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What does Zander mean?

Zander Pronunciation of Zander [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.

Associated with: greek, defender.


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

Related boy name: Sander.

13 more relations via Alexander, Sandy: Alcander, Iskander, Sander, Sandero, Sandey, Sandie, Sandor, Sandro, Sandy, Saunder, Saunders, Sikander and Xander.

Creative forms:
(male) Zader, ..

(female) Zande, Zanze, ..

Middle name pairings:
Zander Dion (Z.D.), ..

How popular is Zander?

Zander is an uncommonly occurring first name for males but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#7099 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Zander entered the list in 1998 and reached its highest rank of #230 in the U.S. in the year 2013, and is at #249 presently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular variation forms of Zander (#249 in 2015) are Alexander (#8 in 2015), Xander (#207), Sandro, Sandor and Sandy. Other forms, like Saunders, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Zander was widespread 6 years ago (usage of 1.1%) and is almost as conventional today (usage 0.9%, 11%), but with the version Sandy becoming somewhat outmoded. Xander, Zander and Alexander are three of the more fashionable birth names in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Zander, Alexander, Sandor, Sandro, Sandy, Xander in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Zander is pronounced similarly to Sender. Other recommended 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, Tandey, Tanier, Tanner, Vander, Walder, Ysander (see Isandro), Zaheer, Zane, Zavier and Zindel. These names tend to be more commonly used than Zander.

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