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Zander comes from the Greek name Alexander; it is the shortened version of it and is a bit more modern. It has come to stand on its own as a name and is no longer considered a nickname, or by-product of a longer name. It gives off an air of uniqueness for those who get the name. Keep reading to find out more about this baby name.

Meaning of the name Zander:

Greek: Defender of man

Origin of the name Zander:

Greek. Zander is the diminutive of the Greek name Alexander. The meaning “defender of man” was influenced by Alexander the Great who, in the fourth century BC, protected the Macedonian Empire.

Symbolism of the name Zander:

“Defender of man” symbolizes strength, protection, and the desire to do better and raise those around you.

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Style of the name Zander:

Classic

Gender of the name Zander:

Zander is often considered the diminutive form of Alexander, therefore it's a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Zander:

ZAN-der

Syllables in the name Zander:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Zander:

The name zan-der evokes a feeling of valiance and worthiness.

Alternative spellings for the name Zander:

Xander

Nicknames for the name Zander:

Zan, Xan, Zando, Zann

Popularity of the name Zander:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Zander was the 280th most popular boy name in 2020. It has ranked in the top 400 boy names since 2003, peaking at 230th in 2013.

Related names for the name Zander:

Sandero, Sandor, Sanders, Saunder, Xander

Great middle names for Zander and their meanings:

  • Archer (bowman)
  • Calix (very handsome)
  • Ferris (“(A man of) iron,” from the Latin ferrum, iron)
  • Kade (from the wetlands)
  • Paxton (Poecc's settlement)
  • Sebastian (venerable or honorable)
  • Vaughn (little)

Famous people with the name Zander:

Zander in movies/pop culture:

  • Zander(character in the television series “Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures”)
  • Dr. Zander Rice (character in the “Marvel Universe”)
  • Zander Smith (character on “General Hospital”)
  • Zander Carlson (character in the television show “Melissa & Joey”)