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What does Sander mean?

Sander /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 11 more relations via Alexander: Alcander, Iskander, Sandero, Sandie, Sandro, Sandros, Sandy, Saunder, Saunders, Sikander and Zandro.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Sanders, Sonder, ..

(female) Sanderra, Sanderri, ..

How popular is Sander?

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Alexander (#8 in recent rankings), Xander (#211), Zander (#246), Sandro, Sandor and Sandy are the popular variation forms of Sander (outside Top 2000). These forms of Sander were at the height of their popularity 5 years ago (usage of 1.1%) and are almost as common today (usage 1%, 6.8%), but with the form Sandy becoming somewhat outmoded. Xander, Zander and Alexander are three of the more fashionable boy names here. Below is a charted analysis of the statistics of Sander and associated names. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alexander, Sandor, Sandro, Sandy, Xander, Zander in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Suggested similar names are Ander, Balder, Banner, Brander, Calder, Ender, Evander, Haider, Hayder, Isander, Jader, Landen, Lander, Landers, Landor, Lanier, Leander, Liander, Linder, Mandel, Nader, Neander, Randel, Randey, Ranger, Ranier, Rayder, Saber, Saddler, Sadler, Sandberg, Sanders, Sanderson, Sandey, Sante, Santee, Sawyer, Sayer, Shandey (see Shandy), Snider, Snyder, Spider, Spyder, Tandey, Tanier, Tanner, Vander, Walder and Ysander (see Isandro). These names tend to be more frequently used than Sander.