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Do you think Alex is a male or female?

(32 Posts)
emjan Fri 01-Feb-13 23:32:29

If you see a name (without knowing the person) Alex on the newspaper or internet, do you think the person is a male or female?

It seems like there is not much girls with the full legal name as "Alex"?, most girls called Alex are their nicknames from Alexandra...

OscarPistoriusBitontheside Sun 03-Feb-13 10:39:22

I know four female Alexandra's they abbreviate to Alex/Lexy/sandy/Andra.

AnnieLobeseder Sun 03-Feb-13 10:40:35

I have known more female Alexes in my life than male ones, so I would assume female. DD2 is Alexandra, we call her Allie. I would have preferred Alex but DH's choice was Allie and that's what stuck. There are two male Alexes in her class, so I guess it's good she has a different nickname.

cyclecamper Sun 03-Feb-13 11:23:13

I know of both male and females called Alex. I think it's good to have names that mean people can't guess.

emjan Sun 03-Feb-13 11:30:15

AnnieLobeseder, cyclecamper, are all the female Alex that you know official legal name written as Alex?

I really wonder if there are females with the name Alex as the legal name in birth certificate. Alex sounds so masculine

AnnieLobeseder Sun 03-Feb-13 12:08:55

I don't know anyone with the legal name Alex. They've all been short for Alexandra or Alexander.

As as aside, I am somewhat narked that the spell check on my computer recognises Alexander but has drawn a fat red line under Alexandra! hmm

LindaMcCartneySausage Sun 03-Feb-13 12:22:58

Alex is usually male in England, but I'm Scottish and always feel that Alex is a girls name and it's Alec for boys, which along with Sandy as another short form of Alexander, is common where I'm from.

TheCatIsEatingIt Sun 03-Feb-13 22:22:37

I know several Alexes, male and female, all short for Alexander/Alexandra, so my instinctive reaction would be to try and check if it was a male or female.

Someone suggested Alexis - IT'S A BOY'S NAME!!!! You might as well call your daughter Dave! AlexiA/Alexa is the girl's version, and very pretty.

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