Is Alex a boy or girl name?

(45 Posts)
RPosieB Thu 13-Dec-12 19:13:01

I'm pregnant with a boy and LOVE the name Alex (short for Alejandro) but my husband has vetoed it saying it's a girl's name! Is it? Really?

juneybean Thu 13-Dec-12 19:13:43

It's unisex however most Alex I know are boys

Bakingtins Thu 13-Dec-12 19:15:18

Short for both Alexander or Alexandra (I guess Alejandro is a Spanish variation?). I would assume an Alex could be either sex.

StNickHasHisXmasTeakozyOn Thu 13-Dec-12 19:15:49

Alexander/Alexandra. 'Tis unisex innit.

7to25 Thu 13-Dec-12 19:16:09

I would say both but in Scotland definately a boys name.
Please tell your husband to write to Govan's finest export and tell him he has a girl's name!

survivingwinter Thu 13-Dec-12 19:17:30

I would automatically assume Alex was a boy but do know a few female Alex's. Much more popular for a boy though.

scaevola Thu 13-Dec-12 19:19:04

It's a completely unisex nn.

Pizzaexpress2 Thu 13-Dec-12 19:21:08

Unisex but my Alex is a boy. Mostly boy Alex's at school here.

RPosieB Thu 13-Dec-12 19:21:27

That's what I thought!! Bakingtins we live in Spain so wanted a Spanish hint.... Am definitely thinking of taking your advice 7to25 and rounding up the most manly Alex's I can find so hubby can tell them they're girlie! Ha! I also like Charlie, but not sure it's a great name for a grown up? Or Javi (pronounced havi, more or less). Any opinions?

TidyDancer Thu 13-Dec-12 19:23:42

Alex is a definitely unisex name, but IME it's predominantly female.

Lovely name though. smile

Not keen on Javi, Charlie is okay, but I would use Charles as the full name.

Bakingtins Thu 13-Dec-12 19:44:20

Javi/havi is likely to become "Chavvy" if you venture to the UK.

MolotovCocktail Thu 13-Dec-12 20:39:11

In my mind, I would assume Alex is a boy but I know plenty of female Alex's. It's a truly unisex NN.

SomersetONeil Thu 13-Dec-12 21:02:13

I would assume an Alex was a boy, but it is equally a girls' name - Alexander/Alesandra, respectively.

Javi is a gorgeous nickname, but likewise, I'd warn against it in the UK due to it sounding just a bit to much like the c-word...

Oh, and Alex blows Charlie out of the water.

SomersetONeil Thu 13-Dec-12 21:03:40

Oh right, Javi is an actual name; not a nickname. I wouldn't recommend, if planning to spend time in the UK or other countries where the word chav has spread and is widely recognised.

shoobidoo Thu 13-Dec-12 21:13:24

I know more females names Alex, short for Alexandra. But I suppose it is unisex.

Javi is lovely but only if pronounced Havi (not J-avi).

Pendipidy Thu 13-Dec-12 21:36:03

i knew someone who called their first child, a girl, Alexandra and then their second , a boy , Alexander! they ended up with nicknames of girl Sandra and boy Alex. very odd ! shock

shoobidoo Thu 13-Dec-12 22:32:35

Alexandra and Alexander - really shock?!

RPosieB Fri 14-Dec-12 09:51:24

Alexander and Alexandra? Seriously? I have an Olivia and love the name Oliver but SO wouldn't!!
Somerset I was madly trying to work out how Javi was like the C word (as in C U Next Tuesday...) till I realised you meant chav! Doh!!
Javi would usually be short for Javier. Funnily enough it's often pronounced Chavvy in Northern Spain but fortunately we live in the South so he would definitely be a 'Havi'.
Definitely no plans to move back to the UK so Javi is still the favourite......

Both. I know both female and male Alexes.

cece Sat 15-Dec-12 11:35:35

Can be eother sex but to me I automatically think of a girl first.

GalaxyDisaStar Sat 15-Dec-12 11:39:37

It is one of the only names I can think of which have no gender association for me. Joe also, but only when spoken as the spelling are different. Maybe Sam for adults, but a child i would assume a boy.

Pendipidy Sat 15-Dec-12 15:08:21

yup, really. they said they didn't realise of the shortening of name problem! shock

VBisme Sat 15-Dec-12 15:11:35

Alexandra is a girl, Alexander is a boy, Alex is a unisex nickname for either.
I think it's lovely.

Unisex, but as mine is male, I think boy.

RyleDup Sat 15-Dec-12 16:57:30


wonkylegs Sat 15-Dec-12 17:00:08

I know both girl & boy Alex's

GrimmaTheNome Sat 15-Dec-12 17:00:49

Unisex; if you want gender specific variants then Alec for a boy or Alexis for a girl

onthemetro Sat 15-Dec-12 17:02:04

Both, Alexander/Alexandra as others have said. I know an Alix (who is a girl), I really like that

Chislemum Sat 15-Dec-12 17:29:39

Definitely both. My brother is Alex(ander), my friend is Alex(andra). It is the prefect name too as it works in so many language. It is my DS's middle name.

Tigresswoods Sat 15-Dec-12 17:31:53

Truly unisex

Unisex. We have a girl Alex, there is a boy Alex in her class and another boy Alex in the village.

everlong Sat 15-Dec-12 19:17:23

I love Alexandra and Alexander but not Alex.

BikeRunSki Sat 15-Dec-12 19:36:53

I know 4 female and 4 male Alexs, one each under 5, 20s, 30s and 40s. It seems to be a pretty universal name!

SneezySnatcher Sun 16-Dec-12 10:31:49

It's one of the only 'unisex' names I think work equally well for both genders. I love it for either and it was on both our girl and boy name list!

Startail Sun 16-Dec-12 12:18:39

I'd think boy, I've only known much older female Alex's.

Charlie's amongst children and Chris's amongst adults are far more confusing. I know loads of adult Christopher's and several Christine's, not one of them ever uses their full name!

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 16-Dec-12 15:06:26

It's a nickname for both Alexander and Alexandra so it's unisex to me. I knew a few boy and girl Alex's at school.

GimmeIrnBru Sun 16-Dec-12 15:22:30

I think of it as unisex. Nice name.

AgathaTrunchbull Sun 16-Dec-12 17:40:16

RPosieB, your husband is nuts, I'm afraid, it's certainly unisex and more male to my mind, because Alexander's a more common name than Alexandra.

What does he think all those Alexanders are shortened down to? It's rarely Xander!

GimmeIrnBru Sun 16-Dec-12 18:46:59

To be fair, Alexander is more commonly shortened to Alec in Scotland. It isn't the done thing to shorten the name to Alex where I'm from.

1978andallthat Mon 17-Dec-12 20:09:25

Primarily boys

BuntysFestiveCollocks Mon 17-Dec-12 20:12:40

Both. My son is Alex, short for Alexander. I would say I lean slightly more toward it being male, but I am probably biased.

elsabel Mon 31-Dec-12 22:39:20

I love Alexandra and Alexander, would consider it for my baby but my nephew is called Alexander. Am jealous of anyone who is still free to use this name!

Both, but I would generally expect it to be a boy. Absolutely love it.

Hulababy Mon 31-Dec-12 22:54:11


I know a few children called Alex - some girls (Alexandra) some boys (Alexander)

mathanxiety Tue 01-Jan-13 04:30:03

I think of it as a boy name.

For a girl I would use Alix. Of course they sound very alike, but to look at on paper I think Alix looks more feminine.

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