X has long been one of my favouritest letters, since it’s so rare. Getting a chance to use an X word or name is like finding a needle in a haystack, so why not seize the opportunity as often as one can?
Most names ending in X seem to be male, but there are a few female names too.
Lux means “light” in Latin. This is also a rare, exclusively masculine, German nickname for Lukas.
Pax means “peace” in Latin, after the goddess of peace.
Iynx is pronounced “inks.” She was an Arcadian Oreiad nymph, the child of Echo and Pan, and was the one who caused all the trouble with Io. Iynx cast a spell on Zeus to make him fall for Io and cheat on Hera yet again. Enraged, Hera turned her into what is now known as the iynx bird, a Eurasian wryneck. This bird is a symbol of passionate, restless love.
In another version of Iynx’s story, she was the daughter of Pieros, King of Emathia, Macedonia. Iynx was turned into a bird after she and her sisters dared to enter a musical contest against the Muses. In bird form, Aphrodite then gave her to Jason, who used Iynx as a love charm to win the love of Medea (whom he later two-timed).
Jinx is the Latin and English form of Iynx. The original English spelling is Jynx.
Alix (birth name of the infamous Empress Aleksandra of Russia, who deserves more pity than hatred for the course her sad life took)
Nyx means “night” in Greek. She was one of the primordial deities, those who sprung from the void of Chaos. Nyx created many other primordial deities, such as Hypnos (Sleep), Aether (Ether), Thanatos (Death), Eris (Discord), and Hemera (Day).
Arax comes from the Armenian river Aras. Variants include Araxie and Araksi.
Margaux is a variation of Margot, a French nickname for Marguerite.
Max (I hate how trendy it’s gotten!)
Ajax (always adored this name!)
Felix (such a cute name, and yet also ages well)
Rex (another longtime favourite)
Jax (I strongly prefer to see this as a nickname for Jackson, not a full name in its own right)
Lex (also most strongly prefer as a nickname)
Pollux is the Latin form of the Greek Polydeukes, “very sweet,” from roots polys (much) and deukes (sweet). He famously appears in Greek mythology as the twin brother of Castor, from Zeus’s mating with Lida in swan form. The constellation Gemini, which represents these twins, contains a star named Pollux.
Croix means “cross” in French.