Celebrity baby name: Sam Alexis

Tiger Woods and his wife Elin welcomed their first baby yesterday morning — a little girl they named Sam Alexis. Here is part of a message Tiger left on his web site:

Elin and I are delighted to announce the birth of our daughter, Sam Alexis Woods. Sam was born early Monday morning, June 18th. Both Elin and Sam are doing well and resting peacefully.

I find it interesting that they decided on two fairly gender-neutral names for their daughter.

Sam originated as a nickname for longer monikers such as Samuel and Samantha. Sam by itself has never ranked among the top 1,000 baby girl names in the United States, but it has been among the top names for boys for well over a century.

Alexis can be traced back to a Greek word meaning “helper, defender.” Unlike Sam, this name has been extremely popular for baby girls the past few decades. Alexis is also quite common among baby boys.

Neither Sam nor Alexis ranked among top 100 Swedish baby names in 2006.

What do you think about the name Sam Alexis: Love it? Hate it? So-so?

Update (8/19) – According to today’s Parade Magazine:

The name Sam is a nod to the golfer’s late dad, Earl, who often called Tiger “Sam.”

2 thoughts on “Celebrity baby name: Sam Alexis

  1. Actually a great name, sounds good and very cute for a little girl who is bound to be good looking. The Alexis softens the name, and she has quite a few non-nicknames to go by…both or just Sam or just Alexis. Once again Tiger surprises us. I thought she’d be Earlene for his father, but that is in no way a name for a 21st century kid.

  2. I had that same thought — that her name (or more likely her middle name) would be some sort of play on the name Earl. I guess not, though. :)

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