Gender: Male Meaning of Alexis: "defender" Origin of Alexis: Greek Alexis's Popularity in 2018: #445

Alexis Origin and Meaning

The name Alexis is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "defender".

This name leapt into the female column via vixen Alexis Carrington on 'Dynasty" in the 1980s. It's more popular for girls, but it's still a widely used boys' names and is one of the most popular unisex names in the US today.

Alexis is an ancient (male) saints' name as well as the name of a third century BC comic poet. In the Alexius version, it was the name of several Byzantine emperors.

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Rank in US: #445

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Pop Culture References for the name Alexis

Lex, Alexi, Alexei, Alexes


stepx Says:


my first son's name. People call him Lex. Named him after Nicaraguan lightweight champ Alexis Arguello.

Yara Says:


This name and "Sasha" are two of my favorite "gone to the girl's side" boy names.

Lena_Aline Says:


I like Alexis on a boy, but Elexis on a girl.

headintheclouds Says:


I love this version of Alexander; where Alexander seems grand and well, great, Alexis seems more streamlined and compact aesthetics-wise, but no less impactful. Also really like the nickname Lex besides the obvious Alex.

I much prefer Alexis on a boy, but I think it works as a girl's name too. I don't quite mind Alexis being used as a girl's name, not like how I am annoyed at names like James being used for girls. What I dislike is when boy or unisex names are perceived as "going to the girl's side" just because they're starting to be used on girls, and it eventually becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. I just hope that this does not happen with Alexis.

indiefendi2 Says:


I like it better on a boy. Dare I say it.

Hylian Wizard Says:


I have a good friend named Alex, but While I don't hate the name, I am a bit bored of it. It is so common and used so much! That ia on a boy. On a a girl (as a standalone), I honestly do hate it! Lately I have been liking Alexis for a boy and I'm pleasantly surprised to see it thriving on popularity records!

amberdaydream Says:


Hmm, I dunno, Lex feels more intuitive based on pronunciation - ah-LEX-is. Since the Lex is the stressed syllable, I really think it would work.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


Lex is way better, but it seems that Alex is the favoured default nickname.

amberdaydream Says:


Lex could be the nickname instead of Alex?

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


I adore this name! It's so classic and charismatic, and strong without being stereotypical in terms of masculinity. Having said that, like with Alexander, Alexius, Aleksy and all other names of said ilk, I know deep down that, were I to use it, it would just be shortened to Alex... and I hate Alex. There's nothing bad about Alex on the whole but it's too short, too common, too boring and lacks the historical and distinctive UMPH that its fuller versions possess.

In future I might pluck up the courage to use it but, for the time being the nickname "Alex" is a dealbreaker.

eveyalecia Says:


I like Alexis on both boys and girls, and I far prefer it to other Alex- names for boys.

Guest Says:


I'm pleasantly surprised that Alexis is holding its own in the boy category!

Daphodil Says:


I LOVE Alexis on a boy. To me it has always sounded very masculine and I can't imagine it on a girl. I live in Europe though, and most people called Alexis here are male (in my experience).

SparkleNinja18 Says:


I didn't know it was ever used on a boy until about nine months ago... I've only ever known girls with this name and it's very popular for girls in my part of the world but I can see the appeal for boys.

kittykate928 Says:


I love it on a boy or girl. It's a male family name for me, and I knew a girl named Alexis, so I've always thought of it as unisex.

Fleur_Of_Eden Says:


I really like it on a boy, but I know very few others share my opinion.