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Gender: Male Pronunciation: zander Meaning of Xander: "defending men" Origin of Xander: Diminutive of Alexander, Greek Xander's Popularity in 2017: #163

The name Xander is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "defending men". Xander is ranked #163 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Boy Baby Names Moving Up Fast and discussed in our forums with posts like "Would you name your kid...".

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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.

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Famous People Named Xander

Xander Yan Bogaerts, Aruban baseball player
Alexander Harper "Xander" Berkeley, American actor
Alexander "Xander" Rawlins, English singer-songwriter
Xander Corvus, American actor
Xander Theodore Shanxi Kostroma, Welsh fashion designer
Alexander "Xander" Angeles, Filipino fashion photographer
Xander Parish, English 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

Pop Culture References for the name Xander

Alexander Lavelle "Xander" Harris, character on TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
Xander Carrow, character in the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie
Xander (pronounced "Alexander") Spence, character in "The Distance Between Us" by Kasie West
Xander, character in the Pandora series by Carolyn Hennesy
Xander Clavell, character in "The Sims 3" computer game
Xander, character in the video game Fire Emblem: Fates
Xander, character on TV's "Bunk'd"
Xander Cage, main protagonist in "xXx" movies series
Xander Hale, character in the Addicted Series

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