Meaning: Mankind’s defender
Alternate spellings: Alejandra, Aleksia, Alessandra, Alex, Alexa, Alexea, Alexia, Alexandria, Alexus, Lexi, Lexie, Lexy, Sandra
Alexis and Alexandra are sure to be strong women. They’re derived from Greek boy’s names Alexius (“to defend, to help”) and Alexander (“mankind’s defender”), whose combined ranks include five Byzantine emperors and the Macedonian king Alexander the Great. Careful, parents: your little princess might think she’s already a queen!
Alexis hit the charts in 1943 and peaked at #3 in 1999. Alexandra became a list regular in 1938 and hit the top 100 in 1984.
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U.S. Rank by Year
Rank of Similar Names in 2008