A nickname for Alexandra

(49 Posts)
language Wed 28-Nov-12 12:38:59


We have a brand new baby Alexandra! We love the full name but can't find a nice nickname - we dislike both Alex and Lexie/ Any creative suggestions are welcome.

MarthasHarbour Wed 28-Nov-12 12:41:58

oh i came on to say Lexi wink



In Poland, the nickname for Alexandra is Ola. That probably doesn't help.

Congratulations though thanks

greenhill Wed 28-Nov-12 12:55:26


HokeyCokeyPigInAPokey Wed 28-Nov-12 12:56:41

I know an Alexandra and she's called Alexia

perplexedpirate Wed 28-Nov-12 12:57:42


Sandy, in the same was that it's a nickname for Alexander in Scotland?

LoveYouForeverMyBaby Wed 28-Nov-12 12:58:07


BoysAndGhouls Wed 28-Nov-12 13:35:06

Alexie or alexy is my DS nickname from alexander

greenhill Wed 28-Nov-12 13:48:09

Here's the wiki link for Sasha, the link gives other nicknames / derivatives too


imnotmymum Wed 28-Nov-12 13:49:27

Nick name for our Alexandra is zaza as my DC1 could not say Alexandra when Dd2 born so sort of picked up on the za-ra bit.

HarlettOScara Wed 28-Nov-12 13:51:28

My Alexandra is known as Sasha (but also gets called Zaza like the previous poster's)

akaemmafrost Wed 28-Nov-12 13:51:41

I've got an Alexandra. She is Alex and I love it but I wish I had know Sasha was a diminutive because I LOVE that name and would have used that as her nickname.

EIizaDay Wed 28-Nov-12 13:51:58

I can't quite understand this nickname stuff. You give a child a name. Isn't that what you call them? A nickname, sometimes, happens. That's it. Fullstop. You don't MAKE a nickname.

Sunny ( the name queen Victoria gave to her daughter Alexandra)

msrisotto Wed 28-Nov-12 13:58:12


Agree with Elizaday. Nicknames evolve almost over time, they are not deliberately given. Nicknames I know include vee, fuzzy, lulu (nothing like real name), splodge, rabbit, squiddy etc. Never understood why you would choose a name then consciously decide to call a child something else?

Hope88 Wed 28-Nov-12 14:46:42

I think it's Sasha.

We know a Xanna / Zanna, I've never heard it before but assume it's for Alexandra (or Susanna)

Floggingmolly Wed 28-Nov-12 14:52:08

Agree with others as to nicknames evolving; you generally don't get to control what it is either. I've never heard of new parents deliberately choosing the baby's nickname hmm

giraffe213 Wed 28-Nov-12 14:56:27

Nicknames: because some names seem too 'grown-up' for a squishy little baby (congratulations btw!) I like Sasha and Lexa, Ally works too.

Snowflakepie Wed 28-Nov-12 15:05:20

My cousins Dd is known as Alexa. My SIL deliberately chose her LOs nn because her name (Charlotte) could have a lot of short versions and one she really hated, so she started using one she liked so it would stick. Up to age 6 it has worked, she is Lottie, of course she might change her mind in future. Another cousin was always known as Lizzie (Elizabeth) but as a teenager decided she preferred Libbie. There's no hard and fast with these things! Just call her Alexandra and see what short names get used naturally.

evamummy Wed 28-Nov-12 15:31:33

Congratulations on your baby girl.

But I'm a little confused as to why you named her Alexandra if you don't like the names Alex and Lexie... because it is very likely that those might become her nicknames....

Otherwise how about Sandra?

MildredIsMyAlterEgo Wed 28-Nov-12 16:39:58

nn here is Ola - pronounced Olla (as in Ola Jordan off Strictly Come Dancing)

Good choice OP, mind you I am biased as I have an Olek (Aleksander) smile

Umnitsa Thu 29-Nov-12 00:59:27

Congratulations with your little daughter!!

I also have a baby Alexandra and her nn is Aloushka.

In Russian, other typical diminutives include Sasha /Sashenka, Alia / Alenka / Alechka as well as Shura / Shurochka.

amazingmumof6 Thu 29-Nov-12 01:19:27

congrats on baby girl!
I agree with Elizaday, evamummy and others - just call her Alexandra for now, nick names will emerge!

just a sample of our sons' nicknames:
DS1 - wishywashy
DS2 - bambam
DS3 - flopsy
DS4 - snowy
DS5 - zizizoo
and DD is currently called stinky-pinky, twirly-girlie or Lovepie - care to guess the real names of all 6 kids?

GrrrArghZzzzYaayforall8nights Thu 29-Nov-12 02:18:44

Agree with amazing, nicknames will emerge and the full name will not be a problem.

My Alexandra (5) prefers her full name to anything else. She has been called A, Alex, Andra, Xandra, Xandy, (and unname related nicknames like Slices and Tweedle 2) but calls herself and introduces herself as Alexandra. She also has no problem writing it, except for her desire to write everything in capital letters and runs out of space, but just continues it below.

Congrats on your little Alexandra! smile

piprabbit Thu 29-Nov-12 02:29:01

Xander (pronounced and sometimes spelled Zander). I think that this is Alexander Armstrong's (Pointless fame) family nickname.

Gugglebum Fri 30-Nov-12 02:42:13

My niece Alexandra goes by Allie. I agree that most nicknames just kind of show up and fit at some point.

EuroShopperEnergyDrink Fri 30-Nov-12 02:52:27

I know a Xandie smile

Very cute.

DolomitesDonkey Fri 30-Nov-12 06:14:15

Good luck with not getting her called Alex.

SchmancyPants Fri 30-Nov-12 06:40:19

I used to know an Alexandra who was called Lally. I believe this had evolved naturally from her difficulties saying her name as a child though- I agree with previous posters that you can't choose a nickname, it just happens! smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 30-Nov-12 06:45:47

My son had an Alexandra in his class who was always an Alexandra.

But they only grown up one I know is a Sasha

GreatGooglyMoogly Fri 30-Nov-12 07:12:02

I knew an Alexandra who was known as Alla smile.

shoobidoo Fri 30-Nov-12 13:57:21

The Alexandra I know goes by Sandra.

Pleasenomorepeppa Fri 30-Nov-12 14:01:52

The Alexandra I nannied for called herself ZsaZsa & we all started using it & variations of it.
Her actual nn was muncher or tubs!

ucat Sat 01-Dec-12 13:11:57

I like Lexie and Sasha. Sandra and Ally are cute. Alexa is too 80s and too grown-up for a baby. I read recently that Alexandra began as another name for the Greek goddess Hera. The post is interesting to find out more about your daughter's name: http://tellingvoice.com/blog/greek-root-thesis/

cat Sat 01-Dec-12 13:16:58

I am an Ally short for Alexandra.

Congratulations and great name choice wink

pixiestix Sat 01-Dec-12 13:18:32

I know siblings called Alexandra and Maximillian and they are never shortened. Can you imagine? I needed to find a one syllable nickname to grunt at DD within hours of her birth <lazy>

OkayHazel Wed 05-Dec-12 02:12:06

I know a Zaza.

notanotter Thu 06-Dec-12 21:52:49

our dd is Alexandra nn Sacha

i too not keen on Lexie

NotForProfit Thu 06-Dec-12 22:51:59

I have a 2 yr oldAlexandra. I'm really glad other people are cottoning on as this name fell out of the top 100 this year & i couldnt understand why. She's an Alex/Allie.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Thu 06-Dec-12 22:54:06

I know an Alexandra who is always known as Dradra. Oh wait.

Contrived diminutives always seem a bit bogus to me I'm afraid,

rachel234 Fri 07-Dec-12 10:36:11

In my experience nicknames evolve naturally and she may well have different nickname at school and at home.
I know two Alexandras - one goes by Alex, the other by Sandra.

dizzydixies Fri 07-Dec-12 20:39:44

Ours is Lexie but her sister calls her Sassy smile

language Wed 12-Dec-12 10:20:19

Thanks for your ideas! I really like Sasha and Allie

shoobidoo Thu 13-Dec-12 22:34:36

Most Alexandras that I know are known as Alex but one is known as Sandra.

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