Love the names!! My son is also Xander, although we christened him with the full Alexander so that he can choose whatever he likes when he's older. He always gets Xander unless he's in trouble!! Also love Riley (Go Buffy!! We're big fans!) but this is one of our nephew’s middle names, and unless we run out of options don't really want to double up.
I've seen Xander spelt a couple of different ways, but because ours is an abbreviation went with the 'x' and not 'z'. Some even spell it with an 'a' at the end rather than 'er'.
Would you shorten it at all?? I know nothing annoys me more than when people try to shorten Xander to 'Xand' or 'Xan'! That's just a personal thing, as one of DH brothers finds even one syllable names too long and ends up shortening them! I figure, you spend so much time and energy selecting a name that suits your child, one that hopefully wont embarrass them, or make them the brunt of jokes at school, you then have the right as parents to select nick-names!
The girls names are lovely too. Unusual, without being 'strange'!
Cheers, from another Buffy fan!!
Dette, DS 06.03, DS 10.04, DD 03.06 & Due Sept 07!