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.

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List of People with Surname Anderson

According to our database, there are a total of 382,444 people with the surname Anderson. Among these people surnamed Anderson, there are about 10,486 distinct names, with an average of 36 people who have the same name. Jeffrey Anderson, Kathy Anderson and Christopher Anderson are the top three most widely-used names from the list of people surnamed Anderson, with 1,348, 1,344 and 1,320 people respectively.

Besides that, we found that California has the largest number of people surnamed Anderson, with a total of 34,428 people, and there are a total of 5,256 distinct names among these people. Texas is the second-most populous state for people with the surname Anderson, with a total of 27,342 people and an average of 4,736 distinct names.