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Lysander

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Gender: Male Meaning of Lysander: "liberator" Origin of Lysander: Greek

The name Lysander is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "liberator". Lysander and is often added to lists like Unique Baby Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

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

Pop Culture References for the name Lysander

Leandro, Lesandro, Lezandro, Sander, Sandros, Lyzander

Lysander's International Variations

Lysandros (Greek)

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Cormorant Says:

2018-01-16T05:32:34

Another one I like, but probably would never choose.

lucid Says:

2017-09-22T09:13:27

Reminds me of cell lysis.

beachbear Says:

2017-01-14T23:21:04

Perfect name for a salamander.

TheSlothPrincess Says:

2016-06-05T20:30:41

I really like this name! Very unusual, but still sounds quite traditional and has a history to it. I like this better than Leander, because to me that sounds too much like Leanne.

Sophiegmg Says:

2016-06-02T20:37:13

My friends baby brother is called Lysander and he is beautiful and strong. I love him he's amazing already crawling at the age of 5months

Hufflepuffin Says:

2016-03-06T22:41:50

I've never heard the lice connection when I introduce my son to people. I loved the connection with Shakespeare and Harry Potter, so it quickly became a favorite. My husband was iffy on it, but he loves it now. He says he always hears it's such a strong name.

Floris Says:

2016-02-23T23:58:33

I like it. But it's more of a guilty pleasure name. Or a 2nd name...

snowsbeloved Says:

2015-11-13T19:28:54

I'm really liking this name. But I never noticed the lice thing. I've been pronouncing it LIS-and-er. Think I can get away with saying it that way?!?

Myosotis Says:

2015-04-24T19:12:43

I love Lysander! I didn't even see the "lice" thing until now, but that might be because I say the 's' as a kind of mix between 's' and 'z' (closer to z) so it's not as obvious. But part of the reason I love it so much (lice or not) is that I first heard it on an awesome character in a book that my mum read to me when I was younger. I really like the meaning too, and kind of wish I had a Freeman somewhere in my immediate family to honour (but there's always Martin Freeman lol). And the Shakespeare connection is an added bonus as well.

headintheclouds Says:

2015-04-23T04:59:49

I love Lysander as a strictly guilty pleasure name. Strange because I think the similar-sounding Leander is rather usable. I think it's the "lice" beginning sound.

soi_sauz Says:

2015-01-24T22:16:12

Makes me think of head lice.

leonoras Says:

2014-06-21T13:49:49

It's also a kind of plane from WW2. The plane was nicknamed the "Lizzie".