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Xander is a Greek name meaning “defending man” and is the diminutive of the name Alexander. Xander is a modern name that jumped to the top 250 baby boy names in 2003. Xander is a unique alternative to its classic counterpart.

Meaning of the name Xander:

Greek: defending man

Origin of the name Xander:

Xander is a Greek baby name meaning “defending man”. Xander is the diminutive of the name Alexander.

Symbolism of the name Xander:

With a meaning like “defending man” symbolism of the valiant knight qith sword and shield in hand is sure to follow.

baby name Xander

Style of the name Xander:

modern

Gender of the name Xander:

Xander is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Xander:

ZAN-dər (English), SAN-dər (Dutch), KSAN-dər (Dutch)

Number of syllables in the name Xander:

two

Emotion evoked from the name Xander:

Xander evokes feelings of uniqueness and creativity.

Alternative spellings for the name Xander:

Zander, Sander

Nicknames for the name Xander:

Popularity of the name Xander:

According to the Social Security Administration, Xander is a boy’s name that first appeared in the top 1000 names in 1999. It peaked at #164 in 2017.

Related names for the name Xander:

Great middle names for the name Xander and their meanings:

  • Flynn (son of the red-haired one)
  • Felix (happy, fortunate)
  • Miles (soldier or merciful)
  • Elijah (Yahweh is God)
  • Benjamin (son of the right hand)
  • Oliver (olive tree)
  • Theodore (gift of God)
  • Sebastian (person from ancient city of Sebastia)
  • Hugo (mind, intellect)
  • August (great, magnificent)

Famous people with the name Xander:

  • Xander Corvus (American actor)
  • Xander Theodore Shanxi Kostroma (Welsh fashion designer)
  • Xander Parish (English ballet dancer)
  • Xander Rawlins (British singer-songwriter)
  • Xander Yan Bogaerts (Aruban baseball player)

Xanders in popular culture:

  • Xander Harris (television, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”)
  • Xander Carrow (literature, Matched trilogy by Ally Condie)
  • Xander (video game, “Fire Emblem: Fates”)
  • Xander Hale (Addicted Series)
  • Xander Cage (film, Vin Diesel’s xXx franchise)