Nameberry Picks: The 12 Best X Names

Names that contain an x — at the end, in the middle, and even at the beginning — have been climbing in fashionability since Angelina Jolie named her oldest son Maddox around the same time Max morphed from old man to cool kid name. Now, all the JoliePitt boys have names that end with x, and sister Shiloh is said to be campaigning for an x name of her own. And other x choices are rising up the ranks too. Some of these are obscure names that include the letter x; others, like Jaxon, come by their x by design. Our favorite x name choices include both the classic and the new.


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The ancient name Alexander has a wide range of attractive and fashionable variations -- from Alexa to Alexandra to Alessandro to Alix -- but none quite so great as Alexander itself. Famous namesakes include sculptor Alexander Calder.

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miloowen Says:

January 6th, 2012 at 1:24 am

Alexander and Beatrix are the only two I like here, although I have a dear friend named Paxton. I’m not enamoured of the letter x, and actually prefer Alasdair to Alexander and Beatrice to Beatrix, and Saviero to Xavier.

Has anyone ever done the names that Beatrix Potter used?

Poppy528 Says:

January 6th, 2012 at 2:34 am

Thanks NameBerry! I have an X in my last name so I just can’t resist having a baby Beatrix or Baxter!! Love Lux, Felix, & Huxley! Recently a fan of Pixie & Dextra.

vanessaaball Says:

January 6th, 2012 at 6:30 am

I’m surprised that Dexter isn’t included. I like Huxley but I would love to see Aldous more. Love Xavier!

rollo Says:

January 6th, 2012 at 7:08 am

Some of the names on this list have to my knowledge never been used by nameberries. Calista is lovely but Calixta? Ugh!
Huxley?? No thank you! I imagine that parents may feel that a Pixie is the new wave Daisy or Poppy but I cannot agree, it is only a nickname.
And why didn’t Xanthe make the list she has become a fairly common visitor to nameberry in 2011?

lara_jane Says:

January 6th, 2012 at 7:16 am

Our baby was going to be Felix had we been expecting a boy. Felix was my great-grandfather’s name, and I had no idea until I discovered this site a couple of months ago that Felix is on its way back up!

pam Says:

January 6th, 2012 at 9:34 am

Ah, Rollo, we’re trying to push the envelope a bit. Indeed, Xanthe is lovely and might have been included here. And to you Dexter lovers, I love it too, but every picture I found featured the serial killer! So Dexter kind of got killed by that image this time around….

R_J Says:

January 6th, 2012 at 9:43 am

Love these x names. I also think Nixie would make a cute name for a girl (I think it means a water spirit) and Vox (voice in Latin) for a boy.

Lola Says:

January 6th, 2012 at 10:53 am

Alexander is my favorite boys classic, hands down! I’ll never use it (except maybe as a middle) but I utterly adore: Beatrix, Lux, Felix & Rex!

Rex is easily my favorite boys name and sits at the top of our boy list!

I’m going to disagree, Baxter is horrible for a boy! Blech. I’d use it in the middle for a girl, if it hung in my family tree!

And I’m another one who was kind of surprised Xanthe wasn’t on this list. 😀

Mcdonak1 Says:

January 6th, 2012 at 10:55 am

I’m glad that my Beatrix’s name made the list. I like Huxley and Xavier. To me, Baxter will always be the dog from Anchorman, but that’s not a terrible reference in my mind. If I named a child that, I would be forever singing to him that he is my little furry gentleman, however. I can’t decide if I like Lux. Reminds me of the character in the Virgin Suicides, which is a little grim for me. And it just sounds like it is trying too hard to associate with luxury, like naming your kid Chanel or something. But then I have a few relatives named Xury (also a character in Robinson Crusoe, so I don’t think that the family just made it up), so I guess that Lux isn’t too far off from that.

Mischa Says:

January 6th, 2012 at 11:12 am

Another great list from Nameberry which yet again reminds me of the variety of naming tastes today. I love the old names like Alexander, Xavier, Felix, Beatrix and Roxana. The “newer” names like Baxter, Paxton, Huxley and Pixie really can’t hold a candle to the more established names in my opinion. I can still get excited with the “oldies”. And personally, I don’t see the attraction of naming your child after a bar of soap (Lux).

BritishAmerican Says:

January 6th, 2012 at 12:12 pm

miloowen – I remember a Beatrix Potter character name list. I found it:

Baxter and Beatrix are lovely. I had Beatrix on my middle names list but my husband wasn’t keen on it even as a middle name. Baxter is great for those who don’t like Dexter because of the TV show association.

aimvonB Says:

January 6th, 2012 at 12:57 pm

No Axel on the X list? It’s okay I’ll get over it. 🙂

My favorites from the list are Beatrix, Roxana, Felix and Rex. And maybe Calixta.

spotlightstarlit Says:

January 6th, 2012 at 1:13 pm

I LOVE Beatrix. I would be surprised if I didn’t use that name in the future.

I also love Calixta, and I have always preferred it spelled that way, but here’s what’s stopping me from using it:

Calixta means, ‘The Most Beautiful,’ which would be great, if she were an only child, and complicated if she was one of a few sisters, which I would hope she would be.

The only way I can think to get around the meaning is pair Calixta with a virtue middle, or something artsy.

Calixta True
Calixta Mercy
Calixta Poet
Calixta Day


tavn Says:

January 6th, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Felix and Paxton were the only two I cared for on that list. Alexander is a good staple name, but more of a middle option for me.

Other X favorites: Maddox, Maximus, Knox, Hendrix, Lennox

corsue Says:

January 6th, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I like Roxana and could see using Lux as a nickname for Alexandra.

i.heart.nerds Says:

January 6th, 2012 at 3:40 pm

I have a special spot in my heart for ‘x’ names. They seem cooler than cool, completely unique all without having to be misspelled.
I love Beatrix, Alexander, Felix, Xavier and Baxter from your list.
I also like Roxy, Xenia, Maximus, Xander and Xena.
I know a little Lexington and twins named Xalen and Xaden (they are mid twenties so Xaden isn’t part of the Aiden craze)

thetxbelle Says:

January 6th, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Wow surprised for some reason to see Calixta! Calixte is one of my fav names, fingers crossed it doesnt get big in the states!

UniqueNameLover Says:

January 6th, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I like Roxana and Beatrix and Felix and Alexandra. Calixta is an interesting choice. I also love Phoenix, a name that wasn’t mentioned on this list.

Poppy528 Says:

January 6th, 2012 at 11:56 pm

Oh dear I fear my new fave name is Helix. Not Heath not Felix but Helix. Looove. 

Deveraux and Salix are intereting too. Not as cool as Helix tho! Any fans?

pam Says:

January 7th, 2012 at 9:42 am

Poppy, it would have been fun to include Deveraux or another name in which the X is silent. I’ve never heard Helix — you’ve stumped the master! Be sure to check in and mention it on Wednesday when we’re asking everyone to tell us about the new names they’ve discovered. And on Thursday we’re blogging about the newest names on Nameberry!

afmastro Says:

January 7th, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Felix and Rex are some of my favorite boy names. I knew a woman named Dixie, and personally, while Dixie isn’t my style, I prefer it to Pixie. I didn’t know Calista had a variation with an X. You learn something new everyday. I’m not sure if I like it or not. I have to think about it. I know I love Calista!

While I like most X names, I fear X could become the next K. For years everyone seemed to love the letter K to the point that K names became overdone. But who knows. I like to push the envelope too, and when you push the envelope you take some risks.

Mary-la Says:

January 7th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

I love Beatrix, Alexander, Rex and Felix. And Baxter is nic too. Good list! And thanks for not including Xanthe. I really don’t like that name. And, though I understand why you didn’t include Dexter, I still would have liked to see it here.

Mary-la Says:

January 7th, 2012 at 6:27 pm


encore Says:

January 7th, 2012 at 6:59 pm

I know most people love it, so I’m sorry, but I really really don’t like the name Rex.

Dearest Says:

January 8th, 2012 at 10:46 am

Calixta is my favourite by far, she’s so wonderful!
I’ve loved her all 2011, and now suddenly she’s mentioned here.
I love Huxley as well, but Calixta is more unusual so she’s closer to my heart. I like a lot of the surnames as names, but I do prefer ancient given names or word names. My children will have one maybe two surnames, so I don’t see the point of giving them more when they could be called Calixta or Zelimir instead 🙂
Other x names I love:
Dexamene, Eudoxia, Leiothrix, Maximina, Polyxena, Rixende, Salvatrix, Viatrix, Xenokleia
Fox, Helix, Hendrix, Loxias, Lynx, Maxence, Pollux, Yrieix
Most of them are Greek, I realise.
Some surname/nature names as well: Flaxley, Foxwell, Galaxy, Axis, Equinox, Roxbury, Saxon

mariahsweet Says:

January 9th, 2012 at 12:54 am

Dexter and Maxwell should both be on this list!

We considered Huxley as a middle name for one of our sons, but more for T.H. Huxley than Aldous 🙂

We also thought about Baxter for a middle name, as a tribute to the great jazz musician Les Baxter.

mckennaberry Says:

January 21st, 2012 at 7:30 pm


Kat_Taylor Says:

February 8th, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Poppy528, I love Helix, it is my top choice if I have a boy. I found it and fell in love with it a couple years ago in the book “The Other Side of the Island” by Allegra Goodman.

Kyri Laina Says:

February 22nd, 2012 at 10:21 pm


Xanthe Says:

March 15th, 2012 at 2:29 am

@Mary-la: no Xanthe?
Yeah, many people I’ve met don’t like my name either, so don’t worry about it.

@rolo & lola: thanks guys! 🙂

@Kyri Laina: I love Axter, it’s so historical yet fresh sounding.

It’s nice for an X-ie to see more X names, because it’s weird, I don’t really like Xs myself. I much prefer softer sounds or Xs that go to Zs.

wildebeth Says:

February 25th, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Can I just say: slideshows are the WORST. They take forever to load, and unless I’m REALLY interested, I end up just closing the tab. In case you were wondering how those were going over….

DoctorWho Says:

July 27th, 2014 at 3:03 am

I love Felix, Alexander and Beatrix 🙂

theodorewilla Says:

November 24th, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Honestly, although many of these names are great, I was hoping to see names that started with the letter X.

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