it fits well with Katherine shorted to Katie. Trying to think of a male name in the place of Katherine.

Ariana157 Says:


I've never met a Alexandra so to me this a very unique and lovely name .

Zelliew Says:


It has style

lunanebo Says:


Beautiful and graceful name. Very princess-y. And I like it. I also like the form Aleksandra… It's more unique and a bit mysterious. BTW I hate the nickname Alex!!! I like Lexi or even Sasha. It's much more girlier:)

headintheclouds Says:


Alexandra: an absolutely lovely elegant classic, with many, many diminutives to choose from. I know a couple of Alexandras, and they're all bright, accomplished, classy women :)

Dr. Vlasic Says:


I love this name, because to me, it sounds strong and beautiful at the same time.

missLis Says:


I wish they didn't all go by Alex!

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Leah3456 Says:


I like the nickname Ally for this name.

Guest Says:


I like Alessandra more because it's softer and prettier and obviously more unique, everyone knows an Alexandra. And that's boring to me.

Eva Thyssen Says:


IMO, this name is way prettier than Alessandra.