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  • 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 9 years old.

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  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "Named my son this after going back and forth on a lot of names. No regrets" Jun. 11, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "i like xander but i think zander looks better and is easier for people to pronounce." Mar. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "Like the name Xander has a Sci-Fi character sound to it" Mar. 4, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "Great name. It's stylish, sophisticated, proud, ancient-sounding, but also modern and informal and fun. What's not to like?" Nov. 18, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I really love the nameee. I also like Ezekiel and Elijah. (:" Aug. 19, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "I plan to name my son Alexander, Xander for short." Mar. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "When i have a baby boy I'm naming him Xander after Xander Harris frm Buffy the Vampire Slayer :D" Aug. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is Xander Cage (after Vin Diesel in XXX) awesome name!" Jun. 10, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my new trumpet Xander. I think it's a rad name." May. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "ok is it pronounced ZZZZZZZZander EEEXXXXander help me in all confused Signed, Haleigh Michelle" Mar. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter named my grand-son Alexander & his nick-name is Xander." Dec. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name, for a child or a pet. Great name!" Nov. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "that will be my sons name in august when hes born xander lee kurthy" Jun. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "We are due in July and we are naming our son "Xander" with an "ex" sound not a "Z" 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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "its pronounced "Zan-der" but my name is Xander, with a Z sound" Oct. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "We're thinking of naming our next boy Steffen Xander." Oct. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'd like to call my baby Xander if I have a boy. I think it's strong and modern." Sep. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our son is Alexander, but we call him Xander for short. A strange man told my 5yo son that Xander was not a real name. We also get annoyed when people take the liberty of calling him Alex." Aug. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "We due on Apet 20 of this year and our son's name will be Xander David. We LOVE it!!" Aug. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my first new born's name and everyone from my family and at work love the name. It means "Protector of Mankind" in greek. I wanted my son to be part of the next generation X. Hence, Xander was born July 1, 2006." Jul. 25, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Funny how it became so popular afte rthe movie XXX came out with Vin Diesel as XANDER. lol" Jul. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name it's my sons name and my pet hate is also when people spell it Zander or ask if I am a buffy fan - I am not fyi" Jul. 13, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my 2-year old son's name. We thought it was really unique and then I found out the woman two doors down from me in the hospital where I had my baby had named her son Xander also! LOL. Since then I have met one other Xander. People always think it is short for "Alexander" or it's pronounce EX-ander. I hate it when people who know my son spell it with a Z. Or they think it's from that stupid Buffy the Vampire Slayer show..I love the name! My mom thinks it's weird...too bad!" Jul. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "We are going to name our son Xander. We LOVE the name despite some strange comments from family and friends. You can't make everyone happy!" Jul. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my infant son's name. I chose this name because it will always have a uniqueness to it as opposed to every other Tom, Dick, or Harry. Although most people see it and don't pronounce it properly, I don't take it to heart. Its a beautiful name and I wouldn't have changed anything about it. :)" Jun. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Xander. I like originality and love the name. People where I live haven't heard of it but find it a nice name." Mar. 24, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name. It was what I named my son, but I had never heard it anywhere else before, so that is why we named him Xander. I have never meet another Xander, and didn't realize how popular of a mane it was. But it is the most amazing name ever." Feb. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a very common name and vowed when I would have my own kids, they would have names that are not over-used like Mike or John. I am pregnant with my 3rd baby and I am trying to convince my hubby to go with Xander" Feb. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my son's name and he was born in 2003, it is strong, simple and really suits him" Dec. 20, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's our second son's Christian name and we luuuurve it! I get annoyed when people extend it to Alexander though..." Dec. 1, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I live in England and my Girlfriend is pregnant with our first child. We have decided on the name. Thatýs right its going to be Xander. We think itýs a great name." Nov. 29, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "im looking for an unusual mane for my unborn baby and this comes out tops for me i love it!!" Nov. 21, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name. Most people, at first glance, pronounce it as "eXander." They are tempted to actually say "X" and then "ander." I work with a name tag on, and I have at least 1 person every day ask me how to say my name. My absolute biggest pet-peeve is when people spell it with a leading "Z." That happens too, too many times to forget. I even have people ask me if my parents named me Xander because they were hippies, or if they were mad at me." Jul. 4, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      14 Negative Comments

  • "It feels a little forced, like everyone is trying just a bit too hard to be "different" by giving their kid a unique pronunciation or wacky spelling. Being special or quirky comes from within and it seems tacky to try and impose that. Having said that I would NEVER tell my sister how I truly feel about this name she gave my gorgeous nephew. That is way out of line and those that do are horrible human beings." Feb. 14, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I absolutely hate this name. You're kidding yourself if you think it's unique. It's seriously overused, and only by women who think they're being super original, which makes it that much more aggravating." Jan. 28, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "Yes, we named our little bundle of joy "Xander"...we treat the "X" and the "r" as silent and pronounce it "An-dee". Come on people how mortifying for you're -most likely- aspiring imbecile to reach the tenth grade before realizing "box" is not pronounced "Boz"." Dec. 24, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "great name for getting your kid beaten up at school" Feb. 1, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "People may want to imagine that their son is Vin Diesel. A stage name, and likewise, Xander was the name of a character. I agree with the comment from December 2nd. I think we need to realize that Jody and Carol were once mens names as well. And to the comment left the same day stating "so strong and bold. Just like my baby boy"....while I admire the love for your child, a baby is neither strong nor bold. Hard to be either as an infant. The comment regarding "saying it wrong" was left by a fool. Let's not pretend that one persons opinion is lessened by their pronunciation, shall we? Continue as you wish....Xander lovers." Jan. 14, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Not sure why anyone would want to give their child this awful name. It's about as masculine as Lilac, or Nancy. I dated a woman who's son was named Xander, and every time she said it, I cringed. I understand wanting to give your child an uncommon name, or something a little different, but this one is a strike out." Dec. 2, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My full name is alexander - so i decided to shorten it. at first it was xander but it seems many people had that name so i converted it to xandie! interesting huh." Dec. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Why would you call your kid like someone from Buffy? Madness." Nov. 21, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "The name is "Alexander", Xander is a nickname not a name." Jun. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Have a relative with this name. They pronounce it Exander. Silly." Jun. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm sure back in 1895, some people thought "you know what? Elmer is a really cool name. It's so unique!" I think "Xander" is the 2000's equivalent of "Elmer." (Probably not even as clever, since it's just Alexander chopped off) It's a trendy name that 40 years from now is going to look as dated as leisure suits. There are tons of trendy names that will look dated, but "Xander" is a particularly egregious example." May. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "As far as I can tell, the only reason people name their kid that is because of Xander on Buffy-- yes? That character's full name was Alexander, anyways." Dec. 31, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Life is tough enough without having a handle like this one." Jul. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "He will have difficulty in KDG with spelling his own name and learning letters and sounds.... Z sound for X? Why do parents do this?" Jun. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      33 Neutral Comments

  • "My baby boys name is Alexander, Zxander for short. Everyone loves it" Jan. 25, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "people are weird . alex is a great name , xander sounds like a star wars character to me" Sep. 21, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "Just named our four day old Xander and got an email from my grandparents telling us how weird they think it is and its not the kind of obstacle you want to place for your child. I know they are way out of line, but if they feel that way, i know others will too. I dont want to disadvantage him later in life where your name is judged- job interviews, scholarship essays, work reports, etc. Considering calling to change it to Alexander and leaving Xander for everything unofficial. He would get to move to the front for everything alphabetical!" Nov. 21, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well, I love the name Alexander! strong boy name... my gandson was to be called Alexander but they shortened it to Xander. I love the name as well. Just different enough, thank goodness it's not Bob, or Max." Aug. 7, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am almost 7 monthes prego and my baby boy is going to be Xander and I love it..Well actually his name is Alexander but I am calling him Xander...Its unique!" May. 30, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "We adopted a little boy at 11 months old and changed his name to Xander, at first I almost regret it cause its hard for people to say.I love his name now cause its unique and he has turned out to be very unique.It means "great leader". We pronounce the X and he is now 4 and he corrects people if they don't pronounceit right,so cute!" Jan. 23, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 3 year old's name is Xander- my husband came up with it and we love the name! Since having him I have come across 2 other little boys named Xander and I'm always surprised to hear it! That is a really great feeling" Oct. 26, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Xander for several reasons... First I hate the name Alexander, Second I didn't want him to be in a class like I was with 5 Jason's. I first saw the name in the Vin Diesel movie XXX and loved it, so I checked it out and found some interesting things: It actually comes from Sandor (Hungarian). To the person who wrote it's nickname (13 June 2008), sadly you have shot your mouth off before doing some research. If you use your statement then everyone in the world would have one of about 20 names tops." Oct. 16, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I wanted to name my son Xander but my husband didnt like that name he said it was too common so we ended up naming him "Xandon" because my name starts with an "X" so since this was our very last child I decided to name him after me. Why is it everytime I take him to the doctor they pronounce the X and the call him X-andon look people X has a sound too." Aug. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our son is due in November, first I came up with Zander because my brother's name is Zachary and I liked the idea of a "Z" name. But the more I think about it, I think I will go with Xander. It's unusual but not ridiculously out there. My family isn't loving it.. but it will grow on the I'm sure." Jul. 16, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like Xander and I like ever I dont like it being too long.So i split it in two....1st Alex and middle Xander" Mar. 12, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our son is 2 months old & we named him Xander. We love that name!! We actually discovered it watching the credits to the movie Taken (actor Xander Berkeley). All our family & friends love the name too." Feb. 21, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husbnad is Alexander and we are thinking about naming our baby Xander after him, I didnt like it at first but I think its growing on me! What do ya think?" Jul. 26, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am having a baby boy on Oct and my husband and I have loved the name Xander for years! Most of his family HATE it and beg us not to name him that. They say he will be made fun of or that he will have to go to a job interview with this name yep he sure will and the other applicants will be Apple,Scout,Xavier etc! What a stupid thing to say, this is our child and none of anyone elses business besides Xander is a great name so they just need to get used to it. I agree with the blogger that said her family would have been happy with Floyd or Wayne! I hear ya that is so true but those names would get made fun of in this day and age way before Xander!" Jun. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Xander. The only thing I don't like is how people pronounce it "X-Zander" Why would I name my child "X-Zander?" And people who think I spell it with a "Z" or call him "Z" for short no matter how many times I tell them his name is Xander with an X, it is is full name and not short for Alexander, and is pronounced "Zander" but with an "X". How hard is that to understand?" Dec. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "To the person who made the inane comparison about the popularity of Elmer and people naming their child Xander, it is a personal preference that has nothing to do with other people's likes and dislikes. I like the name Xander today and I will like the name Xander 40, 50 years from now. I chose the name Xander because it is fairly unique. I didn't want some popular name. Take the name Jacob for example. That is a very popular boy's name. I hate that name. I think it's an ugly name, but a lot of people obviously like it and some probably chose the name expressly for its popularity." Dec. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "two similar derivations I have come across are 'Xaan' or its other version 'Zaan' - pronounced to rhyme with 'yarn' or 'tarn'" Oct. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is named Alexander. We had a tough time deciding between Alex and Xander for an everyday name. We finally decided on Alex, but I'm still not sure we did the right thing because Alex is so common." Aug. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husbands name is Alexander, we are thinking of naming our son Xander after his father. Its just a name, not everyone has to like it or even spell it right. My name is Jessica and through out my life people have called me Jessie for short and spelled it Jesse or just correct them or ignore it, no biggie." Jun. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well if we have a boy we are naming him Xander. I didn't realize how much contraversie there was over the name. I never watched Buffy and had actually never really heard the name before until my husband said "what about the name Xander for a boy" and my first thought very powerful. My huband and I are very successful people and expect our children will go just as far if not further in live. So I think Xander will be a great name for our son! And a very powerful name for the future" Apr. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Xander. Everyone spells it with a Z. I was a fan of Buffy for like a year, but I'm not fanatic enough to name my baby after a character in it. I actually named him Xander because there was this really cool guy that worked at the book store and that was his name and I just thought it sounded so cool. Lol. I also love Vin Diesel and his name in "XXX" was Xander!" Jan. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like the name Xander. It's unique. A friend of mine named their little boy Xander (he's 2 now) and it fits him." Oct. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im 7 months pregnant with my first child and my boyfriend is dead set on the name Xander for a boy, if its a boy. Im not crazy about it and the more I hear it or the more I say it, I don't care for it. I mean, this baby has to live with that name for the rest of his life and I have to say it the rest of mine. It just sounds like a super hero name. No offense to anyone else with that name. I feel like since hes going that route, why doesn't he just suggest we name him Optimus Prime?" Sep. 3, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "spell wrong with a z instead of x. have to explain how to say the name" Jul. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Xylophone also starts with x and sounds like z. I love the name Xander and will name my son that in the next couple of weeks. I think it makes sense to have an X since it's shortened from Alexander. We went back and forth about X or Z and settled on X. Also, a character from Buffy has that name spelled with an X." Jul. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Xander. For the most part people under 40 seem to get it and think it's cool. People over 40 often have no idea what I'm saying. His own grandmother spells it Zander. Sigh. We've run into one other little boy named Xander that's about the same age while at a doctor's appointment. But for the most party, people think it's a pretty decent name, and isn't one that's often heard." Jun. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "good name, but pronounced xarnder rather than xan." Apr. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "When we found out we were having a boy we knew his name-Xander!! We have gotten nothing but compliments on his name. It suits his fun personality to a T!!!" Apr. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Xander. My friend who actually is a Buffy fan had twins - a boy and a girl. And i kid you not, she named then Xander and Faith! (her dog's name is Willow)" Mar. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "LOVE it! But i'm highly swayed by the character Xander from 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'." Aug. 24, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "DO YOU pronounce it "X"ander or with the "z" sound? I'm confused!" May. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Xander. It's actually my husband's fav and has grown on me. We're expecting our first child this year and we plan on naming him Xander Jospeh. (Balancing the trending/uniqueness with a tradional biblical name)." Jan. 2, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Xander and people always ask were did I get it from. Our son's speech therapist was calling him Xandra and I said to her NO ITS XANDER" Dec. 19, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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