Anders is a distinguished baby name for boys. Deeply rooted in classical antiquity, this name variation brings Scandinavian flair to any setting. Anders “Ders” Holmvik is the name of a character in the Workaholics series, and Anders Du Plessis is a character in the Wild at Heart series. Keep reading to learn more about this name.

Meaning of the name Anders:

Greek: Manly, masculine, strong

Origin of the name Anders:

Anders is the Scandinavian version of the name of Andreas. The name Andreas is a transcription of the Greek spelling Ἀνδρέας. This name derives from the Old Greek word ἀνδρεῖος (andreios) and means “manly,” “masculine,” or “strong.”

Symbolism of the name Anders:

Anders is the Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish version of Andreas (meaning “manly,” “masculine,” or “strong”). The English variation of the name is Andrew. In European culture, the symbol of Andrew is the crux decussata or saltire (also known as St. Andrew's cross).

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Gender of the name Anders:

Anders is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Anders:


Number of syllables in the name Anders:


Emotion evoked from the name Anders:

The name Anders evokes feelings of action and advancement.

Alternative spellings for the name Anders:

Nicknames for the name Anders:

  • Andy
  • Andi
  • Der
  • Derry

Popularity of the name Anders:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Anders was the 884th most popular baby name for boys in 2021.

Related names for the name Anders:

Great middle names for Anders and their meanings:

  • Alistair (defender of men)
  • Björn (bear, ursine(
  • Bram (father of multitudes)
  • Callahan (bright-haired)
  • Dmitri (follower of Demeter)
  • Enoch (dedicated, trained, disciplined)
  • Ivar (archer, bowman, soldier)
  • Jonas (dove, pigeon)
  • Karl (free man, strong, virile, petite)
  • Leif (son, heir, descendant)
  • Ogden (oak valley)
  • Sven (boy, lad, young man, young warrior)
  • Thorin (thunder, brave man, daring one)
  • Vidar (wide ruler, silent deity, forest fighter)

Famous people with the name Anders:

  • Anders Olav Aalborg (politician)
  • Anders Jonas Ångström (physicist)
  • Anders Ploug Boesen (badminton player)
  • Anders Christian “Ders” Holm (actor)
  • Anders Per Järryd (tennis player)
  • Anders Karl Gustaf Linderoth (footballer)
  • Anders Fogh Rasmussen (politician)
  • Anders Reyn Ribeiro (son of actor Alfonso Ribeiro)
  • Anders Erikson Sparrman (abolitionist)
  • Anders Ivar Sven Wijkman (politician)
  • Anders Leonard Zorn (painter)

Anders in popular culture:

  • Anders “Ders” Holmvik (character in the Workaholics series)
  • Anders Du Plessis (character in the Wild at Heart series)