Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Alexa

Alexa is a short form of Alexandra which is the female equivalent to Alexander, from the Greek Alexandros (Αλεξανδρος). Alexander essentially translates to “Defender of Men” from the Greek elements “alexein” (to defend) and “andros” (man) in a relationship or possessive form. All of the “Alexander” names owe their popularity to one man dating back to the 4th century B.C., Alexander the Great. Alexander is still considered by many historians today – nearly 2,400 years later – to be the greatest military leader of all time. This “Great” man spent twelve years expanding his empire east to the Himalayas, defeating the entirety of the Persian Empire, and spreading a new Hellenistic (Greek) culture in the present day Middle East, parts of India and Asia and down to Egypt. Alexander the Great never lost a battle but his life was tragically cut short at the tender age of 33 (some speculate poisoning). We are left to wonder what else he would have accomplished had he forged ahead. His legendary deeds were so renowned in the ancient world that later Roman Emperors strove to emulate him or fashion their own legacies after him. Tales of Alexander the Great’s celebrated triumphant battles continued to be told from the Classical Era up through the Middle Ages and into modern times, keeping his name fresh in the minds of all Westerners. No wonder there are so many variations of this name! The feminized versions of the male name Alexander were not common in the English-speaking world until relatively recently (19th century). They were popularized first in Scandinavia, Russia and Eastern Europe and eventually made their way to Britain. Today, pretty Alexa is most common in the United States and Canada.

All About the Baby Name – Alexa

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME ALEXA

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME ALEXA

The name Alexa, as a stand-alone name (versus a pet name or nickname), is one of the newer variations of Alexandra, showing up for the first time on the female popularity charts in 1973. Alexis, for instance, showed up 30 years before that. One of the most significant influences from pop culture on the usage of the name Alexa came at the end of 1985 when the famous celebrity couple Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley (now divorced) announced the name of their daughter “Alexa Ray” (Ray in homage to Ray Charles). This news clearly sparked some serious interest in the name: in the next two years Alexa jumped over 500 spots on the popularity charts. By the late 1990’s, the name became a Top 100 choice, and today it’s in the Top 50. A “pretty girl” name, Alexa is a solid choice, suggesting both femininity and strength.

Quick Facts

ON ALEXA

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Greek

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

60

PRONUNCIATION:

ah-LEHKS-ah

SIMPLE MEANING:

Defender of Men

Characteristics

OF ALEXA

Mystical

Wise

Eccentric

Intuitive

Imaginative

Philosophical

Solitary

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Alexa

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME ALEXA

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

Popular Songs

ON ALEXA

Alexa Ascending
a song by The Sleepers

The Downeaster "Alexa"
a song by Billy Joel

Alexa Knows
a song by Laura V. Proenza

Famous People

NAMED ALEXA

Alexa Davalos (actress)
Alexa Demara (actress)
Alexa Gerasimovich (actress)
Alexa Havins (actress)
Alexa Ray Joel (musician)
Alexa Nikolas (actress)
Alexa Wilkinson (musician)
Alexa Vega (actress)

Children of Famous People

NAMED ALEXA

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

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME ALEXA

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