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Meaning and Name Origin

Xander \x(a)-nder, xan-der\ as a boys' name is pronounced ZAN-der. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Xander is "man's defender". Short form of Alexander.


Xander has 2 variants: Xan and Xandro.

For more on this name, see also the related boy name Sander.

Xander has 20 more related forms via Alexander: Alaster, Alaxander, Alcander, Alcinder, Alisander, Iskander, Iskender, Sander, Sandero, Sandie, Sandor, Sandro, Sandros, Sandy, Saunder, Saunders, Sikander, Zander, Zandro and Zandros.


Xander is an uncommonly occurring given name for males but a somewhat prominent surname for both adults and children (#75971 out of 88799, Top 86%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the baby name popularity of Xander for boys. Xander was first listed in 1999 and reached its apex position of #205 in the U.S. in the year 2011, and is at #211 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Xander name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the boy name Xander and associated names. Prominent alternative forms of Xander (#211 last year) rated in the Top 1000 are Alexander (#8 last year), Zander (#246) and Sandy. These boy names were at the height of their popularity in 2013 and have remained as popular to this day, but with the version Sandy becoming less in vogue. Zander (#246), Xander (#211) and Alexander (#8) are three of the more trendy baby names here, with Alexander having a rekindling in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

Xander is alike in pronunciation to Sender. Other suggested similar baby names are Lander and Vander. Like Xander, these names are not commonly used.