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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.

The earliest occurrence of the Anderson surname in our family history documents is from 1516, and we currently have 5,275,020 records where Anderson appears.

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