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 (#8677 out of 88799, Top 10%). (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 the year 1999 and have become significantly less popular since, 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.