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- proper n. A male given name, shortened form of Alexander.
- proper n. A female given name, short form of Alexandra or the female name Alexis, or a spelling variant of Alix.
Short form of Alexander, from Latin Alexander, from Ancient Greek Ἀλέξανδρος (Aléxandros) 'he who wards off men', i.e. protector, possibly of Hittite origin; and from Alexius, from the same Ancient Greek root, alexios "helping, defending". These two origins of Alex are indistinguishable in most languages. (Wiktionary)