The name is a short form of Alexander, now used exclusively as an independent given name, it was brought to the spotlight via the TV series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003), in which one of the main characters is named Xander.
As of 2008, Xander was the 45th most popular male name in Belgium. His rankings in other countries are as follows:
- # 183 (Netherlands, 2010)
- # 253 (United States, 2010)
A feminine form is Xandra.