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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Xander
This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Xander in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the boy's name Xander:
Records indicate that 14,747 boys in the United States have been named Xander since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 2011, when 1,713 people in the U.S. were given the name Xander. Those people are now 8 years old.
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Comments about the name Xander
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100 Positive Comments
"My now almost 5yr old son is named Xzander and yes i spelled it XZANDER. I wanted something different and different spelling and I love it." Mar. 16, 2014:
"I am 4 1/2 months pregnant and my husband and I have had a really hard time thinking about the right name for our baby boy and just yesterday we came across the name Xander and immediately feel inlove!!!" Sep. 19, 2013:
"I love his name he is wild ,smart and very out going 3 year old and I also spell it Xander, Xander Payton feliciano . And people loves his name very different but his nick name is xan-man! Great choice." Dec. 13, 2012:
"My 2 1/2 year old son's name is Xander. For the longest time we couldn't decide on a name. We wanted something original one day it hit us. We also spell it Xander. Some people say "Oh I love that name" and other say "oh that's different" but we love it and the name fits him to a T!!!" Sep. 29, 2012:
"Named my son this after going back and forth on a lot of names. No regrets" Jun. 11, 2012:
"My godson's name is Xander and it suits his personally well. He is a born leader and an awesome athlete. Somehow the name Xander just fits his personality" May. 20, 2012:
"Hi my 5 year his xander my 3 boys choose it cause we didn't have any boys name I love the name and wouldn't of chosen any other them xander it suit him as well from Zoe best uk" Apr. 28, 2012:
"My 3 year old son's name is Xander. I love his name and he is very proud of it as well. Xander's middle name is Lee and I think "Xander Lee" flows well plus my first name is Leigh. I thought I wanted to name him Alexander, but I did not want him to be called Alex so I stuck with just the -xander portion. I sometimes get frustrated because of people wanting to spell it with a Z, but I always had to spell my name so it's not that bad. I loved his name enough to give his sister a complimentary name--Xoe. :-)" Nov. 28, 2011:
"I love the name Xander, I had that name picked out before my son was born. I pronounce the "X" where alot of people tend to call him Zander. I correct them and it can be frustrating, but its worth it for my son to have such a strong unique name to match who he is :)" Oct. 19, 2011:
"My 3 year olds name is Xander Robert and I loved it. There were people who were skeptical cause it is a unique name but I wouldn't have changed anything. People seem to think that his name is Alex, Alexander and even spell it Zander, people have a hard time understanding that if you call them Xander that it doesn't mean that his name is really something else. My sister calls him "Xan the man" and he loves it. I just love how unique and strong his name is." Oct. 12, 2011:
"My 2 week old is named Xander. I knew that if he was a boy, I would be naming him Xander. I don't like how some people have mispronounced it "Ecksander" and I'm not super-crazy about the fact that there will be other boys with the same name (I hate the idea of him having to go by a last initial) - but, I wanted to give him the "X" initial, and I really love the sound of the name. (and I don't like the name Alexander. Looking at my little guy, he sure looks like a "Xander" to me, so it was definitely the right choice! :)" Sep. 14, 2011:
"We are planning on using the name Xander. I love this name, even though my family hates it. And my extended family believes he will get beat up because of his name. Honestly I am appalled that my family is not being supportive of my husband and my decision. Because after all, names are up to the parents. And we shouldn't be having to defend a parenting decision before our little guy is even here. So I am happy to hear the comments of others who love the name, and that there are other children out there with the name, but not so many that it is a common name. Good luck with all of your little Xanders." Aug. 9, 2011:
"I have a 1yo Xander, full name Alexander, but everything is Xander. Not sure why people have so much trouble with it, X has a Z sound to it, like xylophone or a KS sound like sex. My mum hates it, others seem ti think it's weird, I always say his name is Alexander but we call him Xander, then people tend to get what I'm saying and how I'm saying it better. Sometimes I regret using this name even though I personally love it, I think mostly because my mum did say that she hates it and she tells all her friends that her grandsons name is Alexander." Mar. 11, 2011:
"after I heard this name in XXX I know that the day I have a boy, I am giving him this name. The name remindes me of Vin Diesel in xxx, strong, confident and sexy." Jan. 28, 2011:
"I'm six monhs preg. and my hubby and i have are having such a hard time thinking of a name. but when my sister inlaw asked if we like the name zander, we liked it allot allthough we would spell it with a x instead of the z.not sure if will keep this name,but even if we don't i still love the name.." Jan. 10, 2011:
"3 years ago we named our son "Xander Xomar".
Xander: Surely from the Vin Diesel's movie. My wife luvs him; and I like the phrase "This is what I live for!" before jumping off da plane.
Xomar: Also greek meaning "brave in battle" I haven't heard that name yet in South America. :)" Dec. 31, 2010:
"Im Alexander C Hannon IV my mother wanted to be different so 1971 Xander andwas introduced. The Name has served me very well ladies love it! Also X and X-man or Xanta for Xmas" Dec. 3, 2010:
"Xander is a very strong masculine name, and If Xander sounds too feminine (like the previous commenter suggested), you must be saying it wrong." Dec. 3, 2010:
"We named our beautiful 18 month old son, Xander. His name was chosen before he was even conceived. We pronounce the "X", a lot of people will pronounce it as a Z. It is perfect for him. I love it, so strong and bold. Just like my baby boy ;)" Dec. 2, 2010:
"My 2.5 year old is named Xander. I was set on this name since I was in first grade with a boy named Xander. I was a little irritated when I saw it used on Buffy and the XXX movie. It has gotten way too popular as a result. My son's official name is Jameson Alexander. We call him Xander. I was unable to convince my husband that the name Xander was a good idea til he was 3 weeks old. People seem to think I am saying dander when I say his name sometimes, But still, I love it. We have only ran into one other boy named Zander." Dec. 2, 2010:
"I named my 3 and a half year old Xander and he loves it! He always walks into a room and announces himself "Look, it's Xander!" it is so funny." Dec. 1, 2010:
"We decided to name our son Xander for two reasons. The first because we wanted something unique but not too unique. Nothing that will cause people to ask "what the heck were you thinking?". The second reason we chose "Xander" out of all the semi-unique names we found was based on the movie "XXX" with Vin Diesel. Both hubby and I enjoyed that movie and liked the toughness of the character.
Overall, we've been pleased. Our Xander is 2.5 yrs old and we always get compliments on his name. The only drawback is having to explain to people that his name is NOT short for Alexander." Dec. 1, 2010:
"My 7 year old son's name is Xander, and it's not short for Alexander. When
i was 8 mos. preg. I saw Vin Diesle's XXX, that's where I heard it first and thought it was rare and very special." Oct. 14, 2010:
"My son is called Xander - which is short for his sunday best name of Alexander - and I have to confess that i got it from a Jilly Cooper novel i read many years ago called Octavia!" Oct. 2, 2010:
"My month old is Xander. I have loved the name Alexander since I was a kid. I've always thought of Alexander the great and how powerful the name sounded. However, I'm a Jennifer and the thought of my son being one of the millons of Alex named kids gave me chills. I wanted him to instead to have something that let him stand out. However, since I've named him I've met 4 other Xanders. Two were short for Alexander but one was Xander. So while I like and love this name. I don't think it is going to be that uncommon for long. :-(" Sep. 26, 2010:
"My sons names is Xander. My mom and several other people in my family do not understand why i chose this name or why it is spelled with an X. I think it is very original and it is not something you hear everyday. It is original and he like his name because he always knows when someone id talking to him" Sep. 20, 2010:
"My son's name is Xander. We haven't had anyone mispronounce it in years. We've used the nicknames XanMan, Xman, and X. His name is unique enough still that everyone knows who I'm talking about when I say "my son is Xander." Not like my poor sister who had 3 Kaitlin's in her 1st grade class." Sep. 19, 2010:
"My name and my kid's name is Alexander. My nickname is Alex. His nickname is Xander.
People NAME their kids all sorts of stuff. Some people NAME their kids using just the nickname of a more formal name. Bob instead of Robert, Mike instead of Michael, and so on. There's nothing wrong with it. What does annoy me sometimes is that people don't realize the difference.
Some people spell my kid's name with a Z. Most do probably. That is, until he or I correct them. I usually tell them, we are both Alexander but I am Alex so he is Xander.
Then they get it..." Sep. 8, 2010:
"We've had nothing but positive feedback on our firstborn son's name--Xander. We haven't come across "Eckszander" yet, but I'm expecting it now that I've read these comments. We love the name, my family loves it, and our friends love it. It's a home run name if you want something meaningful and unique." Aug. 6, 2010:
"We have a six week old grandson named Alexander and they are calling him Xander. We also were not sure at first, but now love it. His 3 yr. old brother calls him "Cutie Xander"." Jul. 12, 2010:
"I love the name " Xander". I plan on naming my boy "Xander". But my husband wants to spell it "Zander". He belives that people will say X-Zander. Which I guess is true from al the comments. But like one of the comment said its like saying Xylophone. I am still going to spell it with an X. I love it." Jun. 2, 2010:
"i like xander but i think zander looks better and is easier for people to pronounce." Mar. 25, 2010:
"My husband and I named our son Xander and we love the name. He's only a month old but I think it fits him already. We thought we were being unique but have some to find out that Xander is a very popular name right now. We are just happy that its not as common as our names John and Sara." Mar. 8, 2010:
"Like the name Xander has a Sci-Fi character sound to it" Mar. 4, 2010:
"our little one is due in May 2010. His name will be Alexander but he will be called Xander. I wasn't sure of the name at first but it is growing on me." Jan. 19, 2010:
"Great name. It's stylish, sophisticated, proud, ancient-sounding, but also modern and informal and fun. What's not to like?" Nov. 18, 2009:
"I really love the nameee. I also like Ezekiel and Elijah. (:" Aug. 19, 2009:
"My son in 5 1/2 and loves his name Xander. Alot of people misspell it as Zander. He just finished learning letter sounds and at first was saying his name was spelled wrong, but after we discussed x endings and xylophone he gets it now. I love the name and it suits his great. We named him after vin diesel in XXX movie. Also Buffy's friend was Xander too!! And there is a Xander in PowerRangers so he loves watching that!!" Jul. 14, 2009:
"I really like Xander. I like Alexander as well but I can't stand the nn Alex so I'd use just Xander as a full name if I could." Jul. 11, 2009:
"I adore the name Xander! We named our little boy Xander, and i love the fact there wont be another child in his Class that shares his name! The only problem with it is, people seem to pronounce it X-Zander.." Jun. 28, 2009:
"My son is named Alexander and we call him Xander for short. I LOVE the name Xander and also Alexander. I figured this way he would have a choice when he was older. Now that he is 3 and starting school people have started calling him Alex but he always tells me he loves the name Xander but doesnt mind if anyone calls him Alex. I also get the Sander thing and his own grandpa calls him Z man lol. what can ya do but he knows his name and takes pride in it and thats all that matters" Jun. 21, 2009:
"My name is Xander. My mom or dad dod not give me this name like other parents might, yes i did give my self this name when i was about 3 back in 1996. My full name is Alexander and i could not pronounce it so i just said "xander'. At first i soelled it with a "Z" but when I was 6 i switched it to a "X" now i hve to correct Ecc-ander and Z-man...its a lot of fun!" Jun. 11, 2009:
"My son is a Xander and will be six in July. We do get the people who call him X-Zander, Alex, or even spell it with a Z. But, now he corrects them because he loves his name just as his mama and papa do!" Jun. 9, 2009:
"My grandson's name is Xander and at first I hated it. I'm used to it now, but my husband still hates it. He didn't want to name him Alexander because so many in our family have Alexander as the middle name, so along comes Xander." May. 21, 2009:
"My husband and I are Mexican-Americans. We both love Xander as our son's nickname (who is due any minute now). However, I have a problem. He wants to spell his name in Spanish and I want to spell it in English! It's Alejandro vs. Alexander. My husband insists on it being spelled in Spanish because we are "Mexican", but I disagree! How can we call him Xander when his name is Alejandro?! Should i just let it go?! Am I making a big deal?" Apr. 9, 2009:
"I plan to name my son Alexander, Xander for short." Mar. 25, 2009:
"We have named our 4 week old son Xander, it's a brill name but people have pronounced it Exander which is a little irritating however we still love it as it is both unusual and great sounding." Feb. 21, 2009:
"Im due in June and Im naming my son Xander. We hated the name Alexander cuz we didnt want people to call him Alex. So we stuck with Xander. And when people ask why its spelled with an X, I tell them its just like Xylophone. Then they get it. And yes, I have been getting people saying X-Zander-which is really annoying, and Im finally getting people broken of it." Feb. 15, 2009:
"We are naming our baby boy due in May Xander and a lot of the "older" folk in my family hate the name, but they wanted to name him Floyd or Wayne, which I despise. I think Xander is a great name and you can name you kid anything, saying Xander is a nickname and not a real name is like saying April or June or August is a month not a name.
We wanted something unique and uncommon, and there we have it! Comparing Xander to Elmer... is just silly and a horrible comparison as Xander is not trendy, and who cares? Your kid isn't going to change his name in 40 years because it's "outdated" he's going to love it because it meant something when he was named." Feb. 11, 2009:
"i have a 3 year old son named Xander, i get the same problems with people calling him x-ander. i don't even bother correcting them anymore, really, whats the point? i do however find it annyoing that his own grandfather calls him z, no matter how many times i correct him! great name! strong, and unique!" Jan. 29, 2009:
"My son is names Xander. He is 2 1/2. Everyone hated it at first but not that he is born everyone loves it. In fact it suits him just right. He's my lil X man." Jan. 13, 2009:
"My three year old son is named Xander. We never saw XXX or Buffy, we just liked the name and thought it was unique. Turns out that there were 3 other boys born in the hospital at the same time my son was born. Go figure!" Dec. 18, 2008:
"My son, born in 1998, was named Alexander, with the nickname Alex... little did I know that he would be one of 3-4 other Alex's in every class or sports team he's participated in... for the past 5 years, I've been trying to convince him to go by Xander, and I just succeeded! Yeah!" Dec. 8, 2008:
"My husband Alex and I named our son Alexander. He's the fifth generation of the family name Alexander. Since birth we have called him "Xander." People have misspelled it with a "Z." Come to find out, my husband's great grandfather's nickname was "Zander"! Way to keep it in the family!" Sep. 16, 2008:
"My son is one month old and we named him Alexander with a nickname of Xander. We all love the name. I am finding that many people are spelling it with a Z. I feel bad because we have an italian last name that he will have to spell his whole life and now he will have to spell his first name. The only other down fall is that people also think that I am saying Sander.
We thought this was a strong name but has the chance to use a more professional name if he chose to in the future." Sep. 8, 2008:
"My fourth child's name is Xander. My name is Alexandra so in a way he is named after me though I really got a kick out of hearing the name on the TV series, Buffy TVS, and later the Vin Diesel XXX movie. It's a unique stand alone name, that my son is very happy to have. All his buddies think it is a most awesome name. The only occasional problem we have is some wish to spell it with a Z, they learn not to very quick though." Aug. 22, 2008:
"i loved the name Xander ever since my friend named her son Alexander and called him Xander for short, technically, you can name your child ANYTHING and it will be a real name!! just because Xander is a dirivative/nickname of Alexander doesn't mean you can't use it on it's own, my mothers name is Sandra and i always wanted to name my daughter after her but when i heard the name Xander i was hooked on using it for my baby boy i'll have one day" Aug. 9, 2008:
"When i have a baby boy I'm naming him Xander after Xander Harris frm Buffy the Vampire Slayer :D" Aug. 2, 2008:
"I named my boy Xander, after Vin Diesel from XXX and the name is amazing. Strong, fun and unique plus it leads itself to a TON of fun nicknames...X-Man, X, Xan, etc. For those of you who claim that Xander is a nick name (Alexander) and not a real name how do you explain all those people that are named Alex, isn't that a nickname of Alexander as well and widely accepted?" Jul. 25, 2008:
"I love the name Xander! Ive never heard it before, i just discovered the name when looking at names in a baby book. I think it's a very awesome name and sounds very powerful! If i have a son i definately want to name him that!" Jun. 11, 2008:
"My son is Xander Cage (after Vin Diesel in XXX) awesome name!" Jun. 10, 2008:
"I named my new trumpet Xander. I think it's a rad name." May. 2, 2008:
"My name is Xander and I am 23 years old. I haven't had any problems with this name ever. Sometimes people mispronounce it "EX-ander", but I simply correct them (by describing how to pronounce the name "Alexander") and they get it. Otherwise, people always tell me they like it, that it's cool, and so forth. It's one of those names that people remember and want to say all the time when they talk with you. 60% of the people I converse with always start sentences with me saying, "Xander,...."." Apr. 24, 2008:
"I love the name. My four year old is named Xander Ryan. Yes, I chose the name because of Xander (Alexander) Harris on Buffy. What's wrong with that? Other people chose names because of a tv character, parent, family member. How you found the name doesn't matter. If you like the name, you like it for whatever reason." Mar. 30, 2008:
"ok is it pronounced ZZZZZZZZander EEEXXXXander help me in all confused
Signed, Haleigh Michelle" Mar. 4, 2008:
"It is cool and it has that tough guy edge to it. and it is a very attractive name, it is my second fav. (I hold Jaden as first)" Jan. 26, 2008:
"My daughter named my grand-son Alexander & his nick-name is Xander." Dec. 26, 2007:
"i named my son this...i love it! but it is more popular these days..there was another baby boy named "Xander" two doors down from us in the same hospital the same day my son was born!" Dec. 23, 2007:
"I love the name, for a child or a pet. Great name!" Nov. 29, 2007:
"I just think that Xander will become used alot more in the future. I will name a boy Xander, because it is a good futuristic name." Jul. 28, 2007:
"that will be my sons name in august when hes born xander lee kurthy" Jun. 23, 2007:
"hey my name is xander and im 21 now. my parents named me cuz they wanted alexander jr at first then they were like nah. i was always told "you have such a cool name". i never got picked on once cuz of it. not even with the buffy thing or anything everyone just said cool. i had nicknames like xander the great, xan, xan the man. the only thing is that everyone always had a hard time gettin my name at first, they either couldnt pronounce it or gave up and just said alexander name ur kids xander its a cool name lol" Apr. 30, 2007:
"Our son's name is Xander Riley and we've only had two people mispronounce it...mainly older people. My mom initially hated it before he was born, but now she says she can't imagine him with any other name. He has tons of cool nicknames..."X," "Xan," "Xan-the-Man!!"" Apr. 11, 2007:
"We are due in July and we are naming our son "Xander" with an "ex" sound not a "Z" sound...it only makes sense to either spell it "Xander" and pronounce it that way or spell it with a "z" and pronounce it "zander"...people need to realize that if it is spelled with an "x" vs. a "z" then it should be pronounced that way. Oh, and it IS a nickname for Alexander..." Apr. 10, 2007:
"I love this name too cause ITS MY SONS NAME TOO! but we spell it Xandur instead or E R its something different and not all that common My baby seems to like it too!!!THUMBS UP!!FOR THE NAME XANDUR!!!" Mar. 20, 2007:
"Me and my wife love the name Xander, our babys due in May and its definitely a boy so this will be his name. My mum doesnt like the name wants to call him Sheridan (!) which i hate, my sister doesnt like the name and says she wont call him by his name which i think is disrespect to myself my wife and my baby. my mother in law says nothing. the baby will be called xander simple as that if they dont like it tough!" Feb. 28, 2007:
"i am due the middle of march and if it is a boy we will call him xander. out of all the boy and girl names i went thru (and i swear i've seen everything under the sun!!!) this is the only name i absolutely fell in love with! i saw this name for the first time in a baby magazine and i knew immediately how it was pronounced. i don't understand how educated people can have difficulties pronouncing this name?! don't they know how to spell/pronounce "xylophone" for example? anyway, i've gotten many positive responses to this name so far - i think it's a great name! :D" Feb. 23, 2007:
"Well I named my son Xander like "Z" xander. I wanted something not many others use. I can say I have only heard the name on t.v. or movies. Yes people mess it up but its fine. I have been critised by many people for naming my son Xander. Well its just because most people have common names. I love the name Xander. Its a very PROUD name.." Feb. 17, 2007:
"I am due in April and this will be my son's name, it might be a problem for my mum if she finds out b4 hand and she realises it is short for Alexander (her ex's name - my father 'not dad'), I have always liked Xander." Dec. 7, 2006:
"This is my sons name, he is only 2 years old, the people at his nursery and play group think it is cool!" Nov. 21, 2006:
"This is my son's name... Many people definitely pronounce it X ander and do spell it with a Z I only met one other child with this name and it is spelled with a Z. I personally love the uniqueness of this name and just happen to be an old hippie but i'm not sure what that has to do with it..." Nov. 13, 2006:
"its pronounced "Zan-der" but my name is Xander, with a Z sound"