Thoughts on Ander?

We are expecting baby #4 at the end of March. We currently have two girls and a boy: Carys, Harper and Declan. For a boy, my husband really likes Ander. I had only heard of Anders, which I like, but sounds a bit too much with our long, clunky last name. What are your thoughts on this name? Does it sound made up with Anders being a little more common? I'm leaning toward Asher instead, but my husband doesn't like that as much. We have used family names for middle names, so I'm thinking it will be Thomas, Scott or David depending on first name pick.  Thanks for your thoughts!!


February 23, 2016 7:29 PM

Depending on the last name, I much prefer Anders. When I tried to type Ander, it autocorrected to Andre--a problem that will likely follow him through his life. My thought is to give him the more recognizable Anders, and let Ander be a call name.

I like Asher--maybe Archer would also work?

February 24, 2016 4:51 AM

I know a little boy who is almost exclusively called Ander. He's actually an Alexander, but I think any of the other -ander names also give the same flexibility (Evander, Leander, Lysander) to use Ander as a nickname. I really like it, either independently or as a short form.

February 25, 2016 1:39 PM

I agree that Ander as a nickname for one of the -ander names would be perfect. I particularly like Lysander in this set of siblings.

February 24, 2016 5:37 AM

The sound of Ander is ok, but my first impression is that this is a Dutch word meaning other or another. I would go with Anders or Asher on this basis. 

February 24, 2016 12:16 PM

Yes, having taken German throughout high school and college, I have the same association.  When I try to think of it as a name, it has an unfinished feeling, so I much prefer Anders. 

March 1, 2016 2:53 PM

I wasn't aware of the Dutch or German language meaning, so thanks for the information. We have relatives in Germany, so we'll definitely have to give that some thought!

February 24, 2016 9:31 PM

I'm not certain how Anders is to long & cluncky but Ander isn't.  We are just talking about the difference of one letter.  I agree that Ander is likely to need more corrections because it might strike some people as incomplete (perhaps a typo?) or because it could be confused with Andre.

I like the suggestion of Archer for you.  I also thought of Asa.

March 1, 2016 2:56 PM

I don't think Anders is clunky, but our last name definitely is. As much as I like Anders, the addition of the 's' just doesn't flow with our last name as well as without. I suggested Archer to my husband, but he is turned off because of the animated TV show by that name. 

February 24, 2016 9:46 PM

Ander instantly makes me think of Ender, which is very tied to Ender's Game. Not a bad association to have, and I quite like the names, but it's probably something to consider.

It might be mixed up with Andre and Andrew, but I think Anders is just as likely to be confused.

Asher is great! And I love the suggestion of Archer. I also like the thought of Ansel, Oscar, or Enzo for you.

February 25, 2016 7:01 PM

Well, Ender's Game has the unavoidable association with its author, who is somewhat notoriously homophobic and racist.

February 26, 2016 7:48 PM

Hmm. Very good point indeed. I loved the book itself, but the association with the author does put a damper on things now that you mention it. :)

By EVie
February 25, 2016 5:15 AM

According to, Ander is the Basque form of Andrew/Andre/Anders etc. So it's an authentic name, just not as familiar to English ears (as is probably true of most Basque names). I think it's fine, though I appreciate the minor issues that others have raised. Either Ander or Anders sound fresher to me than Asher or Archer, though those are perfectly nice names as well. 

February 25, 2016 10:43 AM

I really like Anders, but agree with others that Ander feels unfinished. I live in a real Asher pocket, so that option is less appealing to me. 

Is the clunkiness of Anders due to an initial S or other silibant? 

With the silblings' names, the name Cormac jumped into my head. It shares the C with Carys, which might be problmatic, but just seems very in keeping with the other names. Just a thought. 

February 28, 2016 7:51 PM

i think Asher is really cute but i think Ander is cute without the s my thoughts though


February 29, 2016 11:15 PM

Ander sounds unfinished to me. You could go with Anderson, Andre, Andrew, or Andreas instead.

I also really like the sound of Evander or Leander with your other kids.

March 1, 2016 4:06 PM

Thanks for all the feedback! I don't think that we'll completely rule out Ander yet, but you've given us more to think about. Now I'll have to get back to the drawing board to hopefully find some more names my husband might like!