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Updated May 24, 2023

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Boy name origins & meanings

  • Greek : Defender of man

What does Zander mean and stand for?

The name Zander is of Greek origin and means "defender of man." It's a variant of Xander and a diminutive of Alexander.

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How Popular Is The Name Zander

Family name origins & meanings

  • German : variant spelling of Sander.
  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : ornamental name from German Sander, Zander ‘pike perch’.
  • South German : occupational name for a barber-surgeon who also pulled teeth, an agent derivative from Middle High German zan(t) ‘tooth’.

What Does the Name Zander Mean?

The name Zander is of Greek origin and means "defending men." It is a diminutive of the name Alexander.

How Popular is the Name Zander?

Zander is the number 293 most popular boys name in the US, according to 2021 Social Security Administration data. It has been fairly stagnant since entering the top 300 in 2008. The name toggles between gaining popularity and losing a little as the years go by.

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Popularity of the Name Zander in the United States

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Zander was at its peak popularity in September 2017.

Zander was searched for most often in the following states:

  1. North Dakota
  2. South Dakota
  3. Wisconsin
  4. Tennessee
  5. Montana

Famous People Named Zander and Zander in Pop Culture

Popular for some time, the name Zander has a few notable namesakes such as musician Zander Schloss, author Zander Sherman, and singer (Thomas) Zander Bleck. The name has also appeared in Melissa and Joey and X Men.

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