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Best International Variations of Alexandra

You may choose to use one of the international variations of Alexandra rather than the original. Although on the decline, Alexandra has been a popular name for many years — it recently slipped out of the Top 100 in 2015 after twenty years. Alexa, a diminutive, is more popular than the original, despite the connection to the smart device.

Along with Alexa, other international variations of Alexandra in the US Top 1000 include Alexis, Alexandria, Alessandra, Alejandra, Lexi, Alexia, Lexie, and Alessia. Unique options that are fashionable elsewhere in the world include Alessa, Alya, Sasha, and Sandrine.

Many international forms of Alexandra have appealing associations, including Alexandrina, the first name of Queen Victoria, and Sasha, as both Beyoncé’s alter ego Sasha Fierce and the nickname of former First Daughter Sasha Obama (born Natasha).

If you are looking for a striking alternative or creative nickname for Alexandra, browse our list of the best international variations of Alexandra, below.
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AlexandraHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek, feminine form of Alexander
  • Meaning:

    "defending men"
  • Description:

    Alexandra is the feminine form of Alexander, which ultimately derived from the Greek components alexein, meaning “to defend,” and anēr, “man.” In Greek mythology, Alexandra was an epithet of the goddess Hera. International variations include Alessandra and Alejandra.

SashaHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian, diminutive of Greek Alexander
  • Meaning:

    "defending men"
  • Description:

    Sasha, largely male in Russia--and also spelled Sascha and Sacha--is an energetic name that has really taken off for girls here, chosen by Jerry Seinfeld (using the alternate Sascha spelling) and other celebs. The Barack Obamas use it as the nickname for their younger daughter, whose proper name is Natasha. But in line with a trend toward softer-sounding boys' names like Asher and Joshua and thanks to Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen, Sasha also still has life as a boys' name too--it's popular in France for boys and girls almost equally.

AlessiaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Alexis
  • Meaning:

    "defending warrior"
  • Description:

    Young Canadian pop singer Alessia Cara has given this spicy-sounding name a new lease on life, propelling it into the Top 1000 in 2016. (It was one of the year's fastest-rising girls' names.) The main risk is that it feels so close to Alexa, Alicia, Alexis and Alyssa-- all becoming overused -- that it could be mistaken for one of those more familiar names.

AlexisHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "defender"
  • Description:

    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.

AlyaHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "heavens, highborn, exalted"
  • Description:

    Alya is most familiar in the US in its much-more-complicated form Aaliyah, the spelling used by the later singer. The traditional name of the star system Theta Serpentis, Alya is also an established Muslim first name and a Turkish place-name. It may also be a Russian short form for Alexandra or any other Al- name.
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AlessandraHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian and Spanish variation of Alexandra
  • Meaning:

    "defending men"
  • Description:

    This softened version is even prettier than the original.

LexiHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Alexandra
  • Description:

    Lexi and Lexie, pixieish offshoots of the prolific Alex family, have come into their own.

AlexaHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Greek Alexandra
  • Meaning:

    "defending men"
  • Description:

    Alexa -- the simple and most feminine form of the Alexandra-Alexis group -- has retained its staying power. It entered the popularity list in 1973, and has been a steadily popular choice for several decades now.

AlexiaHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Alexandria
  • Meaning:

    "defending men"
  • Description:

    This diminutive, similar to Alex or Alexis, has been yo-yoing in popularity since the turn of the 21st century.

AlexandriaHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Alexandra, Greek
  • Meaning:

    "defending men"
  • Description:

    Alexandria turns Alexandra into a more distinctive place-name, in both Egypt and Virginia.
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AlondraHeart

  • Origin:

    Pet form of Alejandra or Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "lark"
  • Description:

    A Spanish TV show made this one popular, along with single-named Mexican singer, Alondra.

SandraHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Alessandra, Italian from Greek
  • Meaning:

    "defending men"
  • Description:

    2012's Hurricane Sandy blew away whatever style currency Sandra retained from its 1960s Sandra Dee heyday. While in recent years it's been associated with Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, as a baby name Sandra is sinking beneath the waves.

AliHeart

  • Origin:

    Short form of Alison or Alice or Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "supreme, exalted"
  • Description:

    One of the sweet simple unisex names balanced enough to stand on its own. Ali can either be used as a shortening of Al- beginning names and is also an Arabic name in its own right.

OlaHeart

  • Origin:

    Norwegian and Swedish form of Olaf
  • Meaning:

    "ancestor's relic"
  • Description:

    Simple, friendly, distinctive name heard in several cultures. The a ending may feel more feminine in the US than Ole, though both variations are acceptable in Scandinavia.

EliHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "ascended, uplifted, high"
  • Description:

    More than 50 baby girls were named Eli last year. Some of those were deliberately given the Biblical name in the US Top 100 for boys, though for others Eli might be a variant spelling of Ellie.
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SandrineHeart

  • Origin:

    French variation of Alexandra
  • Description:

    Sophisticated French choice. Or toxic petrochemical.

AlejandraHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish variation of Alexandra
  • Meaning:

    "defending men"
  • Description:

    Alejandra, the Spanish form of this popular and multivaried name, has fans both in and outside the Latino community. Still, it has lost ground since its peak in the 1990s.

AlexinaHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Alexandra, Greek
  • Meaning:

    "defending men"
  • Description:

    This spin on the "Alex" prefix was the 88th most popular girl name in Scotland in 1900.

AlaHeart

  • Origin:

    Igbo mythological name or Polish, diminutive of Alicja
  • Meaning:

    "nobility"
  • Description:

    Ala is the Igbo earth goddess whose symbol is the crescent moon. In a very different vein, Ala can be a diminutive for Alicja or Alexandra or really any other name with an A at both ends and an L in the middle. Ala is also an Arabic name meaning "excellence, supremacy"; could be confused as a homonym for Allah, or as part of a phrase like a la mode.
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ZandraHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Sandra and Alexandra
  • Meaning:

    "defending men"
  • Description:

    A name that is rarely heard and might be worth considering as a way of zipping up a namesake Sandra. It has long been associated with iconoclastic British fashion designer Zandra Rhodes.

AlexandrinaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek, variation of Alexandra,
  • Meaning:

    "defending men"
  • Description:

    Alexandrina is the most elaborate and unusual of the Alex- girls's names.The real first name of Queen Victoria, who was given it in honor of her godfather, Alexander I of Russia (her childhood nickname was Drina), it would make a distinctive pick, even though some might find five syllables a bit much. It was particularly popular in Scotland in the 1930s.

AllaHeart

  • Description:

    A short form of Alexandra and Alice used everywhere from Russia to Spain. A fresh alternative to Allie.

SachaHeart

  • Origin:

    French variation of Sasha, diminutive of Alexander
  • Meaning:

    "defending warrior"
  • Description:

    Sasha in all its forms -- which include Sacha and Sascha -- is rising in popularity for both boys and girls, especially with the Sasha spelling attached to one of the First Daughters.

AlexandrineHeart

  • Origin:

    French and German variation of Alexandra
  • Meaning:

    "defending men"
  • Description:

    Alexandra is a name with many international variations, elaborations and short forms, and Alexandrine is one of the more unusual. Another, Alexandrina, was the first name of Queen Victoria.
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XandraHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish, diminutive of Alexandra
  • Meaning:

    "man's defender"
  • Description:

    The initial X is pronounced like a Z. Confusing? Potentially. But there are enough Alexandras and Xanders through the Western World these days that this spelling wouldn't seem outlandish.

ShuraHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian, diminutive of Alexandra
  • Meaning:

    "defending men"
  • Description:

    Shura is a unisex Russian nickname for Aleksandr or Aleksandra, themselves forms of Alexander. Less known in the English-speaking world than Sasha, it's also more assertive — probably because of that "sure" sound.
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OlesiaHeart

  • Origin:

    Polish, diminutive of Aleksandra
  • Description:

    Sounds a bit pharmaceutical.

AlastrionaHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish: feminine form of Alasdar
  • Description:

    Spelled Alastríona in its native language, this Irish cousin of Alexandra is little-known but fairly intuitive.
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AlekseyHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian
  • Meaning:

    "defender"
  • Description:

    Alternative transliteration of Alexei
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KinaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hawaiian, Swedish
  • Meaning:

    "short form"
  • Description:

    The Hawaiian form of Gina or Tina (as well as the word for the country China), or in Swedish, a short form of Katharina or Kristina.
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SondraHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Sandra
  • Description:

    Considered distinctive back when Sandra was stylish.
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