Boy Baby Name

Zander

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Quick Facts on Zander

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • American, English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 230
Pronunciation:
ZAN-dәr
Simple meaning:
Defender of men

Characteristics of Zander

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Zander

Zander is the phonetic equivalent to Xander, a short form of Alexander. 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 the well-known King of the Greek-influenced Macedon dating back to the 4th century BC: Alexander the Great. You’d be hard pressed to find a warrior more legendary than this man. 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. There are over 40 Christian saints that bear the name Alexander. This is one of the oldest and most successful names in human history. As such, the name gave way to scores of variations, nicknames and short forms. Xander is primarily used by the Dutch, while Zander is more typically American (English). Outside of these two nicknames, Alexander has also been shortened to Sandy (Gaelic) and Sasha (Russian).

Popularity of the Name Zander

The name Zander first appeared on the U.S. male naming charts this century in the year 2000. Another example of a nickname turning into a given name in its own right, Zander joins Alex, Alec, Xander, and Sasha as other short forms that are now given independently to children. It seems that Alexander is such a timeless classic; we can’t imagine why people would want to shorten it officially on the birth certificate. You can still call your child Zander even if his formal name is Alexander. By simply using “Zander” you are essentially limiting your son’s choices later in life. We would not recommend this name as a stand-alone. It’s far too informal and cutesy by itself. Although Xander is a high ranking independently given name in Belgium (less so, but also the Netherlands), so who are we to say? We love this as a nickname but feel it rather restrictive as a given name.
Popularity of the Boy Name Zander
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Zander

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Zander

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Zander

    Zander We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Zander.

  • Popular Songs on Zander

    Popular Songs on Zander

    Zander - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Zander.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Zander

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Zander

    A Day in the Life of a Yorkie Named Zander (Robert E Randall Jr.) - Spend a day with an adorable Yorkshire Terrier named Zander. Children can learn some basic principles of responsibility and behavior by observing Zander's daily activities and antics. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Zander

    Famous People Named Zander

    Famous People Named Zander - Zander Schloss (musician)

  • Children of Famous People Named Zander

    Children of Famous People Named Zander

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Zander - Mindy McCready (country musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Zander - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Zander - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Zander.

Personality of the Boy Name Zander

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Zander

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