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If I love Alexander but dislike Alex...

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MrsMichelRouxJr Fri 07-Aug-15 15:28:11

So Alexander is about the only boy's name DH and I can agree on at the moment. I also love Henry but DH doesn't... (he is quick to veto all my suggestions but never comes up with any of his own!!).

Anyway, I love Alexander but I'm really not keen on Alex (reminds me of a wet, drippy boy I used to know).

My question is are there other nicknames that I haven't considered? I'm not keen on Xander (sounds weird and a bit forced/try hard to me). The only one I'm close to liking is Ali, but I'm also concerned its a bit girly.

In theory I would be happy to just call him Alexander but I know in reality it is a very long name to be shouting in the playground. Also other people would shorten it and he will get called Alex for sure unless we start using a different nickname for him early on.

Any other names I might like?? DD is Naomi. I just can't find a boys name I like - it can't start with W, N, E or M.


noblegiraffe Fri 07-Aug-15 15:30:59

Sandy? Lex?

petalsandstars Fri 07-Aug-15 15:34:08

Alec was the shortened version in my wider family

chairmeoh Fri 07-Aug-15 15:34:39

I know an Alexander who is called Sandy day-to-day. I must admit it took a bit of getting used to at first, but now he's a toddler I think it really suits him.

AuditAngel Fri 07-Aug-15 15:37:46

We use DS's second name. His first U.S. Alessandro and one uncle has nicknamed him Ali V

Spydra Fri 07-Aug-15 15:39:43

Xander and Ali are both fine options.

Sophronia Fri 07-Aug-15 15:40:07

Alec is my favourite.


Xan / Zan
Sasha / Sacha

PresidentTwonk Fri 07-Aug-15 15:40:09


MrsMichelRouxJr Fri 07-Aug-15 15:47:22

Thanks everyone!

Hmm I know a girl called Sandy so think it'll always be a girl's name/nn to me, same with Sasha.

Lex is cool but the first thing I think of is Lex Luther - not sure if that's a good thing or not!! It could definitely grow on me though. It's sounding better the more I say it in my head.

I have an irrational dislike for Xander, no idea why.

Alec reminds me of Alec Baldwin and so whenever I hear it I picture a bald man!! Strange how our brains work in terms of associations.

That's very helpful though. Ali and Lex are contenders...

AnyPostToday Fri 07-Aug-15 15:50:01

My brother is christened Alex not alexander but gets called zane sometimes by a group of friends, I guess it's a shortening of zander.

Babylove2015 Fri 07-Aug-15 16:31:55

Even if you call him Sandy/ Xander etc. If he ends up in a professional job, chances are he is going to want to be referred to Alex not Sandy!

IsItMeOr Fri 07-Aug-15 16:39:37

Sandy is a standard Scottish nickname for Alexander.

IsItMeOr Fri 07-Aug-15 16:40:57

Ali sounds like an abbreviation for Alistair to me.

I couldn't get Lex Luther out of my head either...

Hobbes8 Fri 07-Aug-15 16:51:10

Alec Baldwin isn't bald.

NaughtToThreeSadOnions Fri 07-Aug-15 16:54:05

I know an Alexander that's ally, not sure why but does the y make it more masculine!?

IHeartKingThistle Fri 07-Aug-15 16:55:01

So you hate ALL the shortened versions of the name you like?

Yeah, I don't think you can use the name to be honest! You won't get to choose the nickname he uses for himself.

sleepyhead Fri 07-Aug-15 16:57:43

Alastair is the gaelic version of Alexander, so Ali still works as a shortening imo (Alastair was used as a differentiating "nickname" for a couple of the many Alexanders in my extended family over the years).

PoshPenny Fri 07-Aug-15 17:00:54

A little Alexander I know has his shortened to Xander if that's of any help

NaughtToThreeSadOnions Fri 07-Aug-15 17:04:38

I know it's a name in its own right but alexis?

JakeyBurd Fri 07-Aug-15 18:43:37

Eck - a top short form in Scotland!

MrsMichelRouxJr Fri 07-Aug-15 18:53:24

Hobbes8 - yes I know he's not actually bald, it's his surname, BALDwin that gives me the image in my head when I hear the name Alec. Strange I know but I can't shake it.

I like Ally and Ali as a nn.

I do realise that he will very likely be called Alex though whether I like it or not. It's just whether I can make my peace with Alex enough. I'm not sure I can but we have no other names we agree on yet. Why are boys names so hard!!!

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Fri 07-Aug-15 21:13:00

If you dislike Alex. Think of something else. If you do go with it, your ds might decide he wants to be known as Alex, and you can't stop him.
I know an Alexander known as Lexi, none of my business but a but effeminate in my opinion.

Ward3 Fri 07-Aug-15 21:20:30

My friend has an Alexander and always uses the nickname Sasha
Could also be spelled Sacha/Sascha

Hobbes8 Sat 08-Aug-15 20:59:12

Well you never know, when you meet your baby a bald old man's name might suit him perfectly!

lostinikea Sat 08-Aug-15 21:05:20

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