What does Alexandra mean?
Alexandra \a-lexa-ndra, alex(an)-dra\ as a girls' name is pronounced al-eks-AHN-dra. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Alexandra is "man's defender". Latinate feminine form of Alexander. Seldom used in the English-speaking world before the 20th century. Became very popular in Britain after the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) married the Danish Princess Alexandra in 1863. Used in the English royal family and its many branches. See also Alondra, Drina, and Olexa. Ballet dancer Alexandra Danilova; fashion designer Zandra Rhodes.
Alexandra has 112 variants: Alandra, Alastrina, Alastriona, Alejanda, Alejandra, Alejandrina, Aleka, Alekanederina, Aleki, Aleksandra, Alesandare, Alesandere, Alessanda, Alessandra, Alessandre, Alessandrina, Alessandrine, Alessia, Alex▼, Alexa, Alexanda, Alexander, Alexanderia, Alexanderine, Alexandre, Alexandrea▼, Alexandreana, Alexandrena, Alexandrene, Alexandretta, Alexandria, Alexandrina, Alexandrine, Alexea, Alexena, Alexene, Alexi, Alexia, Alexie, Alexina, Alexine, Alexis, Alexsandra, Ali▼, Alie, Aliki, Alissandre, Alissandrine, Alista, Alix, Alixandra, Alixandria, Alla, Alle, Allejandra, Allejandrina, Allessa, Allessandra, Allexa, Allexandra, Allexandrina, Allexina, Allexine, Alli, Allie, Allix, Ally▼, Alyxandra, Anda, Cesya, Dzana, Elena, Ellena, Lesy, Lesya, Lexa, Lexi, Lexie, Lexine, Lexy, Lisandra, Lisandrina, Lisandrine, Lissandra, Lissandre, Lissandrine, Sanda, Sande, Sandee, Sandi▼, Sandie, Sandra▼, Sandrina, Sandrine, Sandy▼, Sandye, Sanndra, Sannie, Sasha, Sashenka, Shura, Shurochka, Sinisa, Sohndra, Sondra▼, Xandra, Zahndra, Zanda, Zandra, Zanndra, Zohndra and Zondra.
Alexandra is a very prominent first name for women (#396 out of 4276, Top 9%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#33425 out of 150436, Top 22%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Alexandra for girls. Alexandra was first listed in 1900-1909 and reached its top position of #26 in the U.S. in the year 1996, and is currently at #92. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Alexandra and associated names. Alexa (#63 the previous year), Alexis (#64), Elena (#121), Andrea (#125), Alexandria (#211), Lexi (#242), Allie (#257), Alexia (#270), Alessandra (#299), Alondra (#355), Alejandra (#446), Lexie (#563), Sasha (#569), Ally (#736), Sandra (#800), Sandi, Sondra, Sandy, Alejandrina, Ali, Alex, Alexandrea, Alexander and Roxanne are the popular varying forms of Alexandra (#92 the previous year). These girl names reached the height of their popularity in 1998 (usage of 0.5231%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.4315%, down 17.5%), with versions such as Sandra, Ali, Alex, Roxanne and Alexandrea falling out of style. The trendier baby names in this compilation are Alessandra (#299), Elena (#121), Lexi (#242), Alexandria (#211) and Alexa (#63). (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
A suggested similar baby name is Alexanna. This name tends to be less commonly used than Alexandra.