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Origins of the Saunders surname

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What does the name Saunders mean?

The origin of the Saunders surname is English and Scottish. It has patronymic roots, derived from the name 'Sander', a medieval version of the name 'Alexander'. It has been discovered in records dating back to the 1200s and would have been given to those who were the son or descendant of a person with one of these names.

Alternative variations of the name Saunders

Saunders, Sanders, Sawnders, Sannders, Saunder

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Where do most Saunderses live?

In 1921, most Saunderses lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Saunderses

How common is your surname?

120th most common surname in the UK

We have 284,000 records for the Saunders surname. The oldest one dates back to 1532.

Who were Saunderses most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Saunders first names?

  • William
  • John
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Saunderses

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

Common Female occupations for Saunderses in 1921




General Servant Domestic


Domestic Servant


General Servant


Common Male occupations for Saunderses in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer




Farm Labourer




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