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Gender: Male Meaning of Anders: "strong and manly" Origin of Anders: Scandinavian variation of Andrew Anders's Popularity in 2017: #792

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.

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Famous People Named Anders

Anders "Ders" Holm, American actor and screenwriter
Anders Per Järryd, Swedish doubles tennis player
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Danish politician, NATO secretary-general
Anders Aukland, Norwegian skier
Anders Leonard Zorn, Swedish painter
Anders Frithiof August, Danish screenwriter; son of Billie and Pernilla August
Anders Samuelson, son of runner Joan Benoit and Scott Samuelson
Anders Reyn Ribeiro (b. 2015), son of Alfonso Ribeiro & Angela Unkrich

Pop Culture References for the name Anders

Anders "Ders" Holmvik, character on TV's "Workaholics," played by Anders Holm
Anders Du Plessis, character on British TV series "Wild at Heart"
Anders, a character from the video game 'Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening' and 'Dragon Age II'
Anders of Mindelan, character from Tamora Pierce series "Protector of the Small"

Andy, Anderson, Andirs, Ander


WakahisaDManami Says:


Such a pretty name, but Anders Behring Breivik has forever ruined it for me =/

indiefendi2 Says:


Anders is very handsome.

Alsace Says:


I love Anders but wonder whether it would really stick or if he would end up being called Andy (which I'm not as fond of).

princessmadison Says:


This is my favorite intentional variant of Andrew! It sounds cool and nice to grow up with, my second probably has to be Andre.

headintheclouds Says:


This is a cool-boy name to me, it just has that effortless quality to it.