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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Zander

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  • According to a user from Pennsylvania, United States, the name Zander is of Unknown origin and means "Defender of Mankind".
  • A user from South Africa says the name Zander is of African origin and means "Love of my life".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Zan"der
A European pike perch (Stizostedion lucioperca) allied to the wall-eye; -- called also sandari sander sannat schill, and zant.

Etymology: Cf. D. zand sand

Notable Persons Named Zander

Jack Parow is a hip hop, zef, rap, afrikaans rap, and hip hop music musician. Jack was given the name Zander Tyler on February 22nd, 1982 in Parow, Cape Town. Jack is also known as Tyler and Zander.


Zander Schloss is a musician. Zander was born on August 7th, 1961.



Zander Diamond is a soccer player for the Northampton Town F.C., Aberdeen F.C., Oldham Athletic A.F.C., Burton Albion F.C., and Scotland national under-21 football team. Zander was born on March 12th, 1985 in Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire.


Zander Clark is a soccer player for the St Johnstone F.C., Hamilton Academical F.C., Elgin City F.C., and Queen of the South F.C. Zander was born on June 26th, 1992 in Glasgow, Scotland.


Zander Bleck is an electro (music), pop music, and rock music musician. He was most active from 2009 to present. Zander was born in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, USA.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Zander

Robin Zander is a rock music, power pop, hard rock, and southern rock musician. He was most prominent from 1973 to present. Robin was born on January 23rd, 1953.


Benjamin Zander is a classical music conductor, composer, music director, arranger, and conducting. He plays Cello and piano. He was most prominent from 1980 to present. Benjamin was born on March 9th, 1939 in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, England.


His military service ended in 1945. Wilhelm was born on April 22nd, 1911. He passed away on September 27th, 1974.


Luca Zander is a soccer player for the SV Werder Bremen and SV Werder Bremen II. Luca was born on August 9th, 1995 in Weyhe.


Gustav Zander was a physician and orthopedist. Gustav was given the name Jonas Gustav Vilhelm Zander on March 29th, 1835 in Stockholm. He breathed his last breath on June 17th, 1920.


Friedrich Zander was a scientist in the field of astronautics. Friedrich was born in Riga. He left this life on March 28th, 1933.


How popular is the baby name Zander in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1915 9 0 9
1934 6 0 6
1987 5 0 5
1988 7 0 7
1990 5 0 5
1991 5 0 5
1992 9 0 9
1993 11 0 11
1994 8 0 8
1995 12 0 12
1996 18 0 18
1997 32 0 32
1998 79 0 79
1999 109 0 109
2000 150 0 150
2001 274 0 274
2002 420 0 420
2003 957 0 957
2004 1,148 8 1,140
2005 911 0 911
2006 1,080 0 1,080
2007 1,053 0 1,053
2008 1,118 0 1,118
2009 1,152 6 1,146
2010 1,116 0 1,116
2011 1,302 0 1,302
2012 1,471 7 1,464
2013 1,594 0 1,594
2014 1,519 0 1,519
2015 1,458 0 1,458
2016 1,391 5 1,386
2017 1,551 5 1,546

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Popularity of Zander as a first name

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Popularity of Zander as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Zander U.S.
  White 92.41% 64.26%
  African American 2.94% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.55% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.53% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.46% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.10% 16.26%

Of Last Name Zander

People with the last name Zander are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Zander

  • What name lists does Zander rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Zander? Zander is the 1,684th most popular name of all time. As a last name Zander was the 7,373rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Zander have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 19,980 babies born with the first name Zander in the United States. That's more than enough people named Zander to occupy the territory of Cook Islands (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 17,791 (as of December 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Zander? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Zander first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Zander is Saturday, May 13th, 1882.
  • What year had the most people named Zander born? The highest recorded use of the first name Zander was in 2013 with a total of 1,594 babies. That's a lot of babies named Zander!
  • Random Zander Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Zander ranks 99th in popularity as a baby boy's name in North Dakota. Imagine that, 15 babies in North Dakota have the same name as you in 2016.
  • Weird things about the name Zander: Your name in reverse order is Rednaz. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nrdaze. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Zander? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,518 people with the last name Zander.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Zander? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Zander as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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