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Sander Surname Meaning

English (Cumberland) Dutch German and Swedish: from the personal name Sander a shortened form of Alexander . Compare Saunders . German: topographic name for someone who lived on sandy soil from Sand 1 + -er suffix denoting an inhabitant. Norwegian: habitational name from any of the seven farmsteads so named in southeastern Norway from the indefinite plural form of Old Norse sandr ‘sand sandy plain beach’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Sanden, Sande, Lander, Sandel, Sandner, Gander, Mander, Sandler

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Where is the Sander family from?

You can see how Sander families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sander family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sander families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 14 Sander families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 30% of all the recorded Sander's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Sander families in 1840.
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What did your Sander ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Sander. 19% of Sander men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Sander women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sander were Clerk and Housework. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Housework
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Census Records

There are 73,000 census records available for the last name Sander. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sander census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Sander. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 16,000 military records available for the last name Sander. For the veterans among your Sander ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sander lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Sander life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Sander in 1942 was 28, and 79 in 2004.

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