Etymology of Alexandra Road

Etymology of Alexandra Road

Alex Residences—occasionally also referred to as Alexandra Residences—is named because it is located in Alexandra View, right next to Alexandra Road. The road probably derives its name from Princess Alexandra, a member of the British royal family and the youngest daughter of King George V and Queen Mary.

The word “alexandra” itself is of Greek origin, and it is a romanisation of the Greek name alexandros. Composed of the Greek words alexein (defender or protector) and andros (man), the name can be roughly translated to mean defender of man or protector of man. The name is also a title that is regularly associated with Hera, the Greek goddess of marriage, women and fertility. Hera is the wife of Zeus, who is well-known as the king of the Greek gods. As a title, the word “alexandra” carried the meaning of “the one who comes to save warriors”.

“Alexandra” is the feminine form of the name “alexander”, a name that most people would associate with Alexander the Great. A king of Macedon and a well-known military commander, Alexander the Great was famous for creating one of the largest empires of the ancient world (stretching across most of Europe all the way to the Himalayas). As he was undefeated in battle, Alexander the Great is considered one of history’s most successful commanders.

Due to the regal nature of the name, many rulers across time—from days of antiquity to the modern era—have names or derivations of the name “alexandra”. The name is most commonly seen in Greece, Rome, Scotland, British and Russian royalty, and also in the Catholic church as the name of several Popes.

While knowing the meaning and origin of the words that make up Alex Residences will not make your property prices rise, it is an interesting read that will hopefully be something interesting you can tell your friends or family about over a relaxing meal on Friday night.

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