The name Anders is a boy's name of Scandinavian origin meaning "strong and manly". Anders is ranked #792 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Strong, Brave or Powerful and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".
From the experts:
Friendly, unusual, but a decidedly Old Country version of Andrew and one of the classic Scandinavian names. It made a brief appearance in the US Top 1000 in 2006 and then reentered in 2010. Its rising popularity could be attributed to the interest in Anderson, which has been gaining steadily over the last fifteen years.
Trivia tidbits: The patronymic Andersson is the second most popular surname in Sweden, and in Denmark, Donald Duck is called Anders.