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Origins of the Anderson surname

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What does the name Anderson mean?

The Anderson surname is common in both Britain and Scandinavia, with similar roots (it is the most common surname in Sweden, fifth most common in Norway and Denmark). Anderson is a patronymic surname, describing someone who is the son or descendant of a person named Andrew. Anderson has a particular popularity in Scotland (where it is the 8th most prevalent surname), due to the Patron Saint of Scotland, making the given name Andrew far more common.

Alternative variations of the name Anderson

Anderson, Andersone, Andersson, Andreson, Andersoun

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Where do most Andersons live?

In 1921, most Andersons lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Andersons

How common is your surname?

48th most common surname in the UK

We have 504,000 records for the Anderson surname. The oldest one dates back to 1100.

Who were Andersons most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Anderson first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Andersons

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Andersons in 1921


Domestic Servant






House Keeper


Common Male occupations for Andersons in 1921
Coal Miner






General Labourer


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