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Andy vs. nickname for Alexander

hey guys im naming my kid alexander but HATE alex and please dont say "don’t name him alexander if u don’t like alex" cuz its staying. But i like andy wat do u think??

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Name Votes
Andy Gillespie 33% (1 votes)
Nickname for alexand Gillespie 67% (2 votes)


People will always think his name is Andrew if he goes by Andy. You can always just call him Alexander with no nn. I know a kid who goes by that. Or how about Xander as a nn?
posted by guest :: 2008-08-23 19:33:51 | report
My cousin is Alexander and noone would ever think of calling him Alex. I think ALexander with no nn is great. You can call him whatever you want, but other than both starting with A, Alexander and Andy don’t have a lot in common.
posted by guest :: 2008-08-23 19:37:18 | report
do you also dislike the nn Alec for Alexander?
posted by guest :: 2008-08-23 19:38:02 | report
It’s plausible. I mean, girls named Alexandra go by Andy, Sandra and Sacha. However, Zander/Xander is always an option (My name is Alexandra and I don’t like the name Alex, either. My favorite boy name - sadly - is Alexander). Sanders/Sander also? Alexis was an old name for Alexander but now that’s kind of out of the question.
posted by guest :: 2008-08-23 19:38:47 | report
Although most people will assume his name is Andrew, I think Andy works as a nn for Alexander. I also like Zander.
posted by guest :: 2008-08-23 19:42:43 | report
What about Lex?
posted by guest :: 2008-08-23 21:11:18 | report
What middle name are you thinking of? Another option would be to use his initials as a nn (ie. AJ).
Although Andy would suprise people as a nn for Alexander, I don’t see it as being an impossible jump. I think there are other options that you may want to consider if you haven’t already though. . .
posted by guest :: 2008-08-23 21:29:13 | report
Xander (pronounced Zander) is a common nickname (for alexander) as well as common first name
posted by guest :: 2008-08-24 02:45:38 | report
well that’s what i’m gonna say sorry, if you name your kid Alexander, when he goes to school he’s most likely gonna get called Alex whether you like it or not, unless you give him the nn Xander or Zander, if you give him the nn Andy people will think his name is Andrew but i can see where you’re getting it from, if that’s what you want to do then do it, but people will always think your kid is called Andrew and not Alexander, but i don’t think it’s too much of a problem so if that’s what you want to do then go for it
posted by guest :: 2008-08-24 07:49:28 | report

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