XYLANDER Surname Meaning and Family History

What Does the Last Name Xylander Mean?

The Xylander surname was a Greek translation of a Dutch or German surname meaning someone who lived in the forest or who worked as a woodsman.
Jason Jones Travel Photography / Getty Images

Literally translated, the surname Xylander means "forest man"—a name given to someone who lived in a forest or as an occupational name for a woodman. From the Greek culon (pronounced xylon), meaning "wood" or "forest," and andros, meaning "man," this surname is the Greek translation of like-meaning Dutch or German surnames such as HOUTMAN, HOLZMANN and HOLTZMAN. Translating surnames into classical Greek or Latin was a popular practice in the 14th to 16th century.

Surname Origin: Dutch, German


Famous People with the XYLANDER Surname

  • Wilhelm Xylander (born Wilhelm Holtzman) - German classical scholar
  • Oskar Ritter und Edler von Xylander - Bavarian general

Where is the XYLANDER Surname Most Common?

According to surname distribution from Forebears, only a few hundred people in the world bear the surname Xylander. The majority of these individuals live in Germany, with a few in the United States, Switzerland, Sweden and India. This data does not include information on all living individuals, so is only a rough approximation of how popular a particular surname may be and where it is most commonly found. WorldNames PublicProfiler data follows the same pattern, and also indicates that within Germany the Xylander surname is most common in Thüringen, followed by Hessen and Bayern. The name can also be found in Zürich, Switzerland.

Genealogy Resources for the Surname XYLANDER

Meanings of Common German Surnames
Uncover the meaning of your German last name with this free guide to the meanings and origins of common German surnames.

Common Dutch Surnames and Their Meanings
De Jong, Jansen, De Vries... Are you one of the millions of individuals of Dutch ancestry sporting one of these top common last names from the Netherlands?

Xylander Family Crest - It's Not What You Think
Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Xylander family crest or coat of arms for the Xylander surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted.

FamilySearch - XYLANDER Genealogy
Explore over 3.6 million results from digitized historical records and lineage-linked family trees related to the Xylander surname and its variations on this free website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

DistantCousin.com - XYLANDER Genealogy & Family History
Explore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Xylander.

GeneaNet - Xylander Records
GeneaNet includes archival records, family trees, and other resources for individuals with the Xylander surname, with a concentration on records and families from France and other European countries.

The Xylander Genealogy and Family Tree Page
Browse genealogy records and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the Xylander surname from the website of Genealogy Today.


References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.

Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

>> Back to Glossary of Surname Meanings & Origins