Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Alessandra

Alessandra is the Italian form of Alexandra, both of which are feminine equivalents to the Greek masculine name Alexander. Alexander is the Latin form of the Greek name “Alexandros”. The name’s meaning is interpreted from the Greek “alexein” which means “to defend” plus “andros” which translates to “man, warrior” in a possessive form which brings us to the full meaning: ‘defender of mankind’. The most famous bearer was Alexander the Great, King of Macedon in the 4th century B.C.; he was (and is) considered the greatest military general ever having successfully defeated the Persian Empire in its entirety, expanding east to India and south to Egypt, spreading and infusing Hellenistic culture far and wide. His “great” name was adopted throughout Europe in many different languages. Some of the feminine variants in other languages include: Aleksandra (Slavic); Alessandra (Italian); Alexandra (English); Alexandrine (French, German); Alejandra (Spanish); Lekszi (Hungarian); Sandra (Nordic); Sasha (Russian); Xandra (Dutch) and the list goes on. The Alexander family of names has been one of the most successful, long-enduring, timeless and classical of all given names within Western Civilization. Alessandra remains a very popular name in Italy.

All About the Baby Name – Alessandra

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME ALESSANDRA

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME ALESSANDRA

Alessandra did not appear on the American female naming charts until 1987 and it took the name at least a decade to find her legs. The name floundered for a while, but then finally headed up the charts at the turn of the 21st century. There are a few interesting naming trends currently emerging on the side of baby girls. For one, parents are bringing back old-fashioned names. Two, parents are showing interest in the more Latinate, fancier forms of names (Isabella instead of Isabelle, Julia instead of Julie, etc). And thirdly, parents are falling in love with Italian names. We’ve seen this in many cases. Names like Mia, Lucia, Sienna, Gianna, Adrianna and Giuliana are all showing impressive upwards movement on the female naming charts. Alessandra is one more example of this. While she’s not as popular as the aforementioned Italian girl names, she has reached levels of respectable moderation. The gorgeous Brazilian supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio is probably also helping to remind future parents just how pretty this name is. Alessandra is a smoother, prettier version of the stronger sounding Alexandra. And because it’s Italian, it has that desirable European sophistication and cosmopolitan feel with a full-bodied dose of Italian passion and beauty.

Quick Facts

ON ALESSANDRA

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Italian

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

4

RANKING POPULARITY:

299

PRONUNCIATION:

ahl-e-SAHN-drah

SIMPLE MEANING:

Defender of Mankind

Characteristics

OF ALESSANDRA

Dependable

Solid

Practical

Hard-working

Industrious

Studious

Conservative

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Alessandra

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME ALESSANDRA

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Alessandra

Popular Songs

ON ALESSANDRA

Lorenza, Giada, Alessandra
a song by L7

Famous People

NAMED ALESSANDRA

Alessandra Ambrosio (Brazilian supermodel)
Alessandra Ferri (Italian ballet dancer)
Alessandra Torresani (actress)

Children of Famous People

NAMED ALESSANDRA

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Alessandra

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME ALESSANDRA

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Alessandra