Gender: Male Pronunciation: eh-VAN-der Meaning of Evander: "bow warrior; strong man" Origin of Evander: Scottish; Greek

Evander Origin and Meaning

The name Evander is a boy's name of Scottish origin meaning "bow warrior; strong man".

Evander is a name that could build on the popularity of shorter form Evan, and could work and play well with schoolmates like Zander and Xander.

Evander was prominent in Greek and Roman mythology: in classical lore Evander was a wise Arcadian hero who founded the city in Italy that preceded Rome, appearing in Virgil's Aeneid.

Evander also derives from a Norse name meaning bow warrior.

In modern times, the name has been associated with boxing champ Evander Holyfield.

Evander could make a more distinctive aternative to Alexander.

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ParanoidAndroid Says:


Not my cup of tea, but "Van" can work as a nice nickname. Still a fan of Leander more than Evander. Definitely better than Alexander/Xander.

autumnreverie Says:


I like the nicknames Evan and Ender.

stella2007 Says:


Love the nicknames Van and Vander

danirose01 Says:


This has been at the very top of my boys list for a while. I've never met an Evander, and it's just such a beautiful name I can't figure out why it's not more popular!

jaz.fortune Says:


I love this name, I'm between this name and Leander. Both meaning are great for a boy. I can see myself naming my little boy Evander Grey and calling him Van or Vander as a nickname

MeganJoy Says:


Holyfield is a great namesake! He was the champ and Tyson was a chump cheater, but Holyfield behaved with great character and even publicly forgave Tyson. Holyfield is a class act!

Amanda Lee Hawkes Says:


I adore this name. I love that it is unique yet familiar. I know four Exander's under the age of four but I have never met an Evander. My baby boy is due in early 2016. I think he will be my little Evander. Nickname will be Van.

ashbee Says:


This name has a beautiful sound. It's the name of several famous athletes, has Scottish, Norse, and mythological origins, and means strong and warrior. I think a little boy would love to have this name.

headintheclouds Says:


I've love love loved this name since a few years ago when I first discovered it. It's a name rich with history that has a wonderful meaning, is strong and handsome, isn't common while also not being too obscure or hard to spell/pronounce, and sounds great in its full form while also having the accessible nicknames Evan, Van, Vander. I hope I would be able to have a baby boy to give this name to in the future :)

madmaddie Says:


Usable, yet relatively obscure. As for the boxer thing, that'll pass.

clairels Says:


Yes, I feel the same way.

raevynstar Says:


I don't think of him at all. :)

carissaaa Says:


i really, really want to like this name, but i definitely think of the boxer who got bitten by Mike Tyson. would other people?