Origin:Slavic
Popularity:549
Meaning:defender of men
If you like Alexander but prefer a shorter name, consider Zander. As with the longer name that it’s taken from, Zander means “defender of men.” Obviously the meaning was influenced by Alexander the Great, the legendary warrior who protected the Macedonian Empire in the fourth century BC. It made the baby-name chart in 2000 when the trend of using nicknames as legitimate first names was in full swing. Daniel Dae Kim of “Lost” found Zander to be the perfect name for his son.

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Source: Social Security Administration

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