ALEXIS
GENDER: Masculine & Feminine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Αλεξης (Greek), Αλεξις (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: ah-LEK-sis (German), al-ek-SEE (French), ə-LEK-sis (English)   [key]
Meaning & History
From the Greek name Αλεξις (Alexis), which meant "helper" or "defender", derived from Greek αλεξω (alexo) "to defend, to help". This was the name of a 3rd-century BC Greek comic poet, and also of several saints. It is used somewhat interchangeably with the related name Αλεξιος or Alexius, borne by five Byzantine emperors. In the English-speaking world it is more commonly used as a feminine name.
Related Names
VARIANTS: Alexia, Alexus (English), Alexios, Alexius (Ancient Greek)
DIMINUTIVES: Alexina, Lexi, Lexie, Lexine, Lexy, Lexia, Lexus (English)
FEMININE FORM: Alexia (German)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Aleksei, Aleksey, Alexei, Alexey, Aliaksei (Belarusian), Aleix (Catalan), Aljoša (Croatian), Alexej, Aleš (Czech), Aleksi, Ale (Finnish), Aleixo (Galician), Elek (Hungarian), Alessio (Italian), Aleksy (Polish), Aleixo (Portuguese), Aleksei, Aleksey, Alexei, Alexey, Alyosha, Lyosha (Russian), Alexej, Aleš (Slovak), Aleksej, Aleks, Aleš, Aljoša (Slovene), Alejo (Spanish), Aleksei, Aleksey, Alexei, Alexey, Oleksiy, Olexiy, Olek (Ukrainian)
Popularity
United States  ranked #227 for boys
 ranked #40 for girls
 
England/Wales  ranked #101 for girls 
Canada (BC)  ranked #22 for girls 
Australia (NSW)  ranked #39 for girls 
Belgium  ranked #76 for boys 
Chile  ranked #64 for boys 
France  ranked #36 for boys 
New Zealand  ranked #43 for girls 
Northern Ireland  ranked #84 for girls 
Scotland  ranked #92 for girls