(37 Posts)
MonstersDontCry Fri 05-Jul-13 12:02:02

Okay so I'm due in 5 days and we've finally decided on Alex. We like the name but don't love it IYKWIM? It's the best one we're going to come up with, so we're happy with our decision.

It will just be Alex, not Alexander. What do you think?

night1971 Fri 05-Jul-13 12:04:02

Alex is nice. If you prefer a variation, how about Alec?

superbagpuss Fri 05-Jul-13 12:04:22

okay its really popular at the moment but that's up to you

why Alex and not alexander? most people will assume its a nn

Elquota Fri 05-Jul-13 12:12:41

If you've decided and you're happy with it, I'm jwondering why you'd ask for opinions?

MonstersDontCry Fri 05-Jul-13 12:12:57

Our DD is called Beth. Most people assume it's a nn so I'm used to that. smile
I know it's stupid but I don't like names being shortened. Is Alex popular at the moment? I didn't realise! I haven't heard of an Alex in ages. Thanks for letting me know.

I'm not keen on Alec but thanks for the suggestion.

Bowlersarm Fri 05-Jul-13 12:12:58

Prefer the longer version myself. Normally I am drawn to shorter names, -and short names as nicknames, but I do really like the sound if the name 'Alexander'. (So much so that it is one of my DSes middle names smile. I didn't want him to have it as a first name as I diidn't like Alex so much)

Bowlersarm Fri 05-Jul-13 12:14:27

Incidently, an Alex we know is called 'Al' now so there's no guarantee 'Alex' is unable to be shortened.

MonstersDontCry Fri 05-Jul-13 12:14:50

I'm just curious about what the general opinion is really.

TeaandCake Fri 05-Jul-13 12:18:46

Our Middle DC is an Alex and he's fab, v charming and totally eccentric!

He is an Alexander, but only ever gets Alex.

All the people I've met called Alex all seem to v good looking too, as is my Alex!

Twunk Fri 05-Jul-13 12:20:53

DS2 is Alex (Alexander - but DH would have called him Alex like you). Ours was a compromise name - I wanted quite a few others but DH vetoed them. I love it now because it's his name. Quite often we call him Ali. It's always popular but I actually don't meet any! So I don't know where they all are grin

Twunk Fri 05-Jul-13 12:21:56

Teaandcake - my Alex is beautiful! I know I would say that, but really he is. smile

DS2 is Alex- but spelt Aleks because of having 2 nationalities.
We wanted a short name because of a double barrelled surname.

I think it's a lovely name.

Oh and of course my DS is beautiful smile

Bowlersarm Fri 05-Jul-13 12:41:25

I agree that Alex's tend to be good looking. For some reason.

MonstersDontCry Fri 05-Jul-13 12:48:41

Loving the sound of all these good looking Alex's! grin

amessageforyouYoni Fri 05-Jul-13 12:49:59

Its a bit dull, sorry

mirry2 Fri 05-Jul-13 12:56:08

I do't like names being shortened either but I like Alex as a nn

ThisIsYourSong Fri 05-Jul-13 13:10:14

I love it too

Thurlow Fri 05-Jul-13 13:11:33

All boys grin We have a girl Alex. I never imagined having a child called Alex, but it really suits her. Though I am guessing it is an overwhelmingly male name at the moment!

littlepeas Fri 05-Jul-13 14:04:53

I have an Alex! His full name is Alexander though. He also gets called Alexi. We do encounter other children with the same name, but it isn't a big deal really as it's very classic.

Queazy Fri 05-Jul-13 14:12:56

It's nice - I find it inoffensive, and probably grew up when the name was in its heyday so prob find it a little bit dull too only for that reason. I didn't realise it was more popular now either x

Christelle2207 Fri 05-Jul-13 14:25:56

Alex(ander) is the only name both dh and I like at the moment so our dc may well end up being an Alex too. It's a family name but also strong and solid I think.

andadietcoke Fri 05-Jul-13 18:20:40

I named my little brother and he's 'just' Alex. I still love it, and if I'd have had a boy I would have been gutted I couldn't use it myself! We did still get personalised gifts with Alexander on though!

Oriunda Fri 05-Jul-13 18:31:24

I love Alexander, with Alex as a nn. I think the full name version is better though.

GW297 Fri 05-Jul-13 18:32:08

I like it!

lakeofshiningwaters Fri 05-Jul-13 19:59:43

I've an Alexander - also very handsome grin. He's mostly Alex or Al, simply because we moved down South and otherwise he's called Alexaaarrrnder which I really don't like, and hadn't appreciated till we got here!

I don't think it's an especially popular name - if you look on the baby name graph thing, it's always been in the Top 100 (usually Top 20), but doesn't really move up or down. We know several other Alex's, but he's the only one in his class.

MortifiedAdams Fri 05-Jul-13 20:02:36

I like Alex but prefer it for a girl. That is just my opinion though.

I also have a little girl whose name is traditionally a Nn, so it wouldnt bother me to have a shortning of a name as a real name.

MonstersDontCry Fri 05-Jul-13 20:11:51

I love Alex as a girls name too.

Shodan Fri 05-Jul-13 20:14:16

Another one with a handsome Alexander- but always Alex. (Unless he's being norty, in which case it's the full name) It's a fab name.

<sickening mother alert>

When he was smaller, and we'd call him a cheeky rascal, he'd shout back crossly "I'm not a cheeky rascal. I'm an Alex!" grin

AllegraLilac Fri 05-Jul-13 20:40:42

I didn't know what gender your child was until I read Alexander. For that reason I don't like. I don't mind androgynous nicknames, but a full, CV name should indicate gender imo.

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Fri 05-Jul-13 20:45:46

My terribly handsome, kind and lovely teenage Alex(ander) is one of several in his school year, both M and F. I think of it as one of those hardy perennial names - there's always a few around, but it's not super-fashionable and doesn't date.

hairymonkey Fri 05-Jul-13 20:54:18

Why is it necessary for your gender to be apparent on your cv???

Thurlow Fri 05-Jul-13 21:04:14

I actually agree with allegra about a name suggesting a gender. There are very, very few unisex names, and Alex is I think the main one (other like Frances/Francis etc have a different spelling for either gender). At work I sometimes have to complete forms based only on a name, and Alex is one name really trips me up - most of the Alex's I know are girls so I tend to go for 'Ms' on the form but you never know. So I know what allegra is getting at, though I am probably biased because I prefer longer names on birth certificates.

I did used to really enjoy it, though, when DD was a tiny baby dressed in white and people would ask the standard "what's their name?" to figure out the gender. "Alex", I'd reply chirpily, and enjoy watching their face fall grin

hairymonkey Fri 05-Jul-13 21:13:18

I still don't get it! Especially as you point out there are so few unisex names. Not a problem at all. Not like you want to call the kid Barbara, which is traditionally unisex.

CPtart Fri 05-Jul-13 21:18:42

My nephew is Alex. Just Alex, no middle name either.
I quite like it despite it being pretty popular but would definitely put Alexander on the birth certificate personally.

RosesInTheRain Sat 06-Jul-13 14:53:03

My DS is just Alex. Alexander we'd never use and he and I have a double barrelled surname so too much of a mouthful!

DS is 2.6 and I know of one other Alex who's almost 4, and that's just a friend of a friend, so not someone who's likely to be in his class etc.

I know an adult 'just Alex' and he's never had any problems.

Thingymajigs Sat 06-Jul-13 15:04:12

My ds2 is an Alex/Alexander. He's nearly 10 and very popular, kind, sensitive and creative. Lovely name but he definitely took a long time to grow into it, especially with our long surname, but it suits him perfectly. The only issue we had is that there are 4 other Alex's in his class. Strange really that its just that year as it's not consistently that overused.

Sanjifair Sun 07-Jul-13 08:11:23

It is very popular ( which I didn't realise). My Alexander has one friend called Alec and another two called Alex.

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