Quick Facts on Xander
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Defender of men, warrior
Characteristics of Xander
Etymology & Historical Origin - Xander
Xander is an abbreviated form of the name Alexander and pronounced like Zander. Alexander is the Latin form of the Greek name “Alexandros”. The name’s meaning is interpreted from “alexein” which means “to defend” plus “andros” which translates to “man, warrior” in a relationship or possessive form. Hence the meaning: Defender of Men. The name is largely embodied by Alexander the Great, the well-known 4th century B.C. conqueror. A legendary military general, Alexander the Great was considered one of the greatest warriors in civilized history. The name was popularized in the post-Classical era throughout Europe as a common given name, and shows up several times in the New Testament. As the centuries progressed, pet forms began to develop such as Alex, Sasha, Zander and Xander. Today, these nicknames have become given names in their own right.
Popularity of the Name Xander
Xander is one of the more colloquial and informal of the Alexander nicknames. It is also an example of a given name that starts with the rare “X” making it a unique choice. Xander did not appear on the U.S. popularity charts as an independently given name until 1999 but it soared up the list remarkably fast. Within the name’s first five years of usage, it gained almost 700 positions on the list of boy names. Today, Xander is in the Top 300 making it a moderate favorite among males. It’s much less pretentious than Alexander, but it’s also so informal it still feels like a nickname. Xander brightens up the weightiness of Alexander and humbly tones down its ‘greatness’. We love Xander as a nickname more than a given name but see it as a good choice for the “no-frills” parent.
Popularity of the Boy Name Xander
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Xander
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Xander
Xander We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Xander.
Popular Songs on Xander
Xander - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Xander.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Xander
The Amazing Adventures of Xander Akira (Adam Sebastian Gibson) - Xander Akira is an 8 year old boy who goes on some amazing adventures. Recommended for ages 7-10.
Xander and the Wind (MCM) - Xander and the wind did not get along. Every time he had a balloon, it flew away. Every time he had an umbrella, it flipped inside-out. Every time he blew soap bubbles, they got in his eyes. Xander knew he had to learn to get along with the wind... but how? Recommended for ages 4-8.
Xander Nash: A Wet and Wild Ride (Hunter Talen) - The launch of the Xander Nash series met with great success as it filled the need for action/adventure stories for boys and girls ages six to ten that ground them in Biblical stories. Young archaeology enthusiast Alexander Nash travels back in time (or does he?) to witness Biblical stories and interact with characters including Noah, Moses and Sampson. Other new Xander Nash books include: Xander Nash: Don’t Have a Cow, Man!; Xander Nash: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow; Xander Nash: Sibling Rivalry; and Xander Nash: The Beginning of it All. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Famous People Named Xander
Famous People Named Xander - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Xander.
Children of Famous People Named Xander
Famous People Who Named Their Son Xander - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Xander.
Xander - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Xander - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Xander.
Personality of the Boy Name Xander
The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.
Variations of the Baby Name - Xander