a feminine nickname for Alexandra

(35 Posts)
teaandcoffeeaddict Sat 04-Jan-14 17:25:09

We have a little Alexandra and we (the family) always call her by her full name. But a lot of people call her Alex, which I really dislike. We're French and in France nicknames are less common, so we didn't think about the nickname problem!
Any suggestions for a nice feminine nickname? My older children suggested Lily - would it be too contrived? What about Alix?

teaandcoffeeaddict Tue 14-Jan-14 14:13:52

Could Alice be a nickname for Alexandra in English, or is it too big a push?

Sussex31 Tue 07-Jan-14 18:16:41

I am an Alexandra and have been known as Sandy since I was little. Alexandra -> Sandra -> Sandy.

sykadelic15 Mon 06-Jan-14 21:36:49

Re not liking nicknames.. my husband has a commonly shortened name like your daughter (e.g. Timothy / Tim - not actual name). People ALWAYS shorten it and he corrects them (random people if they see his name at work, or hear his name will shorten it... it's very strange). If they keep doing it or refuse to stop he starts calling them bad words! Like "hey F***face" etc. When they ask him what he said that for he replies "you keep calling me something that isn't my name, so I'm doing the same". Helps them get the point a little easier :P I call him the shortened name, as do his close friends and family. Only people he likes are allowed to use the shortened version (which was confusing this morning when I called him at work and they weren't sure who I meant :P)

Personally I don't mind nicknames to a certain extent and sadly you'll have little control over it for much longer.

Also, Alexander is actually my brother's middle name. He has a family specific (and unusual) first name but he was always supposed to be known as Alex. Unfortunately once he started school that decision was taken out of our hands so his friends call him a shortened version of his first name, and his family call him Al/Ali/Alex. Mum was pretty upset about it for a while but we just treat it like his first name is his friends nickname for him and we just call him Al smile

teaandcoffeeaddict Mon 06-Jan-14 20:31:03

procrastinating: you surely have a point!

procrastinatingagain Mon 06-Jan-14 09:20:26

Alex and alix sound the same, surely?
If you don't like nicknames, tell people to call her by her full name. I don't necessarily think having an approved nickname will be any easier, you'll still have to insist on it, so you might as well insist on her full name!

teaandcoffeeaddict Mon 06-Jan-14 08:58:15

I like Lalie , and Alix is starting to grow on me! Any other ideas are welcome... I like Nellie as well as the middle name is Helene

Theonlyoneiknow Sun 05-Jan-14 22:47:33

I know one who has the nn Sashka

OnABabyDiet Sun 05-Jan-14 22:19:58

Allie smile

RubySparks Sun 05-Jan-14 22:13:04

Lallie - used in our family as a nickname for Alexandra

sykadelic15 Sun 05-Jan-14 22:10:22

My brother is Alexander, and his nicknames are Alex, Al, Lex (luthor when he's being annoying), Ali (baba and the 40 thieves when i'm feeling silly)... usually Al.

My friends sister is Alexandra. Her nickname is Alex and all manner of other weird childhood specific things to do with her last name, or her hobbies.

Rosencrantz Sun 05-Jan-14 21:07:18

I know a ZaZa

znaika Sat 04-Jan-14 19:19:02

Also In Russian- the home of the obscure nickname- Sanya or Shura!! (both unisex)

NigellasDealer Sat 04-Jan-14 19:18:56

Ola

YY to Sasha or Sach, I have two lovely friends called Sasha and Sach!

Brokenpurpleheart Sat 04-Jan-14 19:14:43

I came on to say Sasha too, Russian nn

teaandcoffeeaddict Sat 04-Jan-14 19:12:05

Thanks for your responses so far! I must admit I'm not a fan of Lexi either and I love the full name...

KongKickeroo Sat 04-Jan-14 19:08:05

Alexa is lovely. I know a couple of stand-alone Alexas, don't see why it can't be short for Alexandra though.

cariadmawr Sat 04-Jan-14 19:06:27

I love.the name lexie myself

cariadmawr Sat 04-Jan-14 19:06:05

I love.the name lexie myself

scripsi Sat 04-Jan-14 19:04:33

I know an Alexandra, nn Saskia

FloellaDaVille Sat 04-Jan-14 19:03:01

I teach a couple of Polish Aleksandras and their nicknames have both been Ola. Not sure where that comes from though.

brokenhearted55a Sat 04-Jan-14 18:59:48

Lexi is horrid.

You dont have to accept the nickname. Insist people call her by her full name.

badtime Sat 04-Jan-14 18:35:11

Northern, most people pronounce Alex and Alix the same, even if it's typed in all caps - the vowel is usually a schwa rather than a strong e or i sound.

FrumiousBandersnatch Sat 04-Jan-14 18:07:38

Came in to suggest Sasha too.

NorthernLebkuchen Sat 04-Jan-14 17:33:54

I love Alix. It's not the same as A-LEX. It's A-LICKS. You could try Alicky as well if that appeals? A-LICK-EE

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