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What does Xander mean?

Xander [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.

Associated with: greek, defender.


Xander has 2 variants: Xan and Xandro.

Related boy name: Sander.

Xander has 13 more related forms via Alexander: Alcander, Iskander, Sander, Sandero, Sandie, Sandor, Sandro, Sandy, Saunder, Saunders, Sikander, Zander and Zandro.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Xaner, Xanes, ..

(female) Xanderna, Xanera, ..

How popular is Xander?

Xander is an uncommonly occurring given name for males but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#56826 out of 150436, Top 38%). (2000 U.S. Census)


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

Charted below is the baby name popularity of Xander for boys. Xander was first listed in 1998 and reached its apex position of #205 in the U.S. in the year 2011, and is at #211 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Xander name in U.S.

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

Alexander (#8 from recent data), Zander (#246), Sandro, Sandor and Sandy are the prominent alternative forms of Xander (#211 from recent data) rated in the Top 2000. These relations of Xander were popular as baby names 5 years ago (usage of 1.1%) and are almost as common today (usage 1%, 7%), but with the version Sandy going out of style. Alexander has historically been a favorite of parents, though Zander has become popular as well.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Xander, Alexander, Sandor, Sandro, Sandy, 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 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, Sanders, Sandey, Tandey, Tanier, Tanner, Vander, Walder, Xandros, Xavier and Ysander (see Isandro). These names tend to be more commonly used than Xander.