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DH and I both like Lexi for a girl. But we don't like Alexandra or Alexandria as a first name. What's your opinion on just calling a girl Lexi?
 

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How about Alexis?
 

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Oooh I like that. I once worked with an Alexis. DH is way fussy/weird/annoying about names. Will run it past him. Thanks!
 

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I don't like nicknames as proper names. I'd rather have something more formal my kids can fall back on. Lexi also seems particularly cutesie to me, and not something that a grown woman would want to be called.<br><br>
I'd do a full name, or make Lexi her middle name and just call her that.<br><br>
I like Alexis and Alexa. Alexia has become popular, but it's a kind of stroke-induced brain damage so it's not something I would personally use.
 

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At a family reunion as a little girl I met a girl named Lexi, she was awesome, we met for the first time there (She wasn't part of the reunion). We became penpals and are still talking today.<br><br>
So I am partial to the name, I like Lexi.
 

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I love the name Lexi. You could also have an Alexa.
 

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For a child I really like the name Lexi but I would not really like that name for an adult woman in a professional setting. I like more formal names since they leave the option open to the person with the name whether she wants to go by the shorter version or the longer version of her name. I like A&A's suggestion.
 

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I like Lexi for a younger lady. I met a woman named Lexi and it didn't seem to match her age in my opinion. (I think she was 35ish?)<br><br>
I really like Alexandra, Alexis, or Alexi.<br><br>
Lexi is very cute and feminine name/nickname! Good luck, mama. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I love Lexi! I babysat for a Lexi, and I believe her full name was Alexis.<br><br>
I really liked the name Maisie as a full first name for this kiddo, but DP vetoed. We are likely naming her Jamison, and using Maisie as a nickname, just to give you my experience (so far) with possible nicknames as first names.<br><br>
In the end, though, I say go with the name that speaks to you and ignore the opinions of others. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> My stepdad always said opinions are like a$$holes... everyone has one. I've found this to be particularly true with sharing with folks IRL our name ideas. (However I have found the feedback of MDC ladies very helpful!).<br><br>
Good luck, and I'm sure whatever name you choose will fit her perfectly! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I don't like Lexi myself, but I would go with Alexia or something. I agree that Lexi is fine for a little kid but doesn't seem to fit an adult well. Or, give a middle name she could use if she doesn't want to be Lexi when she's 30.
 

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I think I would ditto everything Lach said. I've heard so many adults say "I wish my parents had given me the full name instead of just Chrissy/Staci/Patty/Trisha/etc. so that I could have had the choice to go by a more grown-up sounding name now." I wouldn't force a young sounding nickname on person that they will have to wear their whole lives.
 

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Thanks for the great feedback everyone. I cant see the name Lexi fitting an older woman either. I'm really, really liking Alexis. And DH didnt hate it so that's all good <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
What would annoy me though, is if people (read - MIL) insist on calling her Alexis and not Lexi. I suppose we'd have to cross that bridge if we get to it. Babe might not even be a girl. But I could totally see her doing that. Oh well, she'd have to cop my mama bear postpartum hormones if she does!
 

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What would annoy me though, is if people (read - MIL) insist on calling her Alexis and not Lexi. I suppose we'd have to cross that bridge if we get to it. Babe might not even be a girl. But I could totally see her doing that. Oh well, she'd have to cop my mama bear postpartum hormones if she does!</div>
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if you plan on telling your family the baby's name/potential names before hand, then I would just say, the baby's name will be Lexi.<br>
Or introduce the baby that way when she was born.<br>
Then after everyone has gotten used to the name and is calling the baby that (and whenever it seems convienent to bring up), say "Oh we just put Alexis on her birth certificate so that when she's older...[you know the rest]"
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">DDC crashing--<br>
if you plan on telling your family the baby's name/potential names before hand, then I would just say, the baby's name will be Lexi.<br>
Or introduce the baby that way when she was born.<br>
Then after everyone has gotten used to the name and is calling the baby that (and whenever it seems convienent to bring up), say "Oh we just put Alexis on her birth certificate so that when she's older...[you know the rest]"</div>
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Good idea <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Maybe because it's my first name <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Hmm. I sort of take issue with the idea that any name ending in an "ee" sound is babyish or nicknamey. I have friends named Tracy, Stacey, Alli, Amy, Dixie, Mary, Tammi, Tiffanie, Judi, Kaylee, Carrie, Haley, Kelli, Charli, Carly, Emily, Jodi, Cherie, Joni, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, and Julie. All of them are given names except for Charli, which is short for Charlena (but she doesn't like Charlena). My name ends in "ie," as well. AFAIK, none of us feel like perpetual little girls because of our names.<br><br>
I guess I don't see why "Alexa" is a big-girl name, but "Lexi" isn't. Something against the letter I? Does Lexi not have enough syllables? I don't get it.<br><br>
I'm another one for the idea of naming the child what you plan to call it. DS1 is Jakob and everyone wants to call him Jake. If I wanted a Jake, I'd have named him Jake. He'll answer to it, but doesn't introduce himself as Jake.
 

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2xy, I don't think that's exactly the issue here. Many names ending with an "ee" sound ARE full, traditional names, and for that reason they don't sound babyish at all to most people (like Mary, Emily, Amy, etc. that you listed). My own daughter's name is like that, so I don't have any problem per se with names ending in the "ee" sound. But Lexi IS traditionally a nickname for longer names, and so I think it looks young and/or informal to most people. To me, it sounds like naming your kid Timmy, Robbie, Joey, Jimmy, Mikey, Davey, or something--those are cute on a little boy, but a grown-up should be able to decide if he or she always wants to go by something that sounds so informal. And honestly, Lexi is much more cutesy to me than some other nicknames, like Heidi, Jackie, and Julie that you mentioned. Lexi rhymes with sexy, so it can kind of sound like a "stripper name", and can lend itself to teasing in teenage years, etc., or just not being taken seriously in professional life. On a little girl, I think it can be adorable, but I'd want her to have Alexis or something like that to turn to if she felt it fitted her better later.
 

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While I agree that the "ee" sound at the end doesn't equal infantile (I'm a Mary) I think the combination of the x and ee sound is what makes it sound less than grown up to me.<br><br>
Also, I would hope your last name doesn't sound anything like Luthor. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">2xy, I don't think that's exactly the issue here. Many names ending with an "ee" sound ARE full, traditional names, and for that reason they don't sound babyish at all to most people (like Mary, Emily, Amy, etc. that you listed). My own daughter's name is like that, so I don't have any problem per se with names ending in the "ee" sound. But Lexi IS traditionally a nickname for longer names, and so I think it looks young and/or informal to most people. To me, it sounds like naming your kid Timmy, Robbie, Joey, Jimmy, Mikey, Davey, or something--those are cute on a little boy, but a grown-up should be able to decide if he or she always wants to go by something that sounds so informal. And honestly, Lexi is much more cutesy to me than some other nicknames, like Heidi, Jackie, and Julie that you mentioned. Lexi rhymes with sexy, so it can kind of sound like a "stripper name", and can lend itself to teasing in teenage years, etc., or just not being taken seriously in professional life. On a little girl, I think it can be adorable, but I'd want her to have Alexis or something like that to turn to if she felt it fitted her better later.</div>
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I agree with all of the above. Lexi is a very cutesie nickname in the way that plenty of other -ee names aren't. The i on the end lends to that cutsieness, I think: words in English tend not to end in a simple i, and while some boys names from other traditions (namely Hebrew, also from some Indian languages) ending in i have become popular in the US, that isn't so much the case with girls names. So a girl's name that does sticks out as being truncated and somewhat juvenile. There was a fad in the 70s of naming girls things usually ending with y with an i (I went to school with a Brandi and a Cindi), but I think that trend is over.<br><br>
And I have, on other boards where people discuss names, heard the sexy thing as an issue. I know that any name can be made fun of, but this one is kind of an easy target. Apparently, there are a few porn stars named Lexi and it has something of a reputation. I don't think that matters on a little girl and I think it's a cute nickname, and I knew a few Lexis growing up and the name doesn't have those connotations for me personally. But it's not a nickname that I would make a child's formal name for life.
 
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