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Is Alexander too common and boring?

(29 Posts)
bunny85 Wed 15-Jul-15 18:27:10

Would like some opinions please! smile

TheHouseOnBellSt Wed 15-Jul-15 18:56:52

I have two DC at primary and there is only one.

ToFleaOrNotToFlea Wed 15-Jul-15 18:57:23

Love it, it is DS middle name

ProbablyMe Wed 15-Jul-15 19:03:40

I have one and have only met one other in nearly 15 years.

mrsjskelton Wed 15-Jul-15 19:12:31

Quite uncommon, most would christen Alex now x

MarieJeanne Wed 15-Jul-15 19:19:29

Yes, sorry, but that's my opinion.

MsJuniper Wed 15-Jul-15 19:54:06

It's a beautiful name but I do know a lot of them (at least 5 and I don't know that many children!)

AmandaTanen Wed 15-Jul-15 19:56:02

I love it, I only know 2 who have it as a first name, one aged 32 and one aged 3. Very popular as a middle name.

RugBugs Wed 15-Jul-15 20:02:53

It doesn't appear to be very common where we are in the NW. I'm 37wks and it's our favourite at the minute.
We must have a thing about using popular middle names grin our last child is a Louise!

applecatchers36 Wed 15-Jul-15 20:12:09

I would say classic rather than common & boring, always think of it as a Royal name...

MrsKillianJones Wed 15-Jul-15 20:23:58

I'm in Scotland where it's popular, but despite that I rarely meet any so wouldn't say it's common. I have one so do notice. He's the only one is his whole school.

It's so not boring, it's a fantastic name with loads of nickname choices.

sweetpeame Wed 15-Jul-15 20:24:18

I know Alex's in their 30's and under 5. It's popular certainly but still a nice, classic name. It's safe but not boring. To be honest I'd go for safe any day over outlandish/faddy/"unique".

Sophronia Wed 15-Jul-15 21:22:05

I love it, I think it's a classic rather than being boring.

bunny85 Wed 15-Jul-15 21:43:30

Thanks everyone, seems like it's definitely to be considered!

RugBugs, not long to go now, you must be so excited! Good luck! I'm only 21 weeks at the moment, but time seems to just fly by smile

bunny85 Wed 15-Jul-15 21:48:01

Sweetpea, so would I! We really seem to like traditional and safe names. The only downside they can sometimes become too common and start losing their 'character' (I might be wrong, but sometimes feel like that). Anyway I think picking out a name for a baby boy is a lot harder!!

ashesandfire Wed 15-Jul-15 22:47:08

Love it

EmmaWoodlouse Thu 16-Jul-15 08:15:23

I think it's lovely and not particularly common. It also has the advantage of having so many different short forms that if you did come up against a class with 3 of them in it, it would not be difficult to make yours distinctive.

BothEndsBurning Thu 16-Jul-15 09:53:49

Agree with Emma. Alexander has too many variations to be either common or boring.

kep1979 Thu 16-Jul-15 10:16:17

I have an Alexander, and I don't think there is another in his primary school. So definitely not too common. I am obviously biased but I think it is a gorgeous classic name.

Thurlow Thu 16-Jul-15 10:34:44

There seems to be a few boy Alex's around under 4 at the moment. Which is only a problem as DD is the only girl Alex we've come across!

ThumbWitchesAbroad Thu 16-Jul-15 10:36:53

It's a great name <badoom-tish>

The reason it's so popular is because of this. It's not boring, and there are different short names you can have for it. I like it. smile

NoPowerInTheVerseCanStopMe Thu 16-Jul-15 10:40:50

I hope it's not common or boring as DS is Alexander, nn Xander!

dontthinktwiceitsalright Thu 16-Jul-15 11:11:48

I think it's quite popular but for good reason , it's a lovely name . Not boring at all

ConfusedInBath Thu 16-Jul-15 11:43:06

It's ok for a middle name.

Tattiesthroughthebree Thu 16-Jul-15 20:40:31

We have one. I think it is slightly more common as a middle name than a first name.

It is an excellent name because:
1) there is one standard spelling.
2) it doesn't get misheard as anything else.
3) there is a choice of short forms.
4) it travels well - it's understood all over Europe and beyond
5) it goes with "the Great"

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