Alex – do you associate first with a boy or girl?

posted 2 years ago in Names
  • poll: What do sex do you associate the nn Alex with first?
    Boy : (102 votes)
    57 %
    Girl : (13 votes)
    7 %
    Equally Associated : (64 votes)
    36 %
  • Post # 2
    9722 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    Alex is completely unisex from my perspective. I’ve know males and females names Alex and it’s never struck me as being more feminine or masculine.

    Post # 3
    2179 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I think of it as a boy name only because I haven’t known any girls with that name. I know there are, I just haven’t personally known any.

    I really don’t think this name is overly feminine or masculine, like pp says. I think it’s a great name.

    Post # 4
    2928 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    I know both males and females with this name but I’ve noticed lately it’s become a popular female baby name.  I love the name.

    Post # 5
    9198 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Alex as full name or nickname? I know Alexanders (male) and Alexandras (female), both go by Alex.

    Post # 6
    390 posts
    Helper bee

    I think about a boy when I hear that name.

    However, I’m considering Alex (Alexandra) if we have a girl, it’s a name that I keep thinking about.


    Post # 7
    2858 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2018

    I associate it with a boy name but I may be biased as my little brothers name is Alex. Alex is his actual name and is not short for Alexander in his case. 

    Post # 8
    702 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    Most girls I know go by Alexa or Lexi if their name is Alexandra. I’ve known a few who go by Alex, but not very often. Mostly, I’d associate it as a boy’s name.

    Post # 9
    1980 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK

    If I had a daughter that’s the name I would want to chose but my BIL’s name is Alex so I can’t. I know a couple of Alexandras who go by Ali but that can also be a boy’s name.

    Post # 10
    3990 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2016

    Equal for me, I have a male cousin Alex and my BFF’s Dear Daughter is also Alex, well Alyx, but same pronunciation.

    Post # 11
    680 posts
    Busy bee

    For some reason I think boy first. I also know an Alexander that goes by Xander, so that could be a nickname alternative.

    Post # 12
    2471 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Alexander and its miniutives and derivatives- boy.

    Alexandria, Alexis, Alexandra and diminutives and derivatives- girl.

    So “Alex” may be either. 

    Post # 13
    6822 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    I think boy first, but I do know a few girls with that name too. Its like 51% boy 49% girl in my mind haha. Pretty darn uni.

    Post # 14
    215 posts
    Helper bee

    My best friend is named Alexanderia and I only know her as Alex.

    But growing up I knew 2 boys who were Alexander and known as Alex and one girl “Alexandra” who was “Ally” So for me it is a very unisex name. Same with Jesse/Jessie or Sam.

    Post # 15
    6628 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2015

    RedWine13 :  Although I jump straight to boy and know more boys with that name, I do know a female Alex and never thought twice about it, although I do think it’s a nickname.  There is definitely no reason to worry that it’s not masculine enough for a boy’s name though!  And if you do name your kid Alex, you’ll get used to it quickly, I’m sure.

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