A names, Female, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes


Alexis is an Ancient Greek male name which comes from Ancient Greek alexis meaning “helper, defender”. It was the name of several Ancient Greek figures, including a character in Virgil‘s Eclogue II, who was the beloved of the character Corydon. In Greek mythology, a young man named Alexis was in love with a young woman, Meliboea, who also loved him, but her parents had already betrothed her to another man. On her wedding day, Meliboea tried to kill herself by jumping off the roof but was unhurt, so she escaped to the seashore, found a boat, and the ropes somehow loosened on their own. The boat led her straight to where Alexis was dining with some friends, reuniting the lovers, and they dedicated two temples to the goddess Aphrodite.

Alexis later became popular as a female name in the United States. Alexis is also a surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Alexia (French, English)
  • Alexus (English)
  • Alexina (English)
  • Alesia (English)
  • Alessia (Italian)


Male forms:

  • Alessio (Italian)
  • Alexius (Latinized Ancient Greek)
  • Alexios (Ancient Greek)
  • Aleksei (Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian)
  • Aleksey (Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian)
  • Alexei (Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian)
  • Alexey (Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian)
  • Aliaksei (Belarusian)
  • Aleix (Catalan)
  • Alyosha (Russian diminutive of Aleksey)
  • Aljoša (Slovene and Croatian form of Alyosha)
  • Alexej (Czech, Slovak)
  • Aleksi (Finnish)
  • Aleixo (Galician, Portuguese)
  • Alejo (Spanish)
  • Elek (Hungarian)
  • Aleksy (Polish)
  • Alekej (Slovene)
  • Oleksiy (Ukrainian)
  • Olexiy (Ukrainian)
  • Aleksa (Serbian)


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