Stephen vs. Alexander?

[name]Stephen[/name] [name]Collins[/name] or [name]Alexander[/name] [name]Collins[/name]
I really like both but each one has a small problem; people would just call [name]Alexander[/name], [name]Alex[/name] for simplicity but [name]Alex[/name] sounds very feminine and much less masculine that [name]Alexander[/name], [name]Stephen[/name] has two spellings and it is mainly a religious christian name.
What do you think?

While I agree that [name]Alexander[/name] will get shortened to [name]Alex[/name], I still prefer [name]Alex[/name]/[name]Alexander[/name] to [name]Stephen[/name]/[name]Steven[/name]/[name]Steve[/name].

[name]Alexander[/name], definitely. [name]How[/name] do you feel about [name]Xander[/name] as a nn? You can preempt [name]Alex[/name] if you choose a different one (although I like [name]Alex[/name] too, so ymmv)

Though I like both, I’m very partial to [name]Alexander[/name].


I love the name [name]Stephen[/name]. Only thing in your case, is I think of the actor [name]Stephen[/name] [name]Collins[/name] (the dad on Seventh [name]Heaven[/name], Tales of the [name]Gold[/name] Monkey…). Not a bad thing, but just happens to be my first thought.

I love [name]Stephen[/name]!

[name]Alexander[/name] definitely would get my vote. [name]Stephen[/name] is alright, I’m very mediocre about it. But [name]Alexander[/name] has a very noble, intelligent vibe to it.


I prefer [name]Alexander[/name] too, you could go with [name]Lex[/name] or [name]Xander[/name] for a nn.

I’m going to play devil’s advocate and vote for [name]Stephen[/name]. I love them equally, but because [name]Alexander[/name] is soooo popular, I would rather meet a baby [name]Stephen[/name] today. It’s a solid name and sounds as strong and attractive as [name]Alexander[/name]. But with either of these, you really are in control of whether people use a nickname. I know an adult [name]Alexander[/name] who only goes by his full name. Nobody every calls him [name]Alex[/name] because he’s made it clear that he doesn’t respond to it. You can teach your child that his name is his full name only. Good luck!

[name]Love[/name] [name]Stephen[/name]! My eldest son’s middle name. The name means “crown” which is awesome. I think it’d be easier to be [name]Stephen[/name] and not [name]Steve[/name] than [name]Alexander[/name] and not have a nickname though both would be possible. Another possibility to think about to is that my nephew is an [name]Alexander[/name] who goes by [name]Anders[/name].

I would rather meet a baby [name]Stephen[/name], although honestly I prefer [name]Alexander[/name]. [name]Alex[/name] is really, really overdone though. What about [name]Xan[/name] or [name]Xander[/name]?

Au contrair, mon ami, I usually go by [name]Steve[/name] but my formal is spelled [name]Stephen[/name], I’ve resarched my name up and down the internet and there are plenty of sites that are enforcing the both pronunciations of the name ebabynames,thinkbabynames and behind the name are all enforcing the name is pronouced both ways as Like the [name]Steven[/name] “Stee-ven” or because of the way it looks [name]Stephen[/name] “[name]STEF[/name]-en” I have been adressed as “[name]STEF[/name]-en” and it has made feel weird but I have to think back to what my 9th grade teacher told Me when another peer was calling Me “[name]STEF[/name]-en” the teacher replied "It is pronounced [name]BOTH[/name] ways! You can even inro Yourself as either and when if you should write your formal out on a waiting list You may wind up being adressed “[name]STEF[/name]-en”
In that [name]Case[/name] since my middle intial is E icould read “[name]STEF[/name]-en” E it could sound like [name]Stephanie[/name]. For quite a while it seemed to be a percentage of pronunciation but it has become pretty equal now. If my name is read like “[name]STEF[/name]-en” it’s been spelled out as [name]Stephan[/name].
There was a picture that I took when I was about 19 with a grown out brush cut I posed with a kind of gay looking smile or due to my lack of dating I was living rather one-some in my teens because of that I could really see myself as a [name]Stephan[/name] there. That’s what my perception of a “[name]STEF[/name]-en” is.

[name]Alexander[/name] is my favorite!

I like [name]Alexander[/name] better. If you don’t like [name]Alex[/name], you could always go with [name]Alek[/name]/[name]Alec[/name] or [name]Xander[/name]/[name]Zander[/name].

I love both but [name]Alexander[/name] is my preference! :slight_smile:

[name]Stephen[/name]! I love it! I really like [name]Alexander[/name] as well, but I feel like its had its hay day already.