Lysander Origin and Meaning

The name Lysander is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "liberator".

Lysander is a distinctive Greek name that could be thought of as a more creative cousin of Alexander. In ancient history, Lysander was the name of an esteemed Spartan naval commander and his literary cred comes from one of the two star-struck young men in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, as well as one of the twin sons (the other being Lorcan) of Luna Lovegood, whom we learn about in the Harry Potter epilogue.

Previously confined to the nurseries of Mayfair and Belgravia, we think Lysander could easily emigrate to the playgrounds of Park Slope.

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Famous People Named Lysander

  • Lysander5th,century Spartan admiral often credited with winning the Peloponnesian Wars against Athens
  • Lysander SpoonerAmerican philosopher and Voluntaryist
  • Lysander CutlerU.S. Civil War general
  • Lysander ButtonAmerican inventor who developed the fire engine
  • Lysander FarrarAmerican lawyer and politician from New York
  • Lysandre Nadeaufemale Canadian YouTuber

Lysander in Pop Culture

  • Lysandera main character and the lover of Hermia in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Lysander Scamandercharacter in Harry Potter the twin brother of Lorcan
  • Lysander Sagecharacter in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
  • Lysanderleader of Team Flare in Pokemon X and Y
  • Lysander (spelled as Lysandre in the original French)character in the otome game My Candy Love.
  • Lysandrea character in Pokemon XY video game and Pokemon XYZ anime.