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Leo or Alexander

(46 Posts)
itsgoingtoofast Sun 10-Dec-17 23:30:43

DC3 due in a few months and these names have jumped out at us so far. Already have a DS and DD with quite traditional (one biblical) names.

Interested in some opinions please to help us decide....

JollyGiraffe Sun 10-Dec-17 23:31:53

I like both, but Alexander would probably have the edge for me.

smellybeanpole Sun 10-Dec-17 23:32:21


DiegoMadonna Sun 10-Dec-17 23:32:36


ChocolateCrunch Mon 11-Dec-17 06:28:36


Flumplet Mon 11-Dec-17 06:38:33

Alexanders are all over the shop these days therefore I’d go for the slightly less popular/common Leo. Plus I quite like Leo. If I didn’t already have a theo it would be top of my list for if this baby I’m having were to be a boy.

BillywilliamV Mon 11-Dec-17 06:52:09

I thought I had an Alexander until she was born. I love it, “Xander” is cool when he is a teenager. I do like Leo as well though.

KatnissK Mon 11-Dec-17 06:54:08

Ooh I like both. I really like Alexander but not a fan of 'Alex' so for that reason I'll vote Leo too.

FixItUpChappie Mon 11-Dec-17 06:54:10

I think Leo is too personally, Alexander is classic and timeless

FixItUpChappie Mon 11-Dec-17 06:55:13

too popular that should say hmm

pipilangstrumpf Mon 11-Dec-17 06:55:34


Alex is a little dull, so common for boys and girls

Bizarroworld Mon 11-Dec-17 07:04:06

Alexander nn Xander

deptfordgirl Mon 11-Dec-17 07:31:41

I actually think Alexander is less common around here. I have met quite a few baby Leos, seems to be quite trendy at the moment. I say go with Alexander.

LastOneDancing Mon 11-Dec-17 08:08:02

Great name.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Mon 11-Dec-17 08:31:46

Leo Alexander.

moggle Mon 11-Dec-17 08:51:09

These were our front runners when we were expecting DC1, who turned out to be a girl. Funny this time we're expecting twin boys and I don't think will be using either. Still like them but I find Alexander a mouthful and I know I'll shorten it and as another poster says, don't like Alex as much. Plus there have been a few baby alexanders born to various friends. Leo I still do really love but there are a lot round here in Surrey.... might still have an outside chance...

ThroughThickAndThin01 Mon 11-Dec-17 09:03:04


I prefer Alexander, although I don't dislike Leo.

17caterpillars1mouse Mon 11-Dec-17 09:42:39


I know 1 under 5 Alexander but several Leo's

Also love Zander

itsgoingtoofast Mon 11-Dec-17 09:51:02

Thanks everyone!

It's a tough one. I don't know any Leos around here but do know a couple of Alexs. Maybe a regional thing. I'm not so keen on Zander but I do quite like Alex, Sandy etc.... I feel like it's a name that can change over time but I suppose you don't get much choice on what his friends decide to shorten it too which is a consideration!

I do love Leo Alexander....

It is quite out there for me, I'm usually much more drawn to classical and more old fashioned names but there is just something about it that I like! Still torn...

DiegoMadonna Mon 11-Dec-17 10:42:32

Might be worth bearing in mind that Leo has been more popular/common that Alexander over the last few years, so for your baby's generation, it will be the more common name.

OhChill Mon 11-Dec-17 16:51:48

Leo for me.

I really like both and want to use Alexander as a middle name for dc2, (due next month). But I’m a bit bored of Alexander as a first name. I seem to hear it a lot where I live. I also dislike Xander / Zander / Sander as a shortening, so would rule it out for that reason.

minipie Mon 11-Dec-17 16:53:51


I like both names but really dislike Xander which seems to be the current preferred nickname.

Leo is awesome

SantaStuckInTheChimney Mon 11-Dec-17 17:27:07

Love both.

I think I would go with Leo.

midsomermurderess Mon 11-Dec-17 19:53:17

Alexander, and it has a lot of contractions, my favourites being Xander and Sasha.

MikeUniformMike Mon 11-Dec-17 21:17:26

I like both.
Leo might be a bit 'trendy'
I don't like Xander but I like Al, Alec, Alex, Sandy and Sasha.

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