Alexandra

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Alexandra
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Cassandra was a beloved of Apollo who had granted her the gift of prophecy, but then cursed her after she scorned his love so that no one would ever believe her predictions. She is depicted in this painting from antiquity being raped by Ajax after the fall of Troy.
Pronunciation IPA: /ˌælɪgˈzændrə, -ˈzɑn-/
Phonetic: [al-ig-zan-druh, -zahn-]
Gender Feminine, the masculine form being Alexander.
Language(s) From the Greek Alexandra, the female form of Alexandros, from alexein meaning "to ward off, keep off, turn away, defend, protect" and aner meaning "man".
Origin
Meaning "Defender, protector of man".
Other names
See also Alejandra, Aleksandra, Alessandra, Alexandrine, Alex, Alexa, Alexis, Cassandra, Kassandra, Lexi, Lexie, Lexa, Alessia, Alessiya, Alesiya, Olesia, Olesiya, Olessiya, Sandra, Sandrina, Sandrine, Sally, Sandy, Sendy, Shandy, Sasha, Shura, Xandra, Ksandra. The name Alexandria is similar, though itself means "land, place of Alexander".

Alexandra (Greek: Ἀλεξάνδρα) is the feminine form of the given name Alexander, which is a romanization of the Greek name Ἀλέξανδρος (Alexandros). Etymologically, the name is a compound of the Greek verb ἀλέξειν (alexein) "to defend" and ἀνδρός (andros), the genitive of the noun ἀνήρ (anēr) "man". Thus it may be roughly translated as "defender of man" or "protector of man". The name was one of the titles or epithets given to the Greek goddess Hera and as such is usually taken to mean "one who comes to save warriors". The earliest attested form of the name is the Mycenaean Greek 𐀀𐀩𐀏𐀭𐀅𐀨, a-re-ka-sa-da-ra, written in the Linear B syllabic script.[1]

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People[edit]

People whose full name is Alexandra[edit]

People with the given name Alexandra[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

  • Alexandra Mack, aka Alex Mack, main character in the popular American Television series The Secret World of Alex Mack
  • Alexandra Brooks DiMera, aka Lexie Carver, character on the American soap opera Days of our Lives
  • Alexandra Nuñez, aka Alex Nuñez, character in Degrassi: The Next Generation
  • Alexandra Russo, aka Alex Russo, character in Wizards of Waverly Place
  • Alexandra (Nikita character)
  • Alexandra Dunphy, aka Alex Dunphy, character in popular American Television series "Modern Family"
  • Alexandra Grey, aka Lexie Grey, character in American Television Drama "Grey's Anatomy"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tablet MY V 659 (61). "The Linear B word a-re-ka-sa-da-ra". Palaeolexicon. Word study tool of ancient languages.  "MY 659 V (61)". DĀMOS Database of Mycenaean at Oslo. University of Oslo.  Raymoure, K.A. "a-re-ka-sa-da-ra-qe". Deaditerranean. Minoan Linear A & Mycenaean Linear B.  Chadwick, John (1999) [1976]. The Mycenaean World. New York: Cambridge University Press. 

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