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happygreeneggsandham Wed 09-Oct-13 10:09:20

What is your first thought when you hear this name? I'm not British so I need to know how this name comes across to native English speakers. What kind of family does Alexa/Alexandra come from? In which social category would you put Alexa/Alexandra? Alexandra is the name for the birth certificate,Alexa is the short form for everyday use.

manicinsomniac Wed 09-Oct-13 10:45:21

I love the name. I don't know the answer to any of your other questions though, I just see it as a name. I think it is used by anybody and everybody and is very recognised in English.

mrssmith79 Wed 09-Oct-13 10:59:29

Alexa / Alexandra very recognised and a lovely 'proper' name. The shortening to 'Lexie', however, I hate (so, so sorry to anyone with a Lexie) and where I live i'd suggest it's more associated with the type of 'social category' you're probably not looking to aspire to.

BlueStarsAtNight Wed 09-Oct-13 11:27:10

I think nice, but a bit safe/ dull, sorry! I do like Alexa best of all the shortenings. I'd see it as similar to Elizabeth (which I also find uninspiring I'm afraid), in that it's a straightforward name, everyone knows it, but not popular in a faddy way. I wouldn't say it stands out as a particular social class, though possible slightly towards the posh side rather than the 'common' side (sorry can't think of a nicer way to put it!), though Lexie a a shortening sounds more common than posh (just my opinion, think Lola's Lexie in eastenders hasn't helped the name!).

Alexa007 Wed 09-Oct-13 18:57:08

My name!
Love it!!

Sparklysilversequins Wed 09-Oct-13 19:13:00

It's my favourite girls name.

smithwillsam Thu 10-Oct-13 08:33:08

ALEXA/ALEXANDRA very popular name in english speeking countries. I love the name.

vichill Thu 10-Oct-13 08:39:08

alexandra is the better of the two. either will likely be shortened to lexie though, which imo is a bit chav.

AnnieLobeseder Thu 10-Oct-13 08:44:13

It's perfectly normal name and would be found across all types of families, I think. My DD2 is Alexandra, and we're Surrey middle class. We call her Allie.

vichill Thu 10-Oct-13 09:14:51

Allies nice and definitely more middle class. Get in there early and tell people that if they must shorten use allie not lexie!

Coupon Thu 10-Oct-13 09:25:51

Alexandra is a lovely name with lots of nickname potential.

happygreeneggsandham Thu 10-Oct-13 12:24:59

We love Alexandra because it's a classic name but not so popular as Sophie, Isabelle and Emily. And it sounds good with our French surname.

LeoandBoosmum Thu 10-Oct-13 13:02:32

I like Alex, but not Alexa or Alexandra... Hate Lexie!
I have a cousin, Alex-Marie, and I've always loved that, even though I don't normally like it when two names are linked (Sarah-Jane, for example). She generally goes by Alex now.

LeoandBoosmum Thu 10-Oct-13 13:05:08

Just adding, I just don't like the sound of Alexa. Alexandra just sounds a bit too posh for me grin... I feel the same way about Sebastian for a boy! Lexie just sounds really chavvy to me.
Alex sounds just right to my ear... This is starting to sound like a scene from Goldilocks and the Three Bears! grin

cupcake78 Thu 10-Oct-13 13:07:56

Not keen on Alexa but Alexandra is my favourite. Sister called Alexandra shortened to Alex.

Lovely name!

Bowlersarm Thu 10-Oct-13 13:12:16

Prefer Alexa to Alex.

Alexandra I would think goes well across all the social classes.

I had no idea Lexie was considered chavvy. (Maybe because I don't know any chavs grin). Just as well I didn't have a girl, because that would have been a contender.

Layl77 Thu 10-Oct-13 13:40:31

Alexa the x stands out to me so I prefer Alexandra. I think sexy Lexie don't like that at all.

PlayedThePinkOboe Thu 10-Oct-13 13:47:18

I'm an Alexandra - it's of greek origin and an international classic. Does it pass the "calling out" test? In spades!

Lexie otoh makes my lip curl and is best left to the pages of Hello.

happygreeneggsandham Thu 10-Oct-13 14:17:38

Well, I love Alexandra as a name for a grown woman, but I don;t like LExie or Alex as shortenings. I can't think of a better short name as Alexa.

happygreeneggsandham Thu 10-Oct-13 14:19:36

What about Lalie? Or Sandie?

Bowlersarm Thu 10-Oct-13 14:21:12

Noooooo not Sandie!


Thurlow Thu 10-Oct-13 14:25:09

Our Alexandra is Alex or Allie. I hate Lexie too (sorry Lexies!) and I'm not keen on Lalie or Sandy. Alexa is nice, but there's a high chance it might get shortened at school to Al, Alllie or Alex so if you really don't like those, beware. I say I hate Lexie but have reconciled myself to the fact it might happen!

happygreeneggsandham Thu 10-Oct-13 14:26:21

in France, Sasha is a male name (there was a writer called Sacha Guitry)

slug Thu 10-Oct-13 15:01:14

DD is an Alexandra. She's a Lexi because there have always been loads of Alexs around whereas she's the only Lexi we know

<<sticks out tongue>>

DoudousDoor Thu 10-Oct-13 15:06:17

I like Alex for a girl, so we're thinking Alexandra or Alexia as the full name (French-British family).

But it's true you can't control nicknames. Allie would be ok but Lexie wouldn't because it'd get muddled with a couple of other names in our family.

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