What does Alexis mean?
Alexis \a-lexis\ as a girls' name (also used less commonly as boys' name Alexis) is pronounced a-LEX-iss. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Alexis is "defender". Originally a boy's name, but now more commonly given to girls. Actress Alexis Smith.
For more on this name, see also the related girl name Alexandra.
Alexis has 1 masculine form: Lexer.
Alexis is a very popular first name for women (#457 out of 4276, Top 11%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#6288 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Alexis for girls. Alexis entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its top rank of #3 in the U.S. in the year 1999, and is presently at #64. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Popular varying forms of Alexis (#64 in 2014) are Alexa (#63 in 2014), Alexandra (#92), Lexi (#242), Alexia (#270), Lexie (#563), Lexis, Alexus, Alex and Alexys. These girl names reached the apex of their popularity in 1999 (usage of 0.5914%) and have become significantly less popular since (usage 0.4706%, down 20.4%), with the versions Alexus and Alex becoming less stylish. The trendier names for newborns in this compilation are Lexi (#242), Alexa (#63), Alexandra (#92), Alexia (#270) and Alexis (#64), and there is also a resurgence in baby name popularity for Alexandra. Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of Alexis and related names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
A suggested similar baby name is Alexie. This name tends to be less frequently used than Alexis.