[ 4 syll. a-le-xan-dra, al-exand-ra ] The baby girl name Alexandra is also used as a boy name, though the use for girls is far more popular. It is pronounced in English as aeL-ahG-ZAEN-DRah, in Dutch as aa-LahK-SAAN-DRaa, or in German as aa-LehK-SAAN-DRaa †. Alexandra's language of origin is Old Greek. It is predominantly used in Czech, Dutch, English, German, Greek, Hungarian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Scandinavian, Slavic, and Spanish. The name Alexandra means 'defender of men'. It is derived from alexein which means 'to ward off, to defend' ; aner 'man'. The name was borne in Greek mythology as an epithet by the goddess Hera. It was also borne by Alix of Hesse, the wife of Nicholas II the last Tsar of Russia; she was given the name Alexandra after being received into the Russian Church. The name was first popularized in the late 19th century by Queen Alexandra (1844-1925), the Danish princess who married King Edward VII of England. The form Alexandrina was popular in the 19th century as well, as it was Queen Victoria's (1819-1901) first name. Other members of royalty with the name have included Empress Alexandra of Russia (1872-1918) and the cousin of Elizabeth II, Princess Alexandra (1936-). Alexandra is the feminine form of the Dutch, English, German, Hungarian, and Slavic Alexander.
The name Alexandra is widely used; it has 159 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Alaxandra, Alecsandra, Aleczandra, Alesandese, Alesandra, Alessandra (also used in Italian and Spanish), Alewndra, Alewndrina, Alexanda, Alexande, Alexandera, Alexandere, Alexanderia (also used in Spanish), Alexanderina, Alexanderine, Alexandina, Alexandre, Alexandrea, Alexandreana, Alexandrena, Alexandrene, Alexandretta, Alexandria (also used in Greek), Alexandriana, Alexandrie (also used in French), Alexandrine (also used in French and German), Alexandtea, Alexane, Alexavia, and Alexes. Other English forms include the shortenings Alex, Alexa (also used in German, Hungarian, and Spanish), Alexis (also used in German, and Spanish), Alix (also used in Greek), Lexandra, Sandra (also used in Estonian, French, German, Italian, and Spanish), Sondra (also used in Italian, and Spanish), Xandra (also used in French, and Spanish), and Zandra (also used in Italian, and Spanish), the diminutives Alexea, Alexena (also used in Spanish), Alexene, Alexi, Alexia (also used in German, and Spanish), Alexie, Alexina (also used in Scottish, and Spanish), Alexine (also used in French, and Greek), Ali (also used in Spanish), Alie (also used in Dutch), Aljexi, Ally, Dzana, Lexa (also used in Czech and), Lexi (also used in Spanish), Lexia, Lexie, Lexy (also used in Scottish), Sanda (also used in Spanish), Sandee, Sandi (also used in Spanish), Sandie, and Sandy, and the spelling variant Alyxandra.
Forms used in foreign languages include Ala (Polish), Alajandra (Spanish), Alandra (Spanish), Alandria (Spanish), Alastrina (Scottish and Spanish), Alastriona (Spanish), Alejandra (Spanish), Alejandrina (Spanish), Aleka (Greek and Spanish), Alekanederina (Hawaiian), Alekko (Slavic), Aleks (Russian), Aleksandra (Polish, Russian, and Slavic), Aleksasha (Russian), Aleksey (Russian and Slavic), Aleksi (Slavic), Alena (Russian), Ales (Czech), Alesha (Russian), Aleska (Polish), Alessa (Italian), Alessandrina (Spanish), Alessia (Italian and Spanish), Alesta (Scottish), Alexandrina (French, German, and Spanish), Alexiou (Greek), Alexius (French and German), Alista (Spanish), Alka (Polish), and Alla (Spanish). Specific foreign forms include the shortening Xandrine (French), and the diminutives Ritsa (Greek), Sanja (German and Russian), Sannie (Dutch and German), Sanya (Russian), Sasha (Russian and Spanish), Shura (Russian), and Sinisa (Slavic).
Alexandra is a popular baby girl name. The name grew in popularity from the 1930s up to the 1990s. Its usage peaked in 1993 with 0.542% of baby girls being named Alexandra. It had a ranking of #28 then. The baby name has experienced a drop in frequency since then. In 2018, it ranked at #125 with a usage of 0.130%, but it was nevertheless the 3rd most popular after Elena and Alexa, among all girl names in its family. Elena was more frequently used than Alexandra by 57% in 2018. In the last century Alexandra has mainly been a baby girl name.
Baby names that sound like Alexandra include Aleksandra, Alajandra, Alandria, Alecsandra, Aleczandra, Alesandra, Alessandra, Alexandrie, Alexsandra, Alexzandra, Alissandra, Alissandre, Allessandra, Alysandra, Alyssandra, Alyxandra, Alecsandria, Aleczandria, Alessandria, and Alexandrea.
† Pronunciation for Alexandra: AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; G as in "grin (G.R.IH.N)" ; Z as in "zoo (Z.UW)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; K as in "key (K.IY)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)"
Details of famous persons named Alexandra:
Actress Alexandra Paul, born 29 July 1963, New York, New York.
Chess Player Alexandra Kosteniuk, born 23 April 1984, Perm, Russia.
Figure Skater Sasha Cohen, born Alexandra Pauline Cohen 26 October 1984, Westwood, California.
Political Relative Alexandra Kerry, born 5 September 1973.