Can I use Al as a reduction of the name Alexander?
Is this reduction clear to native English speakers?
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Al is used as a contraction of Alexander, and also of Alan and other names.
Alexander is sometimes contracted to Alex, Lex or Xander.
As a rule, I wouldn't contract any name until I've heard the contraction used by someone else for the person in question — preferably that person themselves. What one person of that name might be happy with, another might detest.
It depends on "where" and "how" you use it.
If you are dealing with someone you know for example, Al might be appropriate, though a bit unusual (normally one would use Alex). I would suggest if this is the case that you ask the person which they prefer.
However, if, let's say, you are writing a book, you would want to avoid using "Al" for Alexander as it's not a very common contraction of the name (so it would "feel strange" to a reader. On the flip side, you're free as a writer to choose to call someone whatever you like ;).