Diminutive of Alexander, Greek
"defending men"

Xander Origin and Meaning

The name Xander is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "defending men".

Xander is a diminutive of Alexander, the Latin variation of the Greek Alexandros. Its meaning, "defending men," is taken from the Greek roots aléxein, "to defend," and andros, "men." Zander, pronounced the same way, is an alternate spelling.

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. 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.

# 215 in the US

Xander Rank in US Top 1000

# 209 on Nameberry

Xander Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Xander Popularity

Famous People Named Xander

  • Xander Yan BogaertsAruban baseball player
  • Alexander Harper "Xander" BerkeleyAmerican actor
  • Alexander "Xander" RawlinsEnglish singer,songwriter
  • Xander CorvusAmerican actor
  • Xander Theodore Shanxi KostromaWelsh fashion designer
  • Alexander "Xander" AngelesFilipino fashion photographer
  • Xander ParishEnglish ballet dancer
  • Xander McGuire (b. 2004)son of actor Eddie McGuire
  • Xander Dane Jones (b. 2011)son of actress January Jones
  • Xander Maximilian Perks (b. 2016)son of model Noelle Reno and Nick Perks

Xander in Pop Culture

  • Jonathan Alexander (Xander) Emersonmain male character in Scarlett Avery’s book “Delectably British”.
  • Alexander Lavelle "Xander" Harrischaracter on TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
  • Xander Carrowcharacter in the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie
  • Xander (pronounced "Alexander") Spencecharacter in "The Distance Between Us" by Kasie West
  • Xandercharacter in the Pandora series by Carolyn Hennesy
  • Xander Clavellcharacter in "The Sims 3" computer game
  • Xandercharacter in the video game Fire Emblem: Fates
  • Xandercharacter on TV's "Bunk'd"
  • Xander Cagemain protagonist in "xXx" movies series
  • Xander Halecharacter in the Addicted Series