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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?

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.

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


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

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

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

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!

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.

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

Primarily boys

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.

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 15:22:30

I think of it as unisex. Nice 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.

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!

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!

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!

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

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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.

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

Truly unisex

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.

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

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

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

I know both girl & boy Alex's

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


MadStaringEyes Sat 15-Dec-12 16:40:23

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

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.

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

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

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.

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