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Gender: M Pronunciation: zander Meaning of Xander: "defending men" Origin of Xander: Diminutive of Alexander, Greek Xander's Popularity in 2014: #211

One of the newer short forms of Alexander, Xander is a spelling that first saw the spotlight via Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and then as Vin Diesel's character in XXX. This relative newcomer, along with phonetic spelling Zander, is now just outside the Top 200 names in the USA. Mad Men star January Jones named her son Xander Dane.

Even shorter forms Xan and Zan are now also being used on their own. Xan is a character in the P. D. James novel The Children of Men, and is a favorite choice of computer game creators.

Famous People Named Xander

Xander Yan Bogaerts, Aruban baseball player
Alexander "Xander" Harper Berkeley, American actor
Alexander "Xander" Rawlins, English singer-songwriter
Xander Corvus, American actor
Xander Theodore Shanxi Kostroma, Welsh fashion designer
Alexander "Xander" Angeles, Filipino fashion photographer
Xander Dane Jones, son of actress January Jones

Pop Culture References for the name Xander

Alexander Lavelle "Xander" Harris, character on TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
Xander Carrow, character in the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie
Xander (Pronounced "Alexander") Spence, character in 'The Distance Between Us' by Kasie West
Xander, character in the Pandora series by Carolyn Hennesy

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