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Anderson Name Meaning
Scottish and northern English: very common patronymic from the personal name Ander(s), a northern Middle English form of Andrew. See also Andreas. The frequency of the surname in Scotland is attributable, at least in part, to the fact that St. Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, so the personal name has long enjoyed great popularity there. Legend has it that the saint’s relics were taken to Scotland in the 4th century by a certain St. Regulus. The surname was brought independently to North America by many different bearers and was particularly common among 18th-century Scotch-Irish settlers in PA and VA. In the United States, it has absorbed many cognate or like-sounding names in other European languages, notably Swedish Andersson, Norwegian and Danish Andersen, but also Ukrainian Andreychyn, Hungarian Andrásfi, etc.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Anderson Families

  • Number of Anderson families
     6,190 - 12,378
     2,064 - 6,189
     1 - 2,063
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Anderson families
     2,608 - 5,214
     870 - 2,607
     1 - 869
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Anderson families
     3,888 - 7,774
     1,297 - 3,887
     1 - 1,296
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Anderson Family Origin

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Anderson Immigration Information

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Anderson Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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