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.
Spanish: 1. habitational name from any of numerous places named Soto or El Soto, from soto ‘grove’, ‘small wood’ (Latin saltus). 2. Castilianized spelling of Asturian-Leonese Sotu, a habitational name from a town so named in Asturies. 3. Castilianized spelling of the Galician equivalent, Souto.