(39 Posts)
happygreeneggsandham Wed 09-Oct-13 10:09:20

What is your first thought when you hear this name? I'm not British so I need to know how this name comes across to native English speakers. What kind of family does Alexa/Alexandra come from? In which social category would you put Alexa/Alexandra? Alexandra is the name for the birth certificate,Alexa is the short form for everyday use.

manicinsomniac Wed 09-Oct-13 10:45:21

I love the name. I don't know the answer to any of your other questions though, I just see it as a name. I think it is used by anybody and everybody and is very recognised in English.

mrssmith79 Wed 09-Oct-13 10:59:29

Alexa / Alexandra very recognised and a lovely 'proper' name. The shortening to 'Lexie', however, I hate (so, so sorry to anyone with a Lexie) and where I live i'd suggest it's more associated with the type of 'social category' you're probably not looking to aspire to.

BlueStarsAtNight Wed 09-Oct-13 11:27:10

I think nice, but a bit safe/ dull, sorry! I do like Alexa best of all the shortenings. I'd see it as similar to Elizabeth (which I also find uninspiring I'm afraid), in that it's a straightforward name, everyone knows it, but not popular in a faddy way. I wouldn't say it stands out as a particular social class, though possible slightly towards the posh side rather than the 'common' side (sorry can't think of a nicer way to put it!), though Lexie a a shortening sounds more common than posh (just my opinion, think Lola's Lexie in eastenders hasn't helped the name!).

Alexa007 Wed 09-Oct-13 18:57:08

My name!
Love it!!

Sparklysilversequins Wed 09-Oct-13 19:13:00

It's my favourite girls name.

smithwillsam Thu 10-Oct-13 08:33:08

ALEXA/ALEXANDRA very popular name in english speeking countries. I love the name.

vichill Thu 10-Oct-13 08:39:08

alexandra is the better of the two. either will likely be shortened to lexie though, which imo is a bit chav.

It's perfectly normal name and would be found across all types of families, I think. My DD2 is Alexandra, and we're Surrey middle class. We call her Allie.

vichill Thu 10-Oct-13 09:14:51

Allies nice and definitely more middle class. Get in there early and tell people that if they must shorten use allie not lexie!

Coupon Thu 10-Oct-13 09:25:51

Alexandra is a lovely name with lots of nickname potential.

happygreeneggsandham Thu 10-Oct-13 12:24:59

We love Alexandra because it's a classic name but not so popular as Sophie, Isabelle and Emily. And it sounds good with our French surname.

LeoandBoosmum Thu 10-Oct-13 13:02:32

I like Alex, but not Alexa or Alexandra... Hate Lexie!
I have a cousin, Alex-Marie, and I've always loved that, even though I don't normally like it when two names are linked (Sarah-Jane, for example). She generally goes by Alex now.

LeoandBoosmum Thu 10-Oct-13 13:05:08

Just adding, I just don't like the sound of Alexa. Alexandra just sounds a bit too posh for me grin... I feel the same way about Sebastian for a boy! Lexie just sounds really chavvy to me.
Alex sounds just right to my ear... This is starting to sound like a scene from Goldilocks and the Three Bears! grin

cupcake78 Thu 10-Oct-13 13:07:56

Not keen on Alexa but Alexandra is my favourite. Sister called Alexandra shortened to Alex.

Lovely name!

Bowlersarm Thu 10-Oct-13 13:12:16

Prefer Alexa to Alex.

Alexandra I would think goes well across all the social classes.

I had no idea Lexie was considered chavvy. (Maybe because I don't know any chavs grin). Just as well I didn't have a girl, because that would have been a contender.

Layl77 Thu 10-Oct-13 13:40:31

Alexa the x stands out to me so I prefer Alexandra. I think sexy Lexie don't like that at all.

PlayedThePinkOboe Thu 10-Oct-13 13:47:18

I'm an Alexandra - it's of greek origin and an international classic. Does it pass the "calling out" test? In spades!

Lexie otoh makes my lip curl and is best left to the pages of Hello.

happygreeneggsandham Thu 10-Oct-13 14:17:38

Well, I love Alexandra as a name for a grown woman, but I don;t like LExie or Alex as shortenings. I can't think of a better short name as Alexa.

happygreeneggsandham Thu 10-Oct-13 14:19:36

What about Lalie? Or Sandie?

Bowlersarm Thu 10-Oct-13 14:21:12

Noooooo not Sandie!


Thurlow Thu 10-Oct-13 14:25:09

Our Alexandra is Alex or Allie. I hate Lexie too (sorry Lexies!) and I'm not keen on Lalie or Sandy. Alexa is nice, but there's a high chance it might get shortened at school to Al, Alllie or Alex so if you really don't like those, beware. I say I hate Lexie but have reconciled myself to the fact it might happen!

happygreeneggsandham Thu 10-Oct-13 14:26:21

in France, Sasha is a male name (there was a writer called Sacha Guitry)

slug Thu 10-Oct-13 15:01:14

DD is an Alexandra. She's a Lexi because there have always been loads of Alexs around whereas she's the only Lexi we know

<<sticks out tongue>>

DoudousDoor Thu 10-Oct-13 15:06:17

I like Alex for a girl, so we're thinking Alexandra or Alexia as the full name (French-British family).

But it's true you can't control nicknames. Allie would be ok but Lexie wouldn't because it'd get muddled with a couple of other names in our family.

TheSporkforeatingkyriarchy Thu 10-Oct-13 15:07:44

I have an Alexandra, she always goes by her full name regardless of what the rest of us think (she will respond to any variant, including just "A", but if you ask if she is [nickname] she will say "No, I'm Alexandra.").

Thurlow Thu 10-Oct-13 15:16:09

Just to throw another name into the mix, DD is actually Alexandria.

happygreeneggsandham Thu 10-Oct-13 21:02:21

What about Sandra?

notallytuts Fri 11-Oct-13 17:05:49

I love Alexa or Alexia. I'd use it on its own though, I think its too long to be a shortened version IYSWIM. Alexa would probably get shortened to alex/allie/lexie/etc

sparkle12mar08 Fri 11-Oct-13 21:07:16

Alexandra is gorgeous - a classic and classy name for a child. Alexa/Lexie etc is none of those things, they're awful and dare I say it, the dreaded 'chavvy' word.

sparkle12mar08 Fri 11-Oct-13 21:08:22

Sandra is percieved as dreadfully dated over here - it's a 1950's-1970's housewive's name. Not good!

Zara1984 Fri 11-Oct-13 21:08:47

We are considering this name for a girl

DH says Alexa sounds like a stripper's name confusedblush

He prefers Alexandra shortened to Alex

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 11-Oct-13 23:09:53

Alexandra is a lovely name. I know one who goes by Alexandra,Al,Allie,Alexa,Lex or Lexie depending on who she is with. Mid 20's.

Sandra is a bit dated I think.

TidyDancer Sat 12-Oct-13 16:19:02

Alexandra is a really beautiful name. One of my absolute favourites. Alexa is a massive no-no for me though, it's a tad too clunky for my liking. I hear Electra when I say it out loud. Alex is by far the nicest shortening of the name. I have a lovely friend who shortens to Alex. I also know a toddler who goes by Lex.

Sandra and Sandy....really not keen.

Diamondjoan Sat 12-Oct-13 16:33:57

It's a name that runs through our family, always as Sasha though via Russian ancestors, never Alexandra, Alexa etc. not sure if it can be associated with a particular class; I know about an equal number of scumbags and poshies with the name.

buttercrumble Sat 12-Oct-13 16:37:08

Love Alexandra smile

happygreeneggsandham Sat 12-Oct-13 17:20:55

Zara : LOL at Stipper's name :-)

TallulahBetty Sat 12-Oct-13 19:07:27


areyoubeingserviced Sat 12-Oct-13 19:09:56

Alexandra is a gorgeous name.

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