Girl Baby Name

Alexa

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Quick Facts on Alexa

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Greek, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 60
Pronunciation:
ah-LEHKS-ah
Simple meaning:
Defender of Men

Characteristics of Alexa

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Alexa

Alexa is a short form of Alexandra which is the female equivalent to Alexander, from the Greek Alexandros (Αλεξανδρος). Alexander essentially translates to “Defender of Men” from the Greek elements “alexein” (to defend) and “andros” (man) in a relationship or possessive form. All of the “Alexander” names owe their popularity to one man dating back to the 4th century B.C., Alexander the Great. Alexander is still considered by many historians today – nearly 2,400 years later – to be the greatest military leader of all time. This “Great” man spent twelve years expanding his empire east to the Himalayas, defeating the entirety of the Persian Empire, and spreading a new Hellenistic (Greek) culture in the present day Middle East, parts of India and Asia and down to Egypt. Alexander the Great never lost a battle but his life was tragically cut short at the tender age of 33 (some speculate poisoning). We are left to wonder what else he would have accomplished had he forged ahead. His legendary deeds were so renowned in the ancient world that later Roman Emperors strove to emulate him or fashion their own legacies after him. Tales of Alexander the Great’s celebrated triumphant battles continued to be told from the Classical Era up through the Middle Ages and into modern times, keeping his name fresh in the minds of all Westerners. No wonder there are so many variations of this name! The feminized versions of the male name Alexander were not common in the English-speaking world until relatively recently (19th century). They were popularized first in Scandinavia, Russia and Eastern Europe and eventually made their way to Britain. Today, pretty Alexa is most common in the United States and Canada.

Popularity of the Name Alexa

The name Alexa, as a stand-alone name (versus a pet name or nickname), is one of the newer variations of Alexandra, showing up for the first time on the female popularity charts in 1973. Alexis, for instance, showed up 30 years before that. One of the most significant influences from pop culture on the usage of the name Alexa came at the end of 1985 when the famous celebrity couple Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley (now divorced) announced the name of their daughter “Alexa Ray” (Ray in homage to Ray Charles). This news clearly sparked some serious interest in the name: in the next two years Alexa jumped over 500 spots on the popularity charts. By the late 1990’s, the name became a Top 100 choice, and today it’s in the Top 50. A “pretty girl” name, Alexa is a solid choice, suggesting both femininity and strength.
Popularity of the Girl Name Alexa
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Alexa

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Alexa

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Alexa

    Alexa We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Alexa.

  • Popular Songs on Alexa

    Popular Songs on Alexa

    Alexa Ascending - a song by The Sleepers

    Alexa Knows - a song by Laura V. Proenza

    The Downeaster "Alexa" - a song by Billy Joel

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Alexa

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Alexa

    Alexa and the Amazing Apple (Adam Gottlieb) - How is a 14 year old Mets fan going to persuade his 5 year old sister with no interest in baseball to go to a Mets game at Citi Field? By telling her about the giant amazing apple that grows beyond the outfield fence, of course. Alexa and the Amazing Apple tells the story of a family trip to the ballpark where everyone gets what they want. Aaron gets to see his beloved Mets play at Citi Field, Mom enjoys the wide array of food at the ballpark, and Alexa and Dad share a day together that they will never forget. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Alexa and the Yellow Bird (Mary C. Crittenden) - Kindle. Alexa and the Yellow Bird, with its colorful illustrations and melodic verse, is an uplifting story about a child realizing the true meaning of nature through a yellow bird. With its short prose, it's meant to engage young children and encourage their interest in reading. Enjoy! Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Alexa the Fashion Editor Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - Fashion AND fairies? An unbeatable combination! The Fashion Fairies use their magic accessories to make sure that fashion everywhere is fun and fresh. But when jealous Jack Frost steals their magic away, it could lead to a fashion flop! Luckily, Rachel and Kirsty are ready to dive into another fairy adventure... Reporting on fashion is an important job -- but it's no fun when everything goes wrong! Now that Alexa the Fashion Editor Fairy's magic is missing, nothing is going right. Recommended for ages 6-9.

  • Famous People Named Alexa

    Famous People Named Alexa

    Famous People Named Alexa - Alexa Davalos (actress); Alexa Demara (actress); Alexa Gerasimovich (actress); Alexa Havins (actress); Alexa Ray Joel (musician); Alexa Nikolas (actress); Alexa Wilkinson (musician); Alexa Vega (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Alexa

    Children of Famous People Named Alexa

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Alexa - Billy Joel (musician); Brent Jasmer (actor); Christie Brinkley (model/businesswoman); Mario Lemieux (hockey player)

  • Historic Figures

    Alexa - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Alexa - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Alexa.

Personality of the Girl Name Alexa

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Alexa

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