Sanders Family History

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Sanders Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and North German: patronymic from Sander 1.

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

Similar surnames: Sander, Saunders, Manders, Sanderson, Zanders, Anders, Gander, Lander

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Sanders Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Sanders name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Sanders. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Sanders Family Origin

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Sanders Family Occupations

What did your Sanders ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sanders. A less common occupation for the Sanders family was Keeping House. The most common Sanders occupation in the USA was Farmer. 42% of Sanders's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Keeping House


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Sanders Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 980,000 census records available for the last name Sanders. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sanders census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 67,000 immigration records available for the last name Sanders. 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 Card

There are 176,000 military records available for the last name Sanders. For the veterans among your Sanders ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sanders Life Expectancy

What is the average Sanders lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Sanders life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Sanders in 1940 was 41, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sanders ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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