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Gender: Female Meaning of Alexandra: "defending men" Origin of Alexandra: Greek, feminine form of Alexander Alexandra's Popularity in 2017: #120

The name Alexandra is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "defending men". Alexandra is ranked #120 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Vintage Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "This or That?------------girls!".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Alexandra

Alexandra Caroline Marie Charlotte Louise Julia of Denmark, Queen consort of Edward VII of the UK
Alexandra, Princess of Greece and Denmark, Queen consort of Peter II of Yugoslavia
Alexandra Helen Elizabeth Olga Christabel, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy, granddaughter of King George V; cousin of Elizabeth II
Alexandra Christina Manley, Countess of Fredericksborg; ex-wife of Prince Joachim of Denmark
Alexandra Victoria Alberta Edwina Louise Duff; Duchess of Fife; Princess Arthur of Connaught, granddaughter of Edward VII
Alexandra Louise Olga Victoria of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Princess consort of Hohenlohe-Langenburg; granddaughter of Queen Victoria
Alexandra Friederike Henriette, Princess of Saxe-Altenburg, Grand Duchess Konstantin Iosifovna of Russia
Alexandra Rosemarie Ingrid Benedikte, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Countess von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth
Alexandra Victoria Augusta Leopoldine Charlotte Amalie Wilhelmina, Princess of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Alexandra Nicole Chando, American actress
Alexandra Imelda Cecelia Ewen Burke, English singer-songwriter
Alexandra Anna Daddario, American actress and model
Alexandra du Bois, American composer and violinist
Alexandra Vyacheslavovna Trusova, Russian figure skater
Alexandra Patricia "Alex" Morgan, American soccer player
Alexandra "Aly" Raisman, American gymnast
Alexandra Jane Paul, Canadian ice dancer
Alexandra Nikolayevna Stepanova, Russian ice dancer
Oleksandra (Alexandra) Yevhenivna Nazarova, Ukrainian ice dancer
Alexandra Elizabeth Paul, American actress
Alexandra Fusai, French tennis player
Alexandra Benjamin Krosney, American actress
Alexandra Elizabeth "Alex" Kingston, British actress
Alexandra Hetherington "Alex" Breckenridge, American actress
Alexandra Adornetto, Australian novelist
Alexandra Blaire "Ali" Krieger, American soccer player
Alexandra Leigh "Alex" Winston, American singer
Alexandra Park, Australian actress
Alexandra Linsley "Allie" Long, American soccer player
Alexandra Barreto, American actress
Alexandra Elene "Sandy" Maclean Denny, English singer of Fairport Convention
Alexandra Popp, German football player
Alexandra Virina "Alex" Scott, English football player
Alexandra Lowe "Ali" Riley, New Zealand football player
Alexandra Agiurgiuculese, Italian Rhythmic Gymnast
Alexandra Kis, Hungarian rhythmic gymnast
Alexandra Shipp, American actress
Alexandra Bertrand, daughter of singer Ray Charles
Alexandra "Xan" Cassavetes, American actress; daughter of John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands
Alexandra Exton Reeve (b. 1983), daughter of actor Christopher Reeve
Alexandra Nicole Richards (b. 1986), daughter of guitarist Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones
Alexandra "Ali" Gibb (b. 1991), daughter of singer Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees
Alexandra Joséphine Teresa Charlotte Marie Wilhelmine (b. 1991), Princess of Luxembourg; daughter of Grand Duke Henri
Alexandra Noel "Alex" McCarthy (b. 1992), daughter of NFL coach Mike McCarthy
Alexandra "Lexie" Kelly Wainwright (b. 1993), daughter of singer Loudon Wainwright III and actress Ritamarie Kelly
Alexandra Baldwin (b. 1994), daughter of actor Daniel Baldwin
Alexandra Louise Astin (b. 1996), daughter of actor Sean Astin and beauty queen Christine Harrell
Alexandra "Ally" Romano (b. 1997), daughter of actor/comedian Ray Romano
Alexandra Leopoldine Moncada (b. 1998), daughter of Princess Marie-Esméralda of Belgium
Alexandra Charlotte Ulrike Maryam Virginia, Princess of Hanover (b. 1999), daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco and Prince Ernst August of Hanover
Alexandra Osteen (b. 1999), daughter of televangelist Joel Osteen
Alexandra Belyavskaya (b. 2003), daughter of actor Aleksandr Belyavsky
Alexandra Charmaine Maureen Schella (b. 2006), daughter of TV journalist Catherine Clark and Chad Schella; granddaughter of former Canadian PM Joe Clark
Alexandra Red Holland (b. 2013), daughter of Sydney Holland, herself the ex-girlfriend of mogul Sumner Redstone
Alexandra Kalliope Falcone (b. 2014), daughter of TV personality Debbie Matenopoulos and Jon Falcone
Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva, Australian rhythmic gymnast

Pop Culture References for the name Alexandra

AlexandraAlexParrish, character on TV’s “Quantico”
Alexandra Margarita "Alex" Russo, character on TV's 'Wizards of Waverly Place"
Alexandra "Alex" Rousseau, character on TV's "Lost".
Alexandra "Alex" Cabot, character on TV's "Law & Order: SVU"
Alexandra "Alex" Blake, character on TV's "Criminal Minds"
Alexandra Caroline "Lexie" Grey, character on TV's "Grey's Anatomy"
Alexandra, daughter of Cinderella & the Prince on TV's "Once Upon A Time"
Alexandra Marie "Sasha" Andrews, character in "Zoya" by Danielle Steel
Alexandra "Alex" Cahill, character on TV's "Walker, Texas Ranger"
Alexandra Anastasia "Alex" Dunphy, character on TV's "Modern Family"
Alexandra Cabot, character in the Josie & the Pussycats series
Alexandra Finch Hancock, Atticus' sister in book/film "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Alexandra "Alex" Eames, character on TV's "Law and Order: Criminal Intent"
Alexandra "Alex" Danvers, character on TV's "Supergirl"
Alexandra "Alex", character in "Oxenfree"
Alexandra "Alex" Borgia, character on TV's "Law&Order"


GenEric Says:


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

TechnoKitten Says:


So beautiful!

April Ludgate Says:



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!

Caroline Says:



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.