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Nicknames / shortened versions of Alexander

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sunhat88 Sat 25-Feb-17 20:19:02

What are all the nicknames / shortened versions of the name Alexander that people know? Might use a 'J' middle name so could use AJ as an option.

ChaChaChaCh4nges Sat 25-Feb-17 20:20:59

AJ (my DS1 is AJ as our surname starts with that letter)

EssentialHummus Sat 25-Feb-17 20:21:24


sunhat88 Sat 25-Feb-17 20:21:27

Also interested to know... do people pick a shortened version ahead of time to encourage family and friends to use it or would you reccomend trying a few out at the time and seeing what sticks? I'm fully prepared for them to choose their own when they are old enough!

Awwlookatmybabyspider Sat 25-Feb-17 20:23:20

Leccy (Mind you people might ask. Where's his twin Gazgrin

Couchpotato3 Sat 25-Feb-17 20:23:21

Our Alexander quickly became Alex and then Al as an adult.

Figgygal Sat 25-Feb-17 20:23:59

Ds2 born in October is Alexander we picked it as loved the name but he's always Alex now

Rockaby Sat 25-Feb-17 20:25:02

I know a couple who had an Alexander and immediately called him Xander. I called him that too, (of course), but it somehow felt a bit forced if I'm honest. Recently the couple have started referring to him as Alexander, so I do too.

sunhat88 Sat 25-Feb-17 20:25:06

Haha Leccy and Gaz grin

WhingingTulip Sat 25-Feb-17 20:25:12

Our Alexander gets called Alex, Al, AllyBo, Lex, Lexy. They all just evolved after he was born! Alex and Al are most common. My FIL is an Alexander but always get called Sandy (Scottish).

Asuitablemum Sat 25-Feb-17 20:25:29

I would think it varies. Some give their child a long name but use a shortened one all the time or often early one. Some parents always use long version until a nn arises from school. I personally wouldn't be telling others what nn to use unless they asked. I would just use the one I chose.

sunhat88 Sat 25-Feb-17 20:25:58

Yeah, Xander feels like it may feel a bit forced. I can see that.

OvO Sat 25-Feb-17 20:27:22

My Alexander is always Alexander. He'll politely correct people who shorten it to Alex (or anything else).

As a superman fan I've tried to encourage Lex but he's not having it. grin

I wouldn't bother choosing a nickname for them, just see what happens naturally.

EssentialHummus Sat 25-Feb-17 20:27:33

I think Russian Alexanders are always / almost always Sacha - there are "official" nicknames.

Sophronia Sat 25-Feb-17 20:28:40

Alec is my favourite, also...


sunhat88 Sat 25-Feb-17 20:29:00

Yeah. I have a friend that gets all angry when someone shortens their babies name in the 'wrong' way. Would take far too much energy to insist on the nickname everyone is to use. I guess grandparents are likely to always use the full name and the rest can just evolve in time. My dad always called me something different to anyone else but I kinda liked that.

SueGeneris Sat 25-Feb-17 20:29:24

My Alexander is also an Alex. I prefer the full name and was disappointed that it got shortened so quickly by family but he likes it. I also like Xander but agree it does feel a bit forced. We also sometimes call him Alexei and Alexandros but just for fun! Actually quite like Alexei though ( Alexei Sayle?)

sunhat88 Sat 25-Feb-17 20:29:36

Yes, I like Lex too.

sunhat88 Sat 25-Feb-17 20:31:29

Alexei is a good one

Fadingmemory Sat 25-Feb-17 20:32:08

Ally, Alex, Exi, Zander, Zand, Lander, Sandy

sunhat88 Sat 25-Feb-17 20:33:22

I'll wait and see what he becomes!

I do prefer the full name to Alex and prefer some of the other nicknames but will see what happens naturallly.

Thanks for all the ideas. I like the fact there's lots of options with this name but the full name itself is also great.

OvO Sat 25-Feb-17 20:35:54

It's interesting a few have said about Xander feeling forced. I do sometimes use that as a nickname as it rolls off the tongue more easily when you have to bellow at them to Get Down or Stop That. grin

We somehow got to Panda from Alexander which then led to Bear, which is now his normal nickname at home.

MaroonPencil Sat 25-Feb-17 20:37:57

DS1 calls our Alexander Lexl. I used to call him my little Lexigon. But he is Alex for everyday.

Jaynebxl Sat 25-Feb-17 20:54:05

I think you try out names and settle on one as a family then that ends up being what you introduce the child as to new people. That then ends up being what everyone calls them. Unless they're rude and make up their own versions!

sunhat88 Sat 25-Feb-17 20:57:58

Lol, I can see some people in our lives making up their own versions but yes, what you introduce them as will make a big difference to something sticking.

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