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Maria_Pavlovna

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Nickname Lex?
« on: December 12, 2004, 08:15:43 PM »
IN the Anastasia Pictures, there was a picture of Alexei with his mother and sisters- Anastasia and Maria.

I write: Lex looks so cute here. :-*

Olga: Lex? :-/

Me: Lex, is my nickname for Tsarevitch Alexei Nikolaivitch, I hope all  don't mind.

Michelle: Don't worry Maria P - we don't mind. ;) :)

Nicholaievna: It a cute nickname.



What all of you thing of my nickname for Alexei? to me "Lex"  soulds more today and in english, i supose.

Maria_Romanov_fan

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Re: Nickname Lex?
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2004, 08:21:11 PM »
Yes, I do think "Lex" is more modern. I think the tsarvitch thinks it is better thank "Sunshine" or "Baby"!

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Re: Nickname Lex?
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2004, 08:45:15 PM »
The Heir himself would have been more used to hearing within the family circle the standard Russian diminutives for 'Alexei' (Aleksei, Alexey):

Alyosha, Alyoshka, Alyoshenka, Alyoshechka; Lyosha et al as well as just plain Lyosh; Lyolya; Alyochka; and there is also a derogatory form I cannot imagine being applied to the Tsarevich; Lyoshok.

The use of 'Alex' in Russia specifically as a short form of Alexei was not unknown in the 1940's.

He was more apt to be addressed as 'Alexei Nikolaevich' by those given permission to do so,  presumably pronounced 'Alexei Nikolay'ich'.

'Lex' is modern, affectionate in its own way, and even sweet, but the Heir himself would never have imagined such a nickname.

Dubbing the youngest member of the family 'Baby' is a common Russian practice, however -- it is not unheard of for folks in their twenties to be referred to in those terms to this day, so Alexei Nikolaevich was not alone.  Can anyone actually cite an historical reference to the Tsarevich not liking the nicknames his parents gave him?
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Maria_Romanov_fan

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Re: Nickname Lex?
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2004, 08:54:35 PM »
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 Can anyone actually cite an historical reference to the Tsarevich not liking the nicknames his parents gave him?


Sorry, I read that in
Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess by Carolyn Meyer.
I don't know how historicly correct it was.  ???
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Maria_Pavlovna

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Re: Nickname Lex?
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2004, 08:59:31 PM »
But i'm not Russian, so I really don't know all the nicknames for "Alexei" .

But do you think he'll would do if someone addressed him " Lex"  ( if that person was allowed to give him a nickname of ther own), instand of Alexei Nikolaivitch?

Will he be shocked?

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Maria_Romanov_fan

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Re: Nickname Lex?
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2004, 09:06:25 PM »
I don't think so. He might look at you strangly, or he might get a chuckle out of it! :D

Maria_Pavlovna

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Re: Nickname Lex?
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2004, 09:11:12 PM »
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I don't think so. He might look at you strangly, or he might get a chuckle out of it! :D



LOL!! that funny.  :P ;D

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Re: Nickname Lex?
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2004, 10:10:44 PM »
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But do you think he'll would do if someone addressed him " Lex"  ( if that person was allowed to give him a nickname of ther own), instand of Alexei Nikolaivitch?

Will he be shocked?



It'd be strange.

Annie

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Re: Nickname Lex?
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2004, 06:13:58 AM »
Didn't he have some kind of silly nickname like 'Oishka' or something?

Maria_Pavlovna

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« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2004, 04:15:02 PM »
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Didn't he have some kind of silly nickname like 'Oishka' or something?



Alexei's nicknames by his parents were: Baby, Sunshine and Sunbeam ( the last ones seem the same).


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Re: Nickname Lex?
« Reply #10 on: December 16, 2004, 06:48:15 PM »
"Oishka". Maybe this is a mistake for "solnishko" (Sunshine) :)

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« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2005, 06:39:32 AM »
Wasn't Alexei nicknamed Alix at some point?

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« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2005, 07:35:12 AM »
I think you're getting him and the Tsarina confused.  ;) Alexandra was sometimes called Alix.

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« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2005, 02:30:59 PM »
Alix was the Tsaritsa's name before she became Orthodox. After that her name was Aleksandra, but the Tsar often wrote about her and referred to her as Alix throughout their lives together. She was called Alix rather than Alice (after her mother), because Princess Alice hated the way the Germans mispronounced her name.

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Re: Nickname Lex?
« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2005, 03:51:57 PM »
Sorry -- I don't like it. Alexei would never have been called "Lex." His nicknames were Baby, Sunshine, and as he got older, the Russian Alyosha.