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Is Alex a boy or girl name?

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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?

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

AnnieLobeseder Sat 15-Dec-12 17:33:24

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!

breatheslowly Mon 31-Dec-12 22:48:11

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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