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Origin: Greek
Meaning: Helper of Mankind

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  • Records indicate that 214,657 girls in the United States have been named Alexandra since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1993, when 10,668 people in the U.S. were given the name Alexandra. Those people are now 27 years old.

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      36 Positive Comments

  • "My only daughter is called Alexandra. I love this name because it signifies strength and I really wanted by baby to be a strong person." May. 21, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Alexandra and I think it is beautiful and royal, however, it is a tad long to be called at school. I go by Ally, or Alex. But I love Alexandra and totally love being called Alexandra outside school." May. 6, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name! I think it's beautiful and I love that it can be shortened to Alex. I recently got my name legally changed to Alexandra, I prefer to be called Alex though. The reason I picked Alexandra over Alex was so that I could have the best of both names! Every Alexandra and Alex I've known have been sweet too, so I have no bad memories associated with this name." Jan. 31, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name and I love it! I'm British and here my name isn't as common as in US. My favorite singer is Sandy Denny and I'm proud that we share the same name. I go by Alexandra or Sandy. Never Alex, Lexi and anything similar because they are also nicknames for Alexa, Alexandria, Alexis and I want people to know that I'm Alexandra. I hate when I say: "My name is Alexandra" and hear: "Nice to meet you, Alex". Then I say: "I'm not Alex, I'm Alexandra, or you can call me Sandy". If this person still call me Alex, Allie, Lexi etc... I don't answer. Even when I say that I am Sandy, some people thinks that I am Sandra, and this is annoying. But I love my name and think it's the best gift I've got from my parents. Now I'm pregnant, and if I have a son I'll give him the name Alexander. I thought of Alasdair (his biological father is Scottish), but Alexandra and Alexander is better idea :) And when it'll be a daughter her middle name will be Sandy. After me and after Sandy Denny." Jul. 5, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Alexandra Elizabeth & goes by Lexi. What's funny is I had not heard that name much at all but I think there was an increase in popularity in the very late '90's & pretty early 2000 because it's very popular among her age group. I was 16 when I got pregnant, turned 17 very shortly prior to giving birth & wasn't sure if I was going to do an adoption. Obviously I didn't but because of that I hadn't even considered names. My poor daughter was called "The Baby" for 2wks while I traded ideas back & forth w/my dad, whom we live with. My name is 9 letters for each of the 3 (first, middle, last) & I wanted that to go for my daughter's name also. Why? It just always seemed neat to me & I thought it would really be neat if both my daughter AND my self had that. I got to work on it & I'm not kidding when I say I worked hard to pick a name that fit all my criteria. Besides the 9 letter thing (yes she has my last name) I insisted it NOT be one of these strange things people name their kids today (not only do I see that as mean to the kid but selfish on behalf of the parents. That & I don't have the money for the potential therapy needed after years of being picked on!!!). From there I wanted it to have a good nickname & if possible, a name that had a couple of nickname choices so SHE could decide what she wanted to be called as she grew up. Another important piece was that the name, the full first name, not a nickname, be something respectful, adult, a name a professional could use (I'm not sure if I'm describing what I mean very well). No offense to anyone but I couldn't picture "Dr.Kandy" or "Barbie Smith, Attorney at Law" (& I mean BARBIE not what some people use for a Barbara's nickname) & other things like that. It also had to be a GIRL'S name. Personally I'm not fond of the inter-sex names. So there's the crazy amount of criteria I had for naming my daughter! I love it but you have to keep in mind I'm biased ;) From what I know, my daughter likes it as well. She does, however, hate when people call her Alex, Alexis, Alexia & other things are not her established names. Names are a big deal & as I OBVIOUSLY believe, deserve a lot of thought & planning." Jun. 29, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My best friend's name is Alexandra but everyone calls her Allie or Allie-cat! I love the name. I was thinking of naming my future daughter after her." Jun. 16, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a 6 year old girl and her name is Alexandra.My husband and I loved the name and so does our daughter.We call her Alex for short or precious.This is one of the most beautiful calssic names for a girl in our view.WE LOVE IT NUFF SAID!" Dec. 2, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Having spent many years in the forces, a real good friend of mine, who I'd known since I joined, was called Alexander. We eventually lost contact after the 1st Gulf War - I was also involved in a motorbike accident in which I nearly died! The helmet which ensured my survival was his - after recovery, my wife had a daughter and we named her Alexandra....." Aug. 10, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Alexandra. Yes, there are many Alexandras especially in my generation. in fact the year I was born it was on the top 10. That is not why my parents named me Alexandra though. Alexandra is the name of a Queen, but not petty ones. Strong, noble deities were given this Greek-Orthodox-originating name because it means "protector and defender of mankind, strength and intelligence". However when I was a little girl my grandmother gave me the nickname Xanthe. Xanthe is not made up, it is a Greek name from mythology. Ever since then, I have never been called "Alix", "Alex", "Allie", "Sandra", or any Alexandra derivative. It's just been Xanthe Xanthe Xanthe my whole life and everyone seems to like that unique name. However, I do NOT prefer Xanthe to Alexandra. I love my name. It is a royal hidden name that is romantic enough that only my closest family ever calls me. And every time I hear it I just fall into a daze of how I am a royal princess who's true name is only known among the royal family and is rarely solicited for her own image and sophisticated grandeur is too exquisite to be overused by commoners. That sounds very snooty of me to say, but for such a dreamer as myself it is merely the way I think of it. If you are worried about the popularity of the name you could name your child Alexandra and call her something else unique so she still has an illustrious and highly romantic name, but she wont be mistaken for the other Alexandras out there because of her nickname. Trust me. Her name and character will still make a lasting good first impression and even non-traditionalists will recognize the ferver of a royal name. I don't mean to brag or be snootish on this matter, I merely want to answer those who think it is too popular. Today, actually it is not quite so overused. ps. I am also an extreme romantic so to put things in perspective..." Jun. 28, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my daughters name is Alix, i love it and i dont know of any other Alix's yet. i think its a beautiful name and suits her as the meaning suggests noble, and noble she is." Jan. 12, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My middle name is Alexandra & I adore it! I love my given first name too & will answer to it by my family and a few close friends, but primarily go by "Alix" as a variation of my middle name. My middle name fits me very well, especially now as an adult. Alexandra is a very beautiful name & I love the meaning. Only fairly recently did I realize the history behind both variations, but "Alix" in particular as I didn't know anyone else who spelled it with an "i" as a nickname. There is a very long history of "Alexanders" on both sides of my family. Thanks to my grandmother, "Alix" with an "i" is the family tradition for the spelling of the nickname in the female form, which I adore! As another mentioned, the spelling came from Princess Alexandra "Alix" of Denmark, better known as Queen Alexandra of England, as my grandmother is quite the "Anglophile." I pronounce my name in either form ("Alexandra" or "Alix") differently, depending on whether I am speaking English or Swedish & respond to both. It can be confusing using my middle name here in the states because it is not as common for people to go by their middle name in the US as in Sweden. My pet peeve is when people spell it "Alex," so I feel the compulsion to spell it immediately after meeting new people. It's a bit irritating but worth it to me because I AM & feel like an "Alexandra" or an "Alix," but not an Alex." Nov. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Alexandra and I useed to dislike it, preffering to be caled Alex. But I hate any nicknames now and I like to be called by my full name." Sep. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Alexandra, and i love it, but it's too long for someone as petite as I am, so i've always been called Lexy. When i get to college, I'll probably go by Alexandra. I love both Lexy and Alexandra." Apr. 26, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My middle name is Alexandra, I like it, but it's pretty long, and I have a short first and last name." Mar. 2, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Alexandra...i love it...its really long though, sometimes it gets cut off and teachers have mistaked it for alexander (embarrasing)...not a lot of people call me by my whole name, they call me...ale, parents are spanish so they call me alejandra." Jul. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Alexiel. That's what my parents called me to set me apart from the various other Alex's in my classes. I love my unique name, and the name Alexandra suits me well." Jun. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is alexandra and i like it, ever since i was young i love people calling me alex, but the only problem i have is that there are 5 alex's in my class" Apr. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my mothers name and she loves it! She is named after her father, Alexander. She is called "Sandy" by her family. Only a handful of people call her "Alex."" Mar. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Alexandra. I was named for Queen Alexandra of England. I use the nickname "Alix" or "Allie." "Alix" because my namesake used "Alix" and "Allie" because that particular spelling is a family name. I used to hate my name (it seemed boring), but now that I am older (almost 27), I go by my full name because it's quite elegant, sophisticated, and it makes me feel powerful and intelligent (which helps since I'm a college professor... ha!)... not to mention that some of the most beautiful women in the world are named Alexandra. My only gripe is that people insist on calling me "Alexandria" which makes me want to tear my hair out. That sounds irrational, but it's NOT my name and some people are serial offenders!" Feb. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Alexandra everyone calls me Alex, but i find people get it mixed up with Alexander which is the boys name (although some boys say this on purpose) overall i love the name." Feb. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Alexandra is the name of my one and only grandchild aged just 7 years. It is such a beautiful name and really suits her as she will stick up for anyone who she feels is being treated unfairly. We live in the UK where this name is not very common and there is only one other girl in her school with this name. We tend to call her Alex and she is happy with this. She also happens to love her name too." Sep. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Aleksandra, which is the Polish spelling of the name. It gets misspelled 'Alexsandra' all the time. I tell people that, phoenetically, the 'ks' makes the 'x' sound. I thought it was a prettier spelling. My daughter's full name is Aleksandra Grace Elizabeth and her initials spell AGEM. It fits her because she is the first girl in two generations n my husband's side as well as the first grandchild and great-grandchild on both sides. We call her Ally and some people also call her Aleks, Leksi or Sasha. She answers to all of them. I love this name!" Aug. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I just named one of my twin girls Alexandra Marie. I love it. They're only 3 months old. I didn't realize that it was so popular though. I don't know anyone with the name, I've just always liked it." Apr. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sister is named Alexandra, but everyone calls her Allie. The only problem with that is that our aunt spells her name wrong (Ally)" Feb. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My bff's name is Alexandra. Our teachers call her Alex, but she goes by Zan, Zandra, Xan, or Xandra. aleXANdra. I love this name SOO much." Nov. 8, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is our first choice for when we have a girl. I think it sounds very strong and I love the fact that it has nicknames." Oct. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Its not my name but it is where i got my daughters name from. Her Name is Zandra. I just love it." Oct. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is an Alexandra, she is 6 and no one calls her Alexandra, I call her Alex, dad calls her Allie..poor child has so many names she doesn't even turn around when I do happen to call her Alexandra." Sep. 25, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love it because it's my name, and because it has a beautiful sound to it!" Aug. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My father is from Alexandria,Egypt and that is how I got this LOVELY name. My family usually calls me Alex, unless they are really mad at me and then they call me Alexandra. Many people call me Ali, and some call me Alexandra the Great, because, well I am. This is probably the best name in the world." Jul. 26, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I used to hate my name when I was very much younger, but now I love it. I don't meet many Alexandra's around. It's a beautiful and regal name." Jun. 2, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name, and whenever I tell people it, they always call me Alex, or Alexa which I really don't like." Apr. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I luv the name Alexandra i named my daughter that and i also have alot of friends with the name alexandra and same with my duaghter there are actually 5 girls with the name alexandra in her class." Nov. 22, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Wonderful name! It weighs a lot since it was borne by characters of great importance throughout history. And besides, it sounds clean and open, as in with broad horizons, endless perhaps. I love it. It's not my name but it is my choice of name for when I'll have a little girl." Sep. 2, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I happen to love my name. Alexandra is often associated with Alexandera Egypt and Alexander the Great. I think it is a very lovely name. There are many nicknames which i go by, such as Alex, Ally, Ally Gator, Al, and more. I think this name is classic, when I was younger I went by Alex and now that i am married and have two kids of my own I go by Alexandra." Jul. 1, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm 30 years old and have met maybe 5 people with this name... It seems to be growing in popularity though." Jun. 20, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      3 Negative Comments

  • "My name is Alexandra and I hate it. I have a very unusaul taste in names and it's too common. I have had an Alexandra in my class one too many times and in year one and 2 i had to deal with people calling me Alexandra McK because there was another Alexandra M. I hate being called Alex becaus eit's boring, and becaus eit's my cousins name and a guys name too so people call me Lexa" May. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Alexandra and no one, I mean no one will leave it long. I can date myself to who calls me which ever end I am using at the time (Andra or Alex)" Feb. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is alexandra and everybody calls me alex. i dont really like the name alex because every associates it with being a boys name when i know lots of girls called alex !!!" Nov. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      31 Neutral Comments

  • "I love my name Alexandra but for my nick name I have people call me Alexa and I get made fun of for that name bc of the Amazon Alexa they say what?s the weather today, and other things even though I ask them to stop. Also I hate when my teachers call me the names that I don?t want to be called like Lexi, Alexis, Alexandria. Just listen to what I tell you my name is!!! But I still love my name I feel that it is unique but not to unique where someone wouldn?t have ever have heard that name before." Sep. 1, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Alexandra and i love it. I love the meaning and everything. Im glad my parents changed their mind on my name because they were gonna name me lincoln. What a weird name for a girl lol!" Dec. 26, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my full name, though everyone has always called me Alex except in elementary school I had a teacher who wouldn't let me be called Alex because it was a "boy's name". I think Alex suits me better, I'm a tomboy." Oct. 25, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name Alexandra Elizabeth. Most people would picture a blonde hair blue eyed but im black haired blue eyed and pale. The name has beauty to it, plus my nickame: Lexi, has the spice I have lol im sweet amd spicy ;)" Nov. 4, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My names Alexandra and i hate it, people are always calling me Alexandria and spelling it wrong. also its so common, every where you go there is someone named Alex or Alexandra." Mar. 18, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my 19 month old daughter Alexandra Elizabeth Ava. My husband's middle name is Alexander, his mother was Elizabeth, and his grandmother was Ava. His mother died of Alzheimer's disease 2 months after my daughter was born. And his grandmother died in childbirth right after delivering my MIL (she never knew her mother). We call her Ally for short, but I just started calling her Alexandra a couple times a day just so she will learn to respond to it. To me, the name has a royal sound to it, and being the only girl in a family with 4 boys, she is definitely the spoiled princess! For some reason she likes to munch on cat food, so we sometimes call her Ally-cat." Feb. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Alexandra too. My whole name is Alexandra Skye Rivera. People seem to like it alot but it's ok I guess. Its growing on me. I get called Alex, Allie, Sandra (by my little cousin) and Allibaba (my mother) :)" Dec. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was thinking of naming my daughter Alexandra. Does anyone have any good ideas for a middle name?" Sep. 20, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm an Alexandra and I've never liked it. Everyone always tells me what a beautiful name it is, but it just has never suited me. I don't like the nickname I got stuck with either, but I'm too old (30's) to change that, too." Apr. 21, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think the name Alexandra Rose is just so beautiful and timeless. you could nebver go wrong with this name,it is timeless." Apr. 21, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "omgeee so many people have the name Alexandra i think its a great name .... my name is Alexandra and i love it there are many nick names Alex, Alexa lols i LOVE my name!" Oct. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Alexandra and I love it. It is very elegant and pretty. It also isn't very common so it makes it very unique. I get called Alex alot and sometimes Allie. I love this name." Jan. 27, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my sisters name is alexandra but we call her alex, the name is rather long she really doesnt know her name cause she's one yr old but i'm sure she'll love it" Nov. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is alexandra and for many years i wouldnt let anyone call me anything else. but people are just too lazy to say alexandra and everyone calls me something different. often alex or aly but thats not all...its too long for me i think" Jul. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is named Alexandra, and it means Helper of Mankind. My husband liked that bit, but I didn't, and I still don't. I'm just glad little Alexandra Anne turned out fine!" Jul. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Alexandra is the name on my birth certificate but I have NEVER been called it. To my friends I'm Lexy (or Lex), my family call me Alex or Ally, I've been called Zandra, Andie, Sandy - the wierdest one is Dra! LOTS of nickname possibilities from Alexandra - it's classic and regal but can be made funky and modern really easily. I love my name." Jul. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My best friends name is Alexandra! I LOVE HER SOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!! Everyone just calls her Alex though.." Jun. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sisters called Alexandra but we all call her Ali. She gets angry but it's to hard to "change our ways" and call her Alexandra...IT'S TOO LONG" Jun. 7, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. The worst part is when people see my name on a list and think I am a boy. I hate it even more when people call me Alexis or Alexandria. But, other than that, Alexandra is an awesome name." Apr. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "this is my name and i was born on 1991 so my name was popular back then and people call me alli alexx or al" Mar. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hey,my name is Alexandra and i'm 12. I really like my name. I mean think of the poor babies who get stuck with these off the wall names. I'm proud and thankful to be an Alexandra. A lot of people call me Alex, Aly or Alexis. I don't really mind. Being an Alexandra ROCKS MY SOCKS!!!XD" Jan. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name's AleKSandra... and to be honest i've ALWAYS hated it. it's just much too long and i also hate always going by Alex which sounds too much boy-like. my parents thought it would be something different to spell it with KS instead of X but i'm not really sure if that was the right decision because almost everyone spells it wrong... even my mom." Dec. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Alexandra, and frankly I dont really like the name. Mainly because its too common these days and people are really too lazy to call you by your full name and im too lazy to call myself by my full name. Everyone just calls me Alex. Its strikes me as a name for royalty as well and that puts me off it as well." Oct. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name although I used to hate it for being too fussy. I like it now because its not that common. People always compliment me on my name and alot of people have said its their name of choice for a future baby." Oct. 9, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is alex and i dont care what other people think cause im special(ed)lol and not other people and thats the way i am" Oct. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name Alexandra, but when I was in school, and I was called to the office, they would always say Alexandria instead of Alexandra, and that got me really irritated." Jul. 19, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my bffs name is alexandra but everuyone calls her aslex" Jun. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a 19 year old Alexandra and my lifelong best friend is also Alexandra! I know so many Alex's its rediculous between males and females. A little annoying. If it wasn't so pupular I'd love it!" Jun. 13, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "im 12 years old and my name is Alexandra. Everyone that I know is too lazy call me Alexandra So they make up names like Allison Alex Ally Al and I just want them to call by my name. Ive told them vefore but they dont listen" May. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Alexandra and Alex for short but i dont realy like it as Alex is a more guys name and Alexandra is too long" Nov. 23, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name. People are too lazy to call me Alexandra, they always call me Alex. This becomes a problem because Alex is more used by guys. It's a strong name used by Queens and other famous people or landmarks" Jul. 21, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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