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What does Xander mean?

Xander Pronunciation of 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.

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

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

(female) Xanera, ..

Middle name pairings:
Xander Noel (X.N.), ..

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)

Xander was first listed in 1998 and reached its apex position of #205 in the U.S. in the year 2011, and is at #207 currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Alexander (#8 from recent data), Zander (#249), Sandro, Sandor and Sandy are the prominent alternative forms of Xander (#207 from recent data) rated in the Top 2000. These relations of Xander were popular as baby names 6 years ago (usage of 1.1%) and are almost as common today (usage 0.9%, 11%), 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.

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