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Contributor Contrib.Lucille on 8/27/2013
This given name is predominantly used in South America. In the Spanish-speaking countries of that continent, it is probably a combination of a name starting with Eli- (such as ELISA) with a name ending in -ander (such as ALEXANDER). After all, it is fairly common in especially Latin-American countries for parents to give their child a name that is a combination of their own names. Also compare ELIÁN and ELIANDRO.As for Brazil: Eliander is usually a short form of ELIANDERSON there, though of course the explanation described above is possible in Brazil as well.