What does Saunders mean?
Saunders [saun-ders] as a boys' name is of Greek and Middle English derivation, and Saunders means "man's defender, warrior; son of Alexander". Saunders is a version of Alexander (Greek). Saunders is also a derivative of Sanders (Middle English).
(female) Middle name pairings:
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How popular is Saunders?
Saunders is an uncommon given name for males but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#439 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Which version is better?with its source forms and related boy names. Alexander (#8 from recent data), Sanders, Sandor, Sandro, Xander (#207) and Zander (#249) are the prominent varying forms of Saunders (not ranked) rated in the Top 2000. Other variants, like Sandros, are seldom used. These forms of Saunders reached the top of their popularity in the year 2009 (usage of 1.1%) and are almost as common today (usage 0.9%, 11% less). Alexander has been the most well-known version, although Zander appears to be getting popular too. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
Similar NamesRecommended names are Anders▲, Caulder, Flinders, Gunners (see Gunther), Lander, Landers, Saber, Saddler, Sadler, Sanborn, Sanburn, Sancos, Sandberg, Sandbergh (see Sandberg), Sandborn, Sandburg, Sandey, Sandford, Sandfurd, Sandhirst (see Sandhurst), Sandhurst, Sandie, Sandiego, Sandino, Sandy▼, Sanford▼, Sanjiro, Sante, Santee, Santos▲, Saulsbery, Sauncho, Sauveur, Saviero, Sawyer▲, Sayer, Sayers, Sayres, Sellers, Sender, Shandey (see Shandy), Shaundre, Shubert, Sikander, Skinner, Skuyler, Snider, Snyder, Somers, Sommers, Southern, Speers, Spencer▼, Spenser▼, Spider, Spiers, Spyder, Squier, Squiers, Squires, Squyres, Stanbery, Stanmere (see Stanmore), Stannes (see Stanislaus), Stoner, Stones, Struthers, Sudbery (see Sudbury), Sumner, Sunney, Vander and Winters. These names tend to be more frequently used than Saunders.See names in meaning and etymology.