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This article is about the human name. For other uses, see Alexandra (disambiguation).
ALexandra of Denmark Princess of Wales.jpg
Alexandra of Denmark, Princess of Wales, later Queen of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, Empress consort of India, by Franz Xaver Winterhalter
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".
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, Sandrna, 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 ἀνήρ (anēr) "man" (GEN ἀνδρός andros). Thus it may be roughly translated as "defender of man" or "protector of man".[1][2][3] 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.[4]

Feminine variants[edit]


People whose full name is Alexandra[edit]

People with the given name Alexandra[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

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


  1. ^ Ἀλέξανδρος. Liddell, Henry George; Scott, Robert; A Greek–English Lexicon at the Perseus Project
  2. ^ ἀλέξειν in Liddell and Scott
  3. ^ ἀνήρ in Liddell and Scott.
  4. ^ 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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