Gander Family History
Gander Name Meaning
English: from Middle English gander, Old English gand(r)a ‘gander’, ‘male goose’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a keeper of geese, or a nickname for someone supposedly resembling a gander in some way. English: variant of Ganter. North German: perhaps a habitational name from Gandern in Brandenburg. North German: nickname for a vain or self-important man from ganter ‘male goose’, ‘gander’. South German and Swiss German: habitational name from a place named with Middle High German gant ‘scree’ (Swiss gand), or topographic name for someone living by an area of scree.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press