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?

Artandco Sat 04-Jan-14 17:26:44



AChickenCalledKorma Sat 04-Jan-14 17:27:54

Lexie. Or Sandy?

Alix will sound just like Alex, so if you hate Alex, there's no point.

Slainte Sat 04-Jan-14 17:28:12

Don't Alix and Alex sound the exact same? I like Lexi.

PuppyMonkey Sat 04-Jan-14 17:28:16


No idea how usable any of these would be in French but:


Alix is nice too smile

Vatta Sat 04-Jan-14 17:30:06

Sasha. I know it doesn't sound at all like alexandra, but it honestly is the Russian nickname for Alexander

Artandco Sat 04-Jan-14 17:31:24

Or saskia

Sasha is fab!

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

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

Came in to suggest Sasha too.

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.

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.

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.

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

I know an Alexandra, nn Saskia

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

I love.the name lexie myself

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

I love.the name lexie myself

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.

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...

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

I came on to say Sasha too, Russian nn

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

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


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

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

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

I know a ZaZa

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.

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

Lallie - used in our family as a nickname for Alexandra

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

Allie smile

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

I know one who has the nn Sashka

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

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 20:31:03

procrastinating: you surely have a point!

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

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.

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

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

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