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What does Alexis mean?

Alexis Pronunciation of Alexis [alex-is] as a boys' name (also used more widely as girls' name Alexis) is pronounced a-LEX-iss. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Alexis is "defender". Often used as a short form of Alexander, though it is from Alexius, the Latin spelling of the Greek Alexios. Saint Alexis (fifth century) was a popular saint of Edessa, venerated as a "man of God". Originally a boy's name, but now more commonly given to girls. Hockey player Akeksei Kovalev.

Associated with: greek, defender, saint, popular (famous).


Alexis has 14 variants: Alejo, Aleksei, Aleksi, Aleksio, Aleksios, Aleksius, Alexei, Alexey, Alexi, Alexio, Alexios, Alexius, Alexus and Alexy.

Affiliated boy name: Lexer.

11 more related forms via Alexander: Alec, Aleco, Alek, Aleko, Alex, Alexan, Alic, Alicio, Alik, Alix and Allie.

2 feminine forms: Alex and Lexie.

Creative forms:
(male) Aceis, Aresis, ..


Middle name pairings:
Alexis Joel (A.J.), ..

How popular is Alexis?

Alexis is a somewhat popular first name for men (#641 out of 1220, Top 53%) and an even more popular last name for both adults and children (#6288 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Alexis reached its apex position of #103 in the U.S. in the year 2004, and is at #343 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alexis name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alexis outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular alternative forms of Alexis (#343 from current records) are Alexander (#8 from current records), Alex (#134), Alec (#455), Alek (#1313), Allie, Alexi and Alix. These forms of Alexis were at the height of their popularity 2 decades ago (median #909) and are somewhat less popular today (#1031, down 40%). Alexander has been the top favorite, while versions like Alec are now less common.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alexis, Alec, Alek, Alex, Alexander in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alexi, Alix, Allie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alex, Alexander outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Acelin, Addis, Adonis, Ahlois, Alain, Alaric, Albain, Alberic, Alberik, Albie, Albis, Alcedio, Aldin, Aldis, Aldous, Aldric, Aldrin, Aldus, Aldwin, Aleck, Aleks, Alem, Aleric, Alerio, Alfeos (see Alpheus), Alfie, Alfio, Alfons, Algie, Algis, Allain, Allex, Allin, Alois, Alpin, Alric, Alstin, Altair, Alucio, Aluin, Aluxio, Alverio, Alvie, Alvin, Alvis, Alvise, Alviss, Alvys, Alwin, Alwis, Ames, Andris, Anestis, Ares, Aris, Arles, Arris, Arvis, Averi, Averie, Averit, Axil, Bemis, Bevis, Blais, Cletis, Denis, Ellis, Elvis, Floris, Lewis, Lexis, Olexi, Olexiy and Reis. These names tend to be less frequently used than Alexis.

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