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What does Sander mean?

Sander \s(a)-nder, san-der\ as a boys' name is of German and Greek origin, and the meaning of Sander is "man's defender". Variant of Alexander. The name is used in Europe.


Sander has 6 variants: Sandino, Sandor, Sender, Xan, Xander and Zander.

Sander has 20 more related variations via Alexander: Alaster, Alaxander, Alcander, Alcinder, Alisander, Iskander, Iskender, Sacha, Sandero, Sandie, Sandro, Sandros, Sandy, Sascha, Sasha, Saunder, Saunders, Sikander, Zandro and Zandros.


Sander is an unusual given name for men but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#3726 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Alexander (#8 in 2014), Xander (#211), Zander (#246) and Sandy are the popular variation forms of Sander (#unlisted). These boy names were at the height of their popularity in the year 2013 (usage of 0.6358%) and have remained as popular to this day (usage 0.6338%, down 0.3%), but with the form Sandy becoming less stylish. Zander (#246), Xander (#211) and Alexander (#8) are three of the more fashionable boy names here, with Alexander having a revival in popularity. Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of Sander and associated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Alexander, Sandy, Xander, Zander in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alexander outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Lander, Sanders, Sandey, Snider, Snyder and Vander. Like Sander, these names are not frequently used.