Popularity:335
Origin:Greek
Meaning:Defender of humankind
Xander is a boy’s name that stems from the Greek name Alexander, meaning “defender of humankind.” Pronounced “zander,” this name blends modern edge with classic grace that will stand to baby as they grow. Xander may sound like a trendy nickname, but have no doubt it is an independent title. Xander first hit the charts in 1999, with parents most likely inspired by the 90s TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. A real-life Xander, born in 2011, is the son of January Jones of Mad Men. If you’d like a contemporary take on a timeless Greek title, Xander is the name for baby.

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