Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name 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.

All About the Baby 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.

Popularity

OF THE BOY 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.

Quick Facts

ON XANDER

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

219

PRONUNCIATION:

ZAN-der

SIMPLE MEANING:

Defender of men, warrior

Characteristics

OF XANDER

Communicative

Creative

Optimistic

Popular

Social

Dramatic

Happy

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Xander

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME XANDER

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Popular Songs

ON XANDER

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Famous People

NAMED XANDER

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Children of Famous People

NAMED XANDER

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME XANDER

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