I know a Zanda...
I understand that you are trying to be different but just remember your child will be an adult and have a resume with that name later in life...
Alexander is a strong name and certainly after Alexander the Great like you want....just use Xander as a nickname for the sake of your child please...
You're not offending me at all, but holy heck it's a name.
I don't see the need for insults. All names were made up, just because majority of names have been around for longer and we are used to them, doesn't make this any less of a name.
Just a side note though, my auto correct just changed it to expander.
Go with what you want to go with. I know people who have really popular names with seemingly only one spelling who have to spell the name out or confirm the correct pronunciation.
It couldn't be worse than a kid I came across whose name was spelled "phuc" but pronounced fook.
Eta: just to clarify (cos I just realised how it could be taken) by worse I mean for people who have never seen or heard the name before) this name would have be one of the names most dreaded to discover the correct pronunciation by having to read it out loud in front of a group of people.
Last edited by DesperatelySeekingSleep; 12-01-2015 at 15:46.
Phuc is a Vietnamese name that means blessing and it is actually pronounced Fook. So sounds funny to us, but it's just a difference in language. DH and I had this trouble when coming up with names because some of the names I liked had very different meanings in his home country and they had to be vetoed.
Ironically when I googled Phuc it said 'people who liked the name Phuc also liked Xander.'
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Last edited by SAgirl; 12-01-2015 at 16:33.
I'm agreeing with what others have said. X-ander is silly, looks wrong and even confusing. Exander or Alexander.
If you're going to go with Xander, put an E in front of it. I can't stand hyphenated names where a hyphen does not belong, but that's just me.
Last edited by Pearlygirl; 12-04-2015 at 22:44.
Hmm, I've always pronounced Xavier with the ex sound, but Xander with the z. Maybe it's because my first exposure to the name came from X-men?
Anyway, I don't think there's anything wrong with wanting Xander with a z sound - I rather like it, actually, because I love the name Alexander and it's obviously a derivative - but I don't think it should be spelt as is because it will cause a whole heap of confusion. (Case in point: my pronunciation of Xavier.)
And adding the hyphen just makes it tacky - and people might go the Zdashander route and that's a super bizarre name. Exander is probably a better bet just to curb confusion in future.
Your child, your decision, but don't forget that he's the one who has to live with the consequences of having to spell his name all the time and correcting people, first at school and then work and then everywhere that requires any sort of name register.
Last edited by snowqu33n; 14-01-2015 at 13:06.
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