The name Alexis is of Russian origin. Alexis comes from the same root as the name Alexander. It is derived from the Greek word ‘alexin’, which translates to ‘protect’, ‘to defend’. Thus, the meaning of Alexis is ‘to defend’, ‘ward off’, ‘helper’. A notable person to share this name is Alexis Bledel who is famously known for her role as Rory Gilmore in the popular television series, 'Gilmore Girls'.