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Gender Masculine & Feminine
Scripts Αλεξης(Greek) Αλεξις(Ancient Greek)
Pronounced Pron. a-LEH-ksis(German)
A-LEHK-SEE(French)
ə-LEHK-sis(English)
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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.
VariantsAlexia, Alexus(English)
DiminutivesAlexina, Lexi, Lexia, Lexie, Lexine, Lexus, Lexy(English)
Feminine FormAlexia(French)
Other Languages & CulturesAleksei, Aleksey, Alexei, Alexey, Aliaksei(Belarusian) Aleix(Catalan) Aljoša(Croatian) Alexej, Aleš(Czech) Aleksi, Ale(Finnish) Aleixo(Galician) Elek(Hungarian) Alessia, Alessio(Italian) Aleksy(Polish) Aleixo(Portuguese) Aleksei, Aleksey, Alexei, Alexey, Aleks, Alex, Alyosha, Lyosha(Russian) Aljoša(Serbian) Alexej, Aleš(Slovak) Aleksej, Aleks, Aleš, Aljoša(Slovene) Alejo(Spanish) Aleksei, Aleksey, Alexei, Alexey, Oleksiy, Olexiy, Aleks, Oles(Ukrainian)

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