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Alexandra or Lyla? Please help us decide

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kayr11 Sat 18-Jun-16 00:11:00

We're expecting our third child any day and still can't decide on a girls name. We're between Alexandra (probably shortened to Alex) or Lyla. Any thoughts, will Lyla be a fad name, is Alex a pretty enough name? Please help!

omri Sat 18-Jun-16 00:12:49

Alexandra. Nn Alex
It's cool and strong and feminine.
.... I'm biased though!

NerrSnerr Sat 18-Jun-16 00:29:13

Another vote for Alexandra. I like Alex or Alexa as a nickname. Another one with biase.

NerrSnerr Sat 18-Jun-16 00:29:43


MouldyPeach Sat 18-Jun-16 00:33:42

Lyla sounds too clunky, also a bit like liar. I have an Alex but I didn't choose it because it's a pretty name, I don't think it is! But it is a great name. Lexi is a pretty nn for Alex if that's the kind of thing you're looking for.

JazzAnnNonMouse Sat 18-Jun-16 04:02:27

I like lyla. Never been keen on Alex for a girl.

HannahLJS Sat 18-Jun-16 04:04:59

Lyla definitely - what a lovely name!
Congratulations btw!flowers x

unicornthong Sat 18-Jun-16 04:06:22

Don't like Lyla at all. Alexandra is fabulous!

CharminglyGawky Sat 18-Jun-16 04:06:38

Alexandra is a beautiful name.

You could also shorten it to Lexie which you might like if your other choice is Lyla?

Sophronia Sat 18-Jun-16 06:00:29

Alexandra! I prefer the Lila spelling to Lyla.

EllenDegenerate Sat 18-Jun-16 11:38:50

Delilah nn Lilah?

julfin Sat 18-Jun-16 12:27:54

Never heard of Lyla but I like it. Also like Alexandra - a good strong sophisticated name. I prefer the nn Lexi/Lexie to Alex personally.

slug Sat 18-Jun-16 12:28:40

Alexandra for two reasons
1. Lots of potential nicknames, Alex, Alexa, Lexi, Lex etc
2. When she is older she can put Alex on CVs and job applications and escape some of the unconscious gender bias.

chocoLit Sat 18-Jun-16 22:05:21

We have an Alexandra. She's fab and unbelievably cool in such a cool way she doesn't even realise it <that makes no sense but I know what I mean>
She goes by Lex. Her choice. I told you she rocks grin

blueandgreendots Sat 18-Jun-16 22:13:18

Another vote for Alexandra - mine is just under two months old and we shorten it to Alex, but as others have said there are loads of potential shortenings/nick names. I love that the name is long, strong and feminine but the shortened version is gender neutral.

DramaAlpaca Sat 18-Jun-16 22:14:42


kayr11 Sun 19-Jun-16 14:17:12

Thanks all, it seems that Alexandra is getting the vote ahead of Lyla!

NickiFury Sun 19-Jun-16 14:25:58

Alexandra - Alex for nn.

My favourite girls name smile

NickiFury Sun 19-Jun-16 14:26:41

Oh and never Lexi for short. Sounds like a strippers name imvho.

NauticalIce Sun 19-Jun-16 14:31:07

Lyla... I don't like Alexandra, sorry!

amarante Sun 19-Jun-16 14:44:06

My daughter is Lila. We sound it Leelah. We love it and at school she is the only one.

Mycraneisfixed Sun 19-Jun-16 14:46:53

How about Lyra? Not keen on your spelling of Lylaconfused

CuntingDMjournos Sun 19-Jun-16 14:53:33

I prefer Lyra to Lyla - trips off the tongue easier
Love Alexandra and Lexie not so keen of Alex as a name but love Alexa

Correios Sun 19-Jun-16 14:55:32

I have a Lyla, she's 11 now, named after the Oasis song that was released at the time she was born. Since then we have known of 4 others over the last few years, so rare but still fairly normal sounding.
She loves her name, I have no regrets, only annoyance is that is is frequently spelled incorrectly as Lila and she often gets called Lola or Layla.

NauticalIce Sun 19-Jun-16 15:06:22

Actually, what are your thoughts on Leila/Layla? I love it smile

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