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blahthisistoohard Tue 30-May-17 23:09:13

...when you hear the names;

1. Lexi
2. Leah

MollyHuaCha Tue 30-May-17 23:12:49

Hmm... seeing as you've asked...

Lexi - I picture a less educated parent (so sorry!) unless it was a nn for Alexandra.

Leah - I picture a serene, intelligent girl growing into a professional young woman (ditto for Alexandra)

Awwlookatmybabyspider Tue 30-May-17 23:14:45

Lexi. A fiesty spirited little girl with dark hair.
Leah. Long Blond hair blue eyes. Very quiet at first but confident once she's comfortable with you.

MitzyLeFrouf Tue 30-May-17 23:16:22

Lexi - an attractive blonde siren who might grace the pages of Nuts magazine wearing not very much.

Leah - an attractive brunette with a solemn expression and a bread roll glued to each side of her head.

Funnyfarmer Tue 30-May-17 23:16:54

Lexi = rebellious
Leah. Prim and proper.
Although I know a lexi who is a lovely little girl.very pretty and angelic. I know a leah who is very rebellious emo type girl

Funnyfarmer Tue 30-May-17 23:18:52

When "lexi" is older. She will be known as 'sexy lexi'

ThaliaLuxurySpa Wed 31-May-17 05:17:17


Full name Alexia.

Mediterranean colouring.

Frequent visits to extended family in Greece & Spain.

Confident, extrovert, a bit cheeky. Class comedian, but bright when she puts her mind to working. A talker. Great communication skills.

Popular and sporty. Outdoorsy. On every school team going.

As a young adult, she bypassed Uni and went travelling instead. Varied strings to her bow, rather than one profession. Fluent in 4 languages. Worked in a Kibbutz/ ski instructor/ currently volunteer teaching in Cambodia.

Huge, international friend group.


Brunette, blue eyes, pale skin.

Excels in music & art. Bookworm. Advanced reader. A thinker.

Mature beyond her years; the 'responsible' kid teachers/ parents trust. Surprising streak of anarchy, though.

Within her friend group, she's the quieter girl who's well-liked and sorts out any arguments. Fair.

As a young adult, she's steadily working at a high level in an intellectually demanding field, which she enjoys.

Cultured. Passion for galleries/ museums/ theatre etc. Small, loyal, close friend group.

<reminds self not in a creative writing class, but on baby names board> Sorry, OP blush Got bit carried away there!

callmehannahbaker Wed 31-May-17 05:21:15

Lexi: one of the 14 in dd's (small) school

Leah: a lovely woman I went to school with, now a lawyer

blahthisistoohard Wed 31-May-17 09:43:03

Haha @ThaliaLuxurySpa I love that elaborate description smile

17caterpillars1mouse Wed 31-May-17 09:44:31

Lexi - a child who lives on a council estate and has several siblings. Grows into a troubled teen. Probably blonde haired blue eyed (sorry just what I picture)

Leah - dark haired, shy girl who loves her own company

lexxiedoll Wed 31-May-17 10:01:38

My name is lexxie, although it is short for Alexandra, I work hard, pay my own bills and support my home, I got good grades when I was in school and college. To degrade somebody by their name is awful personally. Go with what ever you want, how a child grows up shouldn't be judged on the name you choose. I grew up to be a successful, polite young woman because my mother was the one of the best role models I had. Good luck with whichever name you choosesmile

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Wed 31-May-17 10:06:55

Lexi - lights up a room, bright, focussed.
Leah - laughing, jolly, 'life's too short'.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Wed 31-May-17 10:07:57

I should say, like both names equally.

MikeUniformMike Wed 31-May-17 10:29:19

Lexi - don't like it at all - sounds a bit tarty
Leah - dull with lanky mousy hair

EssentialHummus Wed 31-May-17 10:36:37

I don't like Lexi at all unless it's short for Alexia (and then I'll assume she's Greek).

Leah - could be anyone.

UntilTheCowsComeHome Wed 31-May-17 10:43:58

Lexi - a shy girl who hates her name, she has many siblings all with slightly out there names that don't suit them as they're all rather quiet and not very well off so are picked on by other kids. (I know this family)

Leah - a tall blonde who bullied her way through school and was vile to the teachers. (I knew this girl)

Sophronia Wed 31-May-17 15:48:20

Lexi - rebellious teenager

Leah - goth type teenager

Rainsbow Wed 31-May-17 17:34:50

Lexi - one of 8 kids of parents with low incomes

Leah - a dental nurse I know!

tabithaa Wed 31-May-17 17:37:02

@lexxiedoll so true!! Ridiculous!!

Rockaby Wed 31-May-17 17:56:34

Lexi - I like it as long as it isn't followed by a hyphen and then Mae/Grace/Rose/Rae. I picture a feisty, but feminine, little girl, who loves princesses, unicorns etc and is very outgoing. I picture her growing up to have a career in marketing / advertising / sales / pr and driving a mini / Audi TT. I picture a petite brunette.

Leah - I also like. I picture a creative, on the ball type who is wise beyond her years and excels at everything. I imagine she would grow up to be a lawyer / doctor / engineer / MD of a small company. Probably drives something grown up like a big Mercedes. I picture natural looking blonde hair, blue eyes, tall and serious looking.

cherrypez Wed 31-May-17 19:56:28

Wow some people are judgemental arseholes! My daughter is Lexie, not short for anything. She is 12, one of several siblings (as some of you said, implying that's a negative for some reason) and is a delight. Her father and I are very well educated (both to pg level) and Lexie is probably the least rebellious child I know!

BrexitSucks Wed 31-May-17 20:23:36

The pint size Lexi I knew had straw-coloured hair & blue eyes & devoted very English grandmother.

The Leah we know is shy & pale skinned. Good athlete, though.

So not much of anything, really.

lexxiedoll Wed 31-May-17 23:00:21

@tabithaa it really drives me insane, I have one sibling, both of my parents work in well payed jobs they own their house and drive nice cars. To say that lexxie is a name that is associated with council estates and large numbers of siblings is horrible, so what if kids grow up on council estates? In my experience of having friends that did it only gave them more drive and determination to prove half these people slating estates on here wrong. How you decide to bring your child up is up to you as a mother. But you are only guiding them until they reach the path they desire to take, good or bad.

MollyHuaCha Thu 01-Jun-17 06:22:23

Remember, OP's question is 'who do you picture?'. So people are responding with snapshots of the picture that comes to mind when you hear the name!

If you've worked as a teacher with hundreds of children over the years, you will have come across all sorts of names. Of course there are exceptions, but as a generalisation, children named Makayla and Davron have different aspirations and outcomes to those named Annabel and Edward.

BarchesterFlowers Thu 01-Jun-17 06:54:06

Gawd there are some unkind posts on this thread.

I know and love a Lexi (Alexis), v smart and clever (petrochemical engineer), fun, kind and a fierce friend. Not from a sink estate, lecturers for parents, grew up as a tomboy with freckles and plaits until in her 20s. Without porn star aspirations.

I have never known a Leah.

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