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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.

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

Similar surnames: Enderson, Andersen, Andersson, Alderson, Sanderson, Anderton

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Anderson Family Origin

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Anderson Family Occupations

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In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Anderson. 8% of Anderson men worked as a General Labourer and 65% of Anderson women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Anderson were Bricklayer and Housewife

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means
  • Housewife

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Anderson Historical Records

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Passenger List

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There are 776,000 military records available for the last name Anderson. For the veterans among your Anderson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Anderson Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Anderson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Anderson in 1940 was 40, and 74 in 2004.

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