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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...

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

DeDevilTail Sun 03-Feb-13 10:35:59

Despite having an Alexandra myself (known as Sasha) and the only Alex I know being female, I would assume male.

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Sun 03-Feb-13 10:25:58

Alex to me is male.

I know one Alexandrea and she uses the NN Andrea

Jbck Sun 03-Feb-13 10:13:06

My Alex is short for her full name but a friends daughter is just Alex. They are the only two that I know personally. I wouldnt necessarily assume anything unless it was pertinent to the situation.

echidnakid Sun 03-Feb-13 10:07:45

I would assume male without anything else to go on.

BangOn Sun 03-Feb-13 07:59:22

This is a name which was unisex through the 70s & 80s, went quiet for a while, became 'male' predominantly in the 00s, but is now becoming unisex again (see how Alexandra moved swiftly up the polls between 2011-12.)

I can think of 2 female children & 1 male that i know of called Alex at present. (one of the girls being an Alexandra on bc)

I can think of one of each in terms of grownups.

GraceSpeaker Sat 02-Feb-13 15:03:55

I'd assume male, because I meet more Alexanders than Alexandras.

ladymia Sat 02-Feb-13 14:37:41

It is a unisex nn but if something was written in a paper / on a CV for instance people would usually use their full names so if I saw Alex in the paper I would think male because I have never known a female Alex that has Alex as a full name and not just a nickname.

AuntieStella Sat 02-Feb-13 14:26:43

I see it as a genuinely unisex nn.

Amongst the adults I know, there are roughly equal numbers of male/female. But amongst DC's friends, they are all boys.

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 02-Feb-13 14:21:29

I would assume male on paper.

Fishandjam Sat 02-Feb-13 07:08:56

Male. But I once knew an Alexe (female) so if it was spelled like that I'd assume female, just on past experience.

ProphetOfDoom Sat 02-Feb-13 07:00:51

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

mathanxiety Sat 02-Feb-13 06:00:08

Alex - male

Allie - female
Ally - female
Alli - female

Alix - female

AGreenie Sat 02-Feb-13 05:07:48

I'm an Alexandra - I know 3 including me! All abbreviate - One is Alex, one is Allie and another is Ali. I wouldn't automatically assume Alex is male, but lots if people do ...

OutragedFromLeeds Sat 02-Feb-13 03:52:18

I'd probably assume male. I'd guess male, if asked to, just because there are so many more Alexanders than Alexandras it must be statistically more likely to be a boy than a girl.

fossil971 Sat 02-Feb-13 00:57:07

I have a name (well a nn technically) which is not obvious as to gender in a similar way but do you know, it's not a problem. The world is full of people of both genders called Chris, Jo, Sam, Charlie etc. I can't think of any situation where it would cause a problem. Go for it if you like it.

I'm not very fond of shortened names as official names though - I'd go for Alexandra/Alexis and call her Alex for short, gives her a choice when she's older.

Sasparillo Sat 02-Feb-13 00:44:57

If I was to see Alex written down, I would immediately think it was revering to a boy, I really don't line Alex for a girls name xx

onedev Sat 02-Feb-13 00:27:03

Assume male smile

Clary Sat 02-Feb-13 00:22:36

Alex is ususally a boy. Most of the Alexes I know who are girls go by Lexie/Lexy/Lexey.

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