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Meaning and Name Origin

Zander \z(a)-nder, zan-der\ as a boys' name is pronounced ZAN-der. It is of Slavic and Greek origin, and the meaning of Zander is "man's defender". Short form of Alexander. Also a German Yiddish name. See also Sandy.


Zander has 4 variants: Zan, Zandro, Zandros and Zann.

For more information, see also the related boy name Sander.

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


Zander is an uncommonly occurring first name for males but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#7927 out of 88799, Top 9%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Presented below is the baby name popularity of Zander for boys. Zander entered the list in 2000 and reached its highest rank of #230 in the U.S. in the year 2013, and is at #246 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Zander and related names. Popular variation forms of Zander (#246 in 2014) listed in the Top 1000 are Alexander (#8 in 2014), Xander (#211) and Sandy. Usage of these boy names was at its apex in 2013 and has remained as widespread to this day, but with the version Sandy becoming less stylish. Zander (#246), Xander (#211) and Alexander (#8) are three of the more fashionable birth names in this list, with Alexander going through a rebound 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

Zander is pronounced similarly to Sender. Other recommended similar baby names are Lander and Vander. Like Zander, these names are not commonly used.