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GenderMasculine & Feminine
ScriptsΑλεξης Greek Αλεξις Ancient Greek
PronouncedPron.a-LE-ksis German
A-LEK-SEE French
ə-LEK-s!s English

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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Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute