English spelling of a Russian pet form of Alexander and Alexandra. It has been used in the English-speaking world as an independent name, introduced in the 20th century via France. Use as a girl's name in the English-speaking world is encouraged by the characteristically feminine -a ending.
Dutch: 1. nickname from Middle Dutch hart, hert ‘hard’, ‘strong’, ‘headstrong’, ‘unruly’, preceded by the definite article de. 2. occupational name for a herdsman, Middle Dutch harde, herde, with the addition of the definite article de.